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Nineteenth-Century Literary Studies: Online Guides to Archival Resources

This guide focuses on resources for the study of nineteenth century literature, with special emphasis on primary resources. Its origin can be traced to a 2003 research orientation offered to a graduate seminar on 19th-Century British Literature.

Guides to Archival Resources

Archive Finder

Archive Finder brings together ArchivesUSA and the cumulative index to the National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the UK and Ireland (NIDS UK/Ireland).

ArchivesUSA is a current directory of over 5,600 repositories and more than 175,000 collections of primary source material across the United States. NIDS UK/Ireland is a major reference work that reproduces the finding aids to thousands of archive and manuscript collections in libraries and record offices, museums and private collections throughout the UK and Ireland. Used together in Archive Finder, researchers are able to read descriptions of a repository's holdings to determine whether a collection contains material useful to their work as well as find the information they need to contact the repository directly.

Online catalogues for the MSS (good but not comprehensive) 1) British Library 2) The Bodleian Library Oxford University

Archives Hub National gateway to descriptions of archives in UK universities and colleges.

Accessible Archives (USC Electronic Resources). This database provides full text access to a diverse range of primary source materials from 18th & 19th century America. Includes:letters, advertisements, editorials, sketches, county records, complete runs of important periodicals and much more. Titles of interest include: The Pennsylvania Gazette, the Virginia Gazette, The South Carolina Gazette, Godey's Lady Book, and The North Star.

National Archives UK

Subject Guide

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