Nineteenth Century Studies Resources
(Image: The Plumb-pudding in danger, or, State Epicures taking un Petit Souper, James Gilray, 1805)
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.
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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
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Access Newspaper Archive
African American Newspapers (1827-1998)
Caribbean Newspapers (1718-1876)
Early American Newspapers (1690-1876)
Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842-2003
Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers
Nineteenth Century UK Periodicals
The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises (1800-1926)
Supreme Court Records and Briefs (1832-1978)
CAMIO (Catalog of Art Museum Images Online)
Besides searching for obscure or out of print nineteenth century titles in Google Books, consult:
For periodical research, consult:
the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals website
Other links on the Victoria Research Web's excellent and fairly exhaustive Printed Sources page.
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
Notable Conferences: 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 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.