More 18C periodicals

Adam Matthew Digital has scanned in a series of 18C periodicals (mostly 1720 and later) that include both images and double-keyed transcriptions (i.e. searchable with excellent accuracy). The Eighteenth Century Journals Portal draws from the holdings of the Bodleian, Cambridge University, the British Library and the Harry Ransom Center at UT-Austin – it claims that it avoids duplication of what’s in the Burney Online collection. After a perusal of the titles, I can report that it has fewer straight-news papers than Burney (at least for the first decade of the century), but more thematic periodicals, including a variety of women’s journals. If you’re looking for mid- to late-18C periodical publications, you might want to check it out. If you work at a university (even as faculty), it’s relatively easy to get a free trial. No downloading images with the trial though, but you can access the transcriptions, and might even be able to figure out a way to copy a few snippets of text, hint, hint…

Present State of Europe

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2 responses to “More 18C periodicals”

  1. Erik Lund says :

    I like the Mercury, at least if it’s the same as the French language edition that the old archivist at the Kriegsarchiv Staatsarchiv threw into the appropriate folder every now and then. Probably not, but a nice, helpful touch for future historians.

    • jostwald says :

      Contemporary newspapers are indeed a treasure trove, once you decide how to interpret them.
      C.T. Atkinson wrote several articles way back when using English newspapers to glean more info on British efforts in Spain (the forgotten theater) during the Spanish Succession – they mostly focused on identifying the duties of particular regiments. By the time my diss was finished, I’d only looked at a few, particularly the Mercure galant and the Daily Courant, and I think I probably photocopied all of the Europische Mercurius 1702-1712 when I was researching at Michigan.
      But I’ve made up for that since: resources like Adam Matthew, Google Books, Hathi Trust and the Burney collection online now make it so much easier for us to find them – assuming you can afford any subscription fee, or have access to a free trial and can set everything aside in order to download. In a downloading frenzy a few years ago I downloaded English 8,000 issues just for the period 1701-1712. Of course it’s even more annoying that I’m still missing various issues, but I guess that’s the collecting compulsion in me.

      Jack Censer has a short clip that I show in my methods course on interpreting papers, for anyone interested. There are a couple more along the same lines at GMU’s Center for History and New Media World History Sources.

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