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British Library Newspapers

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A comprehensive range of regional and local newspapers in Britain between the mid eighteenth and mid twentieth centuries made available in a digital collection, the collections within the British Library Newspapers series provide a range of publications to reflect the social, political and cultural events of the times.
  • 19th Century British Library Newspapers I & II (1800-1900).
  • Part I-II offers full runs of national, regional and local nineteenth century British newspapers, taken directly from the extensive holdings of the British Library. Part I: 1800-1900 includes 47 titles, totalling approximately 2.2 million pages, selected to reflect the social and political developments of the times in which they were published.
  • British Newspapers III-V (1732-1950).
  • Part III adds even more regional and local depth to the series, encompassing powerful provincial news journals like the Leeds Intelligencer and Hull Daily Mail, local interest publications such as the Northampton Mercury, and specialist titles such as the Poor Law Unions’ Gazette. Other noteworthy titles in Part III include the Westmoreland Gazette, whose early editor, Thomas De Quincy (of Confessions of an English Opium Eater) was forced to resign due to his unreliability. art IV offers key local and regional perspectives from towns as geographically diverse as Aberdeen, Bath, Chester, Derby, Stamford, Liverpool, and York. In addition, Part IV includes the 1901-1950 runs of papers such as the Aberdeen Journal and Dundee Courier whose earlier newspapers are available in Part I and Part II. . Part V includes newspapers from the Scottish localities of Fife, Elgin, Inverness, Paisley, and John O’Groats, as well as towns just below the border, such as Morpeth, Alnwick, and more. Researchers will also benefit from access to important titles such as the Coventry Herald, which features some of the earliest published writing of Mary Ann Evans (better known as George Eliot).


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19th Century British Library Newspapers 
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