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Victorian Web
Victorian Research

Wikimedia Commons
Library of Congress
Library of Congress Online Catalog
Google's Life Magazine photo archive
Creative Commons search tool
PSU listing of copyright safe materials
Google image search filter, user friendly layout
W3Schools--This one also provides great tutorials on a variety of topics.

Victorian and Victorianism -part of The Victorian Web (George P. Landow)

Victoria Research Web - "Students of nineteenth-century Britain are fortunate in having a number of scholarly journals to choose among as readers and writers. The following list connects you to an information page for each journal that explains how to subscribe as well as how to submit manuscripts. Some of these have Web pages of their own, while others include electronically searchable indices of past issues. While only specifically 19th-century oriented journals are included here, broader publications like the Journal of British Studies, the Review of English Studies, and of course many others, also publish articles on Victorian topics."
Literary Resources: Victorian British (Professor Jack Lynch)
Nineteenth-Century Poetry and Prose: Internet Resources (Professor Stephen C. Behrendt)
Northeast Victorian Studies Association (NVSA) - An excellent pathfinder for interdisciplinary Victorian resources on the Web.
19th-C British Novel - Professor Katherine Harris of San Jose State University has pulled together an excellent collection of online resources. Also see her resource pages on Romantic literature, literary theory, and more.

Victoria Research Web: Scholarly Resources for Victorian Research

Doing Research in Victorian Fiction: Historical, Critical and Reference Sources
Professor Sally Mitchell

How to Read a Victorian Novel (George Landow's excellent advice on the Victoria Web)

Dictionary of Literary Biography Restricted Resource - UI Access Only
A collection of biographical, bibliographic and critical essays on authors. The scope includes North American, British, Commonwealth, modern European, Latin American, African and Caribbean literature. Authors include novelists, dramatists, poets, essayists, critics, historians, journalists and biographers.

(start here to find scholarly articles and books on your topic, text, author)
Victorian Studies Bibliography
Modern Language Bibliography (MLAB) Restricted Resource - UI Access Only
The MLA International Bibliography is a subject index for books, articles and websites published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. It is produced by the Modern Language Association (MLA), an organization dedicated to the study and teaching of language and literature. The electronic version of the Bibliography dates back to 1925 and contains over 2 million citations from more than 4,400 periodicals (including peer-reviewed e-journals) and 1,000 book publishers.
English Literature 1800-1899: A Web guide from - seeks to collect critical or explanatory web writings about American and English literature that will be of value for graduate students, scholars, teachers, college students, high school students, and other intrepid readers of literature. The writings are briefly summarized, and the article's intended audience is indicated with words such as "introductory article" or "scholarly paper" to help readers locate writings that will meet their needs.
Victorian Studies on the Web - "An indispensable source of information on every important publication from 1945 to 1999 on every field of Victorian Studies."
NINES (Nineteenth-Century Studies Online)
NINES: a networked infrastructure for nineteenth-century electronic scholarship
A scholarly organization in British and American nineteenth-century studies supported by a software development group assembling a suite of critical and editorial tools for digital scholarship. The list of current projects can be found at,, and includes The Rossetti Archive, Victorian Studies Bibliography from Univ. of Indiana, and Collective Biographies of Women (1830-1940).

The British Empire (a site created by Stephen Luscombe)

The Imperial Archive
Timeline of British India

BBC British History: Victorians: British India and the 'Great Rebellion' - Timelines, interactive maps, succinct essays on major events and personalities, and great picture galleries---the BBC has it all.

British Empire: Art and Culture

The British Empire: An Internet Gateway (Prof. Jane Sampson)
This site offers a wealth of resources, linking you through to innumerable resources.

British Museum's Compass project (

Royal Geographical Society's Picture Library

School of Oriental and Asian Studies (SOAS) Library Image Gallery (

Museum of International Slavery in Liverpool

Manchester Art Museum: Remembering Slavery

BBC News: In Pictures-Black Victorians

Slavery and Abolition (Excellent gateway to resources on slavery created by Brycchan Carey)

A Nineteenth-Century British Timeline - The Victorian Web, Literature in Great Britian, and their 18th- and 19th-Century Precursors: A Chronology.
The Victorian Dictionary: Exploring Victorian London

BBC History Trails: Victorian London - Learn how to use records from the Public Record Office, tour a Victorian home, make a business deal in a Victorian office, and far more on this BBC educational site.

Religion in Victorian Britain - part of the Victorian Web.

The Victoria Web: The Arts in Victorian Britain An excellent introduction with links to collections and artist sites.

Resources for the study of Victorian Art in Britain
The National Art Library - A major reference library, and the Victoria and Albert Museum's curatorial department for the art, craft and design of the book.
City of London Libraries and Guildhall Art Galleries
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog
About one million digital images from the Library's collections. On occasion, a full-sized image is not available. I can show you how to sneak into the Library's photo directory.

Database of Mid-Victorian wood-engraved Illustration
Close to 900 illustrations published around 1862, digitized by Cardiff University.

ARTstore UI Library access only
Searchable database of digital images and associated catalog data, with new image collections added several times a year. ARTstor covers many time periods and cultures, and documents the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, design, anthropology, ethnographic and women's studies, as well as many other forms of visual culture. Users can search, view, download and organize images.

The Pre-Raphaelites - A page dedicated to the Pre-Raphaelites artists.
List of Artists - "They are mainly Victorian and Edwardian (19th-early 20th Century), but with some 18th and later 20th Century, and include painters, illustrators, sculptors, architects and a few other crafts workers. The list is alphabetical, and the use of initials or first names is according to how the artists are most commonly known."
The Nineteenth-Century London Stage: An Exploration
The Royal City of London Theatre - from the University of Washington.
The Victoria Web: Music, Theater, and Popular Entertainment in Victorian Britain

Wilton's Music Hall Wilton's Music Hall was the first and one of the most successful of London's music halls. Situated in Grace's Alley, just off Cable Street in London's East End, it was opened by John and Ellen Wilton in 1858.

Who's Who of Victorian Cinema

British Library Images On-line

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

New York Public Library Pictures Online

Resources for Research: Periodicals

Victorian Periodicals, Aids to Research - A Selected Bibliography by Rosemary T. VanArsdel.
British Periodicals UI Library Access Only
Excellent full-text and searchable site.
C19 UI Library Access
Large, umbrella index that includes most, though not all, of the content of the databases and indexes listed below, which can be accessed separately.
--American Periodical Series; Archive Finder; British Periodicals; House of Commons Parliamentary Papers; Nineteenth Century (microfiche project); Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue;
Palmer's Index to The Times; Periodical Content Index; Poole's Index; US Congressional Serial Set; Wellesley Index
British Periodicals Collection 1 Contains full-text articles for over 500 journals from the late 17th to the early 20th centuries. Includes Once a Week (1859-1880), which featured illustrations by prominent artists: Holman Hunt, Millais, Sandbys.
Nineteenth-century Serials Edition - Six Victorian magazines are available and searchable in full-text:

  • Monthly Repository (1806-1837) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833)
  • Northern Star (1838-1852)
  • Leader (1850-1860)
  • English Woman's Journal (1858-1864)
  • Tomahawk (1867-1870)
  • Publishers' Circular (1880-1890)

The Penny Magazine (1832-35)

Victorian Periodicals and Empire (Yale University)

Science in the 19th-century Periodical
Searchable database with full text

Victorian Women Writers Project

Gaslight - "Gaslight is an Internet discussion list which reviews one story a week from the genres of mystery, adventure and The Weird, written between 1800 and 1919. The current readings and selected ones from the past are available here."
Nineteenth-Century British and Irish Authors - Extensive resources (Matsuoka)
Victorian Women Writers Project - Highly accurate transcriptions of works by British women writers of the 19th century. Works include anthologies, novels, political pamphlets, religious tracts, children's books, and volumes of poetry and verse drama.
British Poetry: 1780-1910 University of Virginia

Children's Literature, Chiefly from the Nineteenth Century - An exhibit from the Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina.
Costume Gallery Online: Victorian and Edwardian Children (photographs)

British National Archives (including the Public Records Office)

Internet Modern History Sourcebook The Internet modern history sourcebook has been developed by Paul Halsall at Fordham University. This site forms part of a series of Internet sourcebooks covering different historical periods and themes. You'll find a mixture of documents here and links to other sites. Brief annotations are available for some of the documents and introductions have been added to many of the sources hosted by the site. See especially the sourcebooks on
Internet Modern History Sourcebook: Nineteenth-Century Britain
Internet Modern History Sourcebook: Imperialism

Eyewitness to History

Dime Novels and Penny Dreadfuls Hundreds of images from the covers and some searchable novels.

Contemporary Postcolonial and Postimperial Literature in English
This site focuses on contemporary literature but includes discussions of postcolonial theory, theorists, and terms of great use to nineteenth-century scholars.

Emory University Postcolonial Studies
This site also includes very useful discussions and definitions of key postcolonial theoretical concepts.

The Imperial Archive: Key Concepts in Postcolonial Studies

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