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Primary Text Sources and Manuscript Facsimiles
Alex Catalog of Electronic Texts
A collection of public domain documents from American and English literature and Western philosophy.

The Complete Morris's British Birds 1891
Offers the illustrations from the 1891 guide, but as yet no text.

Documents Illustrating Jacobite History

Eighteenth-Century Studies
Though not limited to the UK, this extensive collection of links to historic documents of the 18th century includes many useful British historical and literary texts.

Electronic Text Center Collections
"Approximately 70,000 on- and off-line humanities texts in fifteen languages [English, French, German, Latin, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Apache, Greek, Hebrew, Spanish, Tibetan, Icelandic, Italian and Portuguese], with more than 350,000 related images (book illustrations, covers, manuscripts, newspaper pages, museum objects, etc.)"

Electronic Text Collections
Links to e-texts of historical documents and literature from around the world.

Electronic Text & Multimedia Collections
Academic electronic text collections, including historic and primary source documents, literature, etc.

A source of primary documents from throughout Europe, from various periods.

Hanover Historical Texts Project
A growing collection of online historical texts from all periods of history and all parts of the world. Includes such items as letters from crusaders, Lives of Saints, "The King's Majesty's Declaration to His Subjects Concerning Lawful Sports to Be Used", Olaudah Equiano's Narrative of the Slave Life, and much more.

Historical Text Archive
A variety of historical articles and free e-books.

History of the United Kingdom: Primary Documents
From antiquity (including runic inscriptions) to the present.

Links to a variety of free electronic text archives, including literature, conference proceedings, modern works, political works, religious works, etc.

Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts

National Archive Documents Online
A wide range of historical documents, including military records, wills, prison records, and more. However, most require a fee for download.

National Library of the Netherlands
Incredible online collection of medieval illuminated manuscripts, early printed books, letters and diaries, rare and valuable books, and a host of unusual topics (from Atlantis to comic books).

National Library of Wales: Digital Mirror - Treasures
A collection of Welsh manuscripts, letters, etc., including medieval charters, the Book of Taliesin, files of 17th-century witchcraft trials, and more.

Oxford Text Archive
E-texts in literature, language and linguistics.

Primary Sources: Eyewitness Accounts of People and Events in Tudor England
Letters, accounts, journals, poetry, and other primary documents relating to the Tudor period, beginning with the death of Prince Arthur in 1502 and ending with the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1587.

Project Gutenberg
Thousands of downloadable texts of copyright-free literature, including classic novels, children's books, nonfiction texts, etc.

A topical archive offering thousands of articles from British and American Victorian periodicals, ranging from the 1860's through 1902.

Literature Links and Collections
British and Irish Authors on the Web
Chronological listing of UK texts and author sites online, from 600 AD to present.

Cambridge History of English and American Literature
An 18-volume encyclopedia of literature, beginning with "runes and manuscripts" and proceeding to non-English and aboriginal writings. Huge.

Celebration of Women's Writers, A
Search by author, country or time-period.

English Literature and Religion Links
Huge collection of links to primary resources and collections relating primarily to church documents and literature throughout British history.

English Literature on the Web
This section actually links to sites covering "literature in English," including Canadian literature, electronic poetry, bookstores, women's literature and more.

"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." Includes an extensive collection of e-texts from the period -- lots of great ghost and mystery stories!

Literature of the Victorian Period

Literary Collections
This site offers links to everything from "The Middle English Collection" to "Dime Novels and Penny Dreadfuls."

Luminarium: 16th Century Renaissance English Literature (1485-1603)
Biographies of English writers, links to their work, articles and essays, and more.

Luminarium: English Literature: Early 17th Century (1603-1660)
From Lancelot Andrewes to Lady Mary Wroth, this collection includes links to original texts, biographies, articles, essays and more.

Norton Anthology of English Literature
Literature, texts and articles from the Middle Ages through the 20th century.

The Online Medieval and Classical Library
"The Online Medieval and Classical Library (OMACL) is a collection of some of the most important literary works of Classical and Medieval civilization."

Poetry Landmarks of Britain
Locate poetry events and poetry-related sites throughout the UK.

The Regency Collection
Covers Regency literature and authors (including author bios), plus information on coaching, the military, Regency life, industry, recipes, laws, clubs, marriage, servants, Christmas... the list goes on and on! And if this isn't enough, check the exhaustive section of links for more.

Resources on the Web
Links to sites dealing with English and American literature, as well as classical and Biblical lit, literature theory, and literature of other nationalities.

Romantic Circles
"The Romantic Circles Electronic Editions offers a searchable archive of texts of the Romantic era, enhanced by technology made possible in an online environment."

Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech
The Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech includes about 400 texts in Scots and Scottish English. It can be searched by title, author, date, or by particular words.

The Victorian Literary Studies Archive
A huge collection of links, with an emphasis on literature but also plenty of information on lifestyle, history, and other topics.

Victorian Web Sites
More than 300 links to Victorian topics, with a focus on arts and literature.

Victorian Women Writers Project
"The goal of the Victorian Women Writers Project is to produce highly accurate transcriptions of works by British women writers of the 19th century. The works will include anthologies, novels, political pamphlets, religious tracts, children's books, and volumes of poetry and verse drama."

Voice of the Shuttle: English Literature by Period: Victorian
Includes links to general resources, Victorian magazines, e-texts, and a host of Victorian novels and other writings.

Voice of the Shuttle: Renaissance & 17th Century
Extensive guide to authors, literature, and literary criticism of the period.

Poetry (General)
Beowulf on Steorarume (Beowulf in Cyberspace)
Looks like the definitive Beowulf site, with side-by-side texts showing translations and the original Old English; essays, maps, annotations, links, illustrations and more.

A comparative library presenting excerpts from over 100 English language translations of the epic poem Beowulf.

British Poetry 1780-1910: a Hypertext Archive of Scholarly Editions
Includes hypertexts of The Germ, an 1850 poetry journal.

British Women Romantic Poets, 1789-1832
An electronic collection.

Countries and Cultures
(On Yahoo)
Links to poetry resources and sites around the world.

Irish Poetic Forms
Links to sites and resources on medieval Irish poetry.

Sonnet Central
"An archive of English sonnets, commentary, pictures, and relevant web links. Sonnets are grouped by period below and can also be accessed quickly via an alphabetical list of authors." Sonnets are presented in modern English.

Timeline of English Poetry 658-2003

Austen: Jane Austen Information Page
Everything you could possibly want to know about Jane Austen, including links to hypertexts of her work, biographies, pictures, background and discussions of Austen's writings (such as genealogies of characters), and links to other Austen sites.

William Blake Archive
"The William Blake Archive is an online hypermedia environment that allows its users to access high-quality electronic reproductions of a growing portion of Blake's work. These reproductions have been prepared according to the highest technical and scholarly standards, with the cooperation of a number of the major museum, library, and private collections."

Lord George Gordon Byron - Biography & Works

The Works of Lord Byron, Letters and Journals, Volume 1 by Byron

The Works of Lord Byron, Letters and Journals, Volume 2 by Byron

Chaucer: Canterbury Tales on Project Gutenberg

Chaucer: Caxton's Chaucer
Images of William Caxton's two editions of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, probably printed in 1476 and 1483. The originals are both in the British Library.

Chaucer: Caxton's Chaucer
A site that gives you the pages from Caxton's publication of Canterbury Tales with the transliterated text (i.e., a bit more readable).

Chaucer: Canterbury Tales
A modern English translation.

The Writings of Charles Darwin

Dickens: The Dickens Page
Links to academic resources, biographies, e-texts, works, maps, speeches, studies, and more.

Dickens: Charles Dickens Gad's Hill Place
Very definitely the "everything Dickens" site, including information about the life of Dickens, "the web's largest collection of Dickens quotes," quizzes, book information, and lots more.

The Huxley File
"Huxley's career testifies to the richness of scientific investigation, the establishment of young rebels as a powerful party, and the pervasive intrusions of secularism during the Victorian period. He advises us on science as a proper discipline for the school curriculum, on vivisection, on compassion, competition, and capitalism, the U. S. Civil War, nature, chalk, protoplasm, dinosaurs, the pantheon and the pyramids." Includes documents, letters, lectures, illustrations, etc.

Illingworth Cartoon Collection
Over 4,500 cartoons and images exploring "a wide variety of topics thorugh the eyes of one of Britain's best known cartoonists of the 20th century."

Kipling: Complete Works of Rudyard Kipling

Gabriel Rosetti Archive
"The Complete Writings and Pictures of Dante Gabriel Rossetti."


Tennyson: Alfred Tennyson, 1809-1892
Biography and texts of several poems.

Historic Magazines & Newspaper Archives
Forget Me Not (1823-1830)
A Hypertextual Archive of Ackermann's 19th-Century Literary Annual.

The Girl's Own Paper
This site offers a growing archive of articles from the Victorian women's magazine The Girl's Own paper (begun in 1881). Archived articles cover a wide range of topics, including fashion, cooking, housekeeping, servants, etiquette, royalty, travel, nature, social issues and more. Eventually the editor hopes to archive articles from the entire "Victorian" period of the magazine (1881-1902). The complete annuals from this period are available through the site as e-books.

Internet Library of Early Journals
A digital library of 18th and 19th Century journals; includes Gentleman's Magazine, The Annual Register, and Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (18th century); and Notes and Queries, The Builder, and Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (19th century).

The Penny Magazine (1832- )
"The Penny Magazine, published every Saturday, was aimed at the working class... It was a source of information on subjects of general interest: everyday things like tea and coffee, well-known places in England, a series on animals and birds of Britain..." At present, articles from twelve issues are available online. (Additional issues online at http://english.cla.umn.edu/lkd/pm/PennyMag.html)

The Scotsman Digital Archive (1817-1900)
"Search every edition of The Scotsman between 1817 and 1900 in our unique online archive. Read contemporary accounts of events such as: the Highland Clearances; the Burke and Hare trial; the inauguration of the Wallace Monument." The archive will soon be updated to 1950 and is free to search; accessing the material, however, costs from 5.95 for a 24-hour pass to 109.95 for a one-year pass. You can also read the very first issue free (click on a section of the page to get a magnified view of the text).

The Strand
This site offers a growing archive of articles from The Strand (which launched in 1891). Archived articles cover a wide range of topics, including history, personalities, royalty, travel, nature, social issues and more. Several complete annuals from the Victorian period are available through the site as e-books.


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