Loyola University Chicago

Department of English

Nineteenth-Century Resources

(Image: The Plumb-pudding in danger, or, State Epicures taking un Petit Souper, James Gilray, 1805)

Archival Research

Online Databases: Available to LUC students for free through the LUC Libraries website are several online databases, listed below, that contain nineteenth century archival materials and books. Secondary sources on nineteenth century literature and history are available on databases such as JSTOR and Project Muse. 

Literature and Drama Periodicals

The American Verse Project

The Bibliography of American Literature

Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO)

Wright American Fiction (1851-1875)

African American Periodicals (1825-1995)

The American Periodical Series (1-3) (1741-1940)

ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index 

HarpWeek (1857-1912)

Ulrich's Periodicals Directory

Newspapers History, Law, Art

Access Newspaper Archive

African American Newspapers (1827-1998)

Caribbean Newspapers (1718-1876)

Early American Newspapers (1690-1876)

Digital Scholar Lab (Gale) 

Historical Newspapers

Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842-2003

Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers

The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises (1800-1926)

Supreme Court Records and Briefs (1832-1978)

CAMIO (Catalog of Art Museum Images Online)

Web Gallery of Art




Open Access: 

Besides searching for obscure or out of print nineteenth century titles in Google Books, consult:

Project Gutenberg

Internet Archive




For periodical research, consult:

the Internet Library of Early Journals

the Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals, 1824-1900, 

the Waterloo Directory of English Newspapers and Periodicals 1800-1900,

The Nineteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue (NSTC):

Series I & II, 1801-1870

and Series III, 1871-1919

the 19th-Century British Pamphlets Project

the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals website

Other links on the Victoria Research Web's excellent and fairly exhaustive Printed Sources page. 



Research Institutions

Local Research Institutions: 

The Michalak Collection and the Cheswick Press Collection are held at the LUC Archives and Special Collections on the 2nd floor of Cudahy Library, LSC. Items in these collections are available for consultation by appointment only. Chicago's Newberry Library contains hundreds of nineteenth century primary sources for various areas such as Victorian periodicals, and Native American, Chicago, and religious history; additionally, the institution holds an annual book fair every summer that often offers nineteenth century texts for sale at average or reduced prices. 

International Research Institutions: 

  • The British Library
  • The Bodleian Library


  • British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS)
  • British Women Writers Association (BWWA)
  • The Brontë Society Conference
  • The Dickens Society Symposium
  • Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies (INCS)
  • Midwestern Victorian Studies Association (MVSA)
  • Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA)
  • North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS)
  • North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA)
  • The Northeast Victorian Studies Association (NVSA)
  • The Victorians Institute
  • The Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States (VISAWUS)
  • Victorian Popular Fiction Association (VPFA)
  • Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada (VSAWC)


"Of Victorian Interest": NAVSA's blog frequently posts CFPs, opportunities to apply for essay awards or scholarships, and job postings. 

The VICTORIA listserv: Hosted by Patrick Leary of Indiana University Bloomington, this long-standing listserv is used by students, faculty, and independent scholars of Victorian literature to consult the "hive mind" of academics in the field. Topics are as varied as the members' interests. Past topics of inquiry from 1993 onwards can be viewed by day/month/year in the listserv's archives. 

The Loyola University Chicago Victorian Society: Students of nineteenth century literature or those with any kind of interest in the period's impact on subsequent history and literature should consider joining LUCVS, a group formed by graduate students in the Department of English to support studies of the nineteenth century. Not only do LUCVS members peer-edit each other's work, assist with research, and provide companionship through classwork and the dissertation process, but they also hold an annual conference with two keynote lectures at the end of October. Working together to organize this conference allows LUCVS members to learn how to set up an event, apply for funding from various university sponsors, and hear the latest research on the period. Extensive resources for nineteenth century research are available on the LUCVS website.

Teaching and Research Tools

BRANCH: This site, which is intertwined with Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, provides users with a free, expansive, searchable, reliable, peer-reviewed, copy-edited, easy-to-use overview of the period 1775-1925. BRANCH offers a compilation of a myriad of short articles on not only high politics and military history but also “low” or quotidian histories (architecture design, commercial history, marginal figures of note, and so on). Authors come from History, Art History, and English departments across the world. 

The Charles Harpur Critical Archive (CHCA) is a digital archive and a scholarly edition of the poetic works of Charles Harpur (1813-68), the most important poet of colonial New South Wales, whose works up to this point have not been easily accessible to the general public. A Romantic celebrator of Australian landscape, a political satirist, a love poet and early environmentalist, Harpur and his works remain relevant today.

The Online Victorian Database contains over 118,000 records listing books, articles, and dissertation abstracts published from 1945 to 2016 on every field of nineteenth-century British studies. 

The Victorian Era: Multiple websites on the Victorian era are listed on this website hosted by History in Focus. 

The Victoria Research Web: Run by Patrick Leary of the VICTORIA listserv, this website contains sample syllabi, the Curran Index, research guides, the VRW journal guide, and other useful tools. 

The Victorian Web: Available for free on this website are articles and research lists on various authors, works, and subjects within the nineteenth century, written by academics across the world.