- Following these links will either bring you to a description of the resource or automatically open a new window in your web browser. You can move this new window aside and uncover the Victorian Web, which remains present. Return here by closing the newly opened window.
- Additional links to materials outside VW appear in sections of the site devoted to individual authors and other specific topics.
- Many thanks to Deborah J. Schmidle of Cornell for sending in new URLs for a dozen sites and to Helen Davis on Victoria. Thanks also to Karen Mardahl for updating a link.
Victorian Literature — General
- Victoria (Discussion list moderated by Patrick Leary at Indiana U.)
- Scheduled Conferences of Interest to Victorianists
- Princeton Prosody Archive (searchable, has fields for year of publication, author, and full metadata; not a comprehensive archive)
- Discovering Literature: Romantics and Victorians (British Library site)
- The Arthurian Background: Alan Lupack's Camelot Project (University of Rochester)
- Victorian Poetry, the leading journal in its field (West Virginia University)
- The Victorian Women Writers Project (Indiana University)
- NeuRoN: An Index of Digital Resources for Researching British Romanticism
- The Mosher Press (a source of information about Pre-Raphaelite literature) -- hosted at Millersville University
- The Victorian (Canadian online scholarly journal)
- Want to Experience What Reading Novels Serially is Like? -- Christopher Hapka's site will e-mail works to you section by section
- Mitsuharu Matsuoka's Hyper-Concordance allows word searches in selected works of two dozen Victorian authors
- Texts of Victorian Poems (Poet Seers site)
- Peter Joyce's Assembled Stories, a commercial site with audio books, many of which are not just the old chestnuts.
- Radio dramatization of Victorian works available on CBS Radio Mystery Theater site
- The Used Book Search.net, a commercial site, is a handy place to find that book you can’t obtain otherwise.
Victorian Literature — Individual Authors
- The Carlyle Letters (Duke University)
- The Dickens Project (University of California at Santa Cruz)
- Dr. Elisa Beshero-Bondar’s Digital Mitford: The Mary Russell Mitford Archive, Mitford’s complete works — poems, plays, prose sketches and collections, & correspondence). (University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg)
- William Morris Society (City University of New York)
- The Dante Gabriel Rossetti Archive (University of Virginia)
- The Swinburne Project (Indiana U.)
- H. G. Wells (U of Arizona)
The Victorian Theater, Music, and Popular Entertainment
- Gilbert and Sullivan Archive
- Michael Booth Theatre Collection (University of Newcastle NSW, Australia)
- Derek Greenacre's Magic Lantern site
- The Victorian pastime of crest collecting
The Visual Arts
- The National Art Library (UK), contains materials relating to literature (e.g., Dickens manuscripts) as well as art.
- The Pre-Raphhaelite Critic -- Contemporary Criticism of the Pre-Raphaelites (Duquesne University)
- “all auction houses at one place” ‚— Tobias Anderson
Victorian History and Culture
- The Victorian section of the British Library online
- The History Timline of the British Library online — “visual and interactive tool for understanding history, chronology and the Victorian era, within a far wider context”
- Curran Index Indexes over 20,000 articles and poems, over 70% of which are attributed to one or more of over 2,300 contributors. (Ed. Gary Simons)
- Harold B. Lee Library Victorian Collection. British sociopolitical periodicals, 1834-1900 on topics such as religious revivals, Temperance movements, politics, agriculture, population studies, illustration, family values, and biography. (Brigham Young University available via Internet Archive)
- The 1901 census for England and Wales
- Historic Hansard site
- The Word on the Street —
- English Heritage Images
- Non-commercial: Viewfinder website includes thousands of Victorian era images, amongst many others relevant to Victorian England (not all keyworded Victorian):
- Non-commercial: Heritage Explorer (website aimed at UK schools)
- Commercial: www.englishheritageprints.com (print sales website)
- Commercial: www.englishheritageimages.com (image licensing website)
- The Disraeli Project (Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada)
- Victorian and Edwardian Maps and Guide Books
- The Prince Albert Society (The old link to this site based at the University of Bayreuth no longer works)
- Faversham, Kent, Market Town of Kings
The site is used by genealogists and indeed anyone who wants to research ancestors or find out who lived at a particular address - individual or famous. It also includes details of those aboard vessels or in institutions at the time of the census. The site is ideal for researching your family tree or house history and for gaining an insight into life a century ago - work life, social status, occupations etc. Plenty of famous individuals feature - from Charlie Chaplin to The Queen Mother to Claude Monet and Dr Crippen!
The National Library of Scotland, which assembled these materials and hosts the site, explains that this collection of broadsides show us “How Ordinary Scots in Bygone Days Found out what was Happening.”
Miscellaneous general Resources
- Hathi Trust Digital Library
- Internet Archive
- The Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog
- The Waterloo Directory of English Newspapers and Periodicals, 1800-1900
- Penguin Classics Website -- an elegantly conceived web-resource containing short articles, biographies, synopses, and feature essays on many Victorian authors
- Patrick Leary's Victoria Research Web (Indiana University)
- The Victorian Society in America
- Victorians Institute Journal
- Victorian Studies, the leading interdisciplinary scholarly journal in the field (Indiana University)
- Archives of the Victoria discussion list , which can be searched and browsed (Indiana University)
- The Ladies' Victorian Study Society
- Neo-Victorian Studies
An essential source of material, which has severeal great advantages: (1) it offers a convenient list of all copies of a periodicals when you examine a single volume; (2) it has generally high quality OCR conversions of images of text into text you can copy. Its own search tool is very poor, and I frequently encounter no results when looking for a document I have open before me and which Google found near-instantly.
Originally its OCR text was quite poor but it has improved.
A treasure trove of copyright-free images on all subjects. For example, the Visual Arts, Landscapes and Cityscapes of Great Britain section contains 1,119 photomechanical prints in color.
Neo-Victorian Studies is a peer-reviewed, inter-disciplinary eJournal dedicated to the exploration of the contemporary fascination with re-imagining the nineteenth century and its varied literary, artistic, socio-political and historical contexts in both British and international frameworks. Perhaps most evident in the proliferation of so-called neo-Victorian novels, the trend is also discernible in a recent abundance of nineteenth century biographies, the continuing allure of art movements such as the pre-Raphaelites, popular cinema productions and TV adaptations, and historical re-evaluations in such fields as medicine, psychology, sexology, and studies in cultural memory. Neo-Victorian Studies provides a strategic forum to analyse the complicated investments of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in historical remembrance, revision, and reconstruction, to engage creatively with the period, and to stimulate international debate and exchange of ideas in this flourishing field of critical and artistic endeavour.
Last modified 9 July 2020