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Nineteenth Century Collections Online

August 26, 2013

Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) is a database of primary source collections for the 19th Century, primarily British and American, but including material from other nations and in other languages.  Unlike comparable collections for earlier periods (Early English Books Online and Eighteenth Century Collections Online), NCCO is selective, including not all publications from the period but thematic groupings of materials from many publications. These groupings are called Archives (most of which have multiple sub-collections).  

The Rutgers University Libraries have acquired the eight archives published as of summer 2013.  They are:

  • Asia and the West: Diplomacy & Cultural Exchange (including US State Department Consular & Diplomatic Records, British Foreign Office Political Correspondence regarding Japan, missionary journals and correspondence).
  • British Politics & Society (including coverage of major political figures, working class radicalism, the Oxford Movement, etc.)
  • British Theatre, Music & Literature: High and Popular Culture (including British Playbills, 1754-1882; Drury Lane Theatre Archive)
  • Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, & Conquest (including Colonial, Foreign, and War Offices Papers on Africa; personal narratives of African exploration)
  • European Literature, 1790-184: The Corvey Collection (includes 18,000 volumes with a particular focus on the British Romantic Era, plus thousands of works in French and German)
  • Photography: The World through the Lens (including The Photographic News from 1858 to 1908 and selections from the Photographic Collection of the British Colonial Office)
  • Science, Technology, and Medicine, 1780-1925 (including a collection of American Medical Periodicals from 1797-1900 and a collection of 600 monographs on “Evolution and the Origin of Species”)
  • Women: Transnational Networks (includes manuscripts from the Mary Braddon Archive, manuscript Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and a collection of Quaker Women’s Diaries from the 18th and 19th Centuries).

For more information on Nineteenth Century Collections Online, please contact Interim Associate University Librarian for Collection Development and Management Thomas Izbicki.

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