UPDATED on 8 July 2014: I have added a few new resources to the “Multiple Resources” and “Newspapers and Periodicals” sections.
I will be using this page to include any references to online resources and databases that I come across in my research and which I think are useful. This will updated as and when I (or indeed you) come across anything new.
If you have any contributions you think should be included either leave a comment or contact me directly either through the comments section or by email through the contact page.
It seems unlikely anyone has searched on the internet without bumping into some Internet Archive resources. Excellent range of materials and often very high quality scans. Sometimes the metadata is not as full or accurate as it could be hoped but otherwise it is an excellent resource.
Internet Archive Book Images
Newspapers and Periodicals
California Digital Newspaper Collection
Does exactly as it states providing access to a huge volume of Californian newspapers. Uses a similar system to Trove.
British Newspaper Archive (£)
Digitizing all the British newspapers held by the British Library. Currently it is in partnership with a company called Brightsolid and as a result is a paid service. Interestingly, as Brightsolid also own Findmypast you can now get access to BNA through a FMP account. The search functionality is not as good as the standalone site, but it is useful.
Welsh Newspapers Online
Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical
A really excellent resource for helping you discover scientific sources in various periodicals and publication in the 1800s. Includes a large number of texts.
Nineteenth Century Serials Edition (NCSE)
- Monthly Repository (1806-1837) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833)
- Northern Star (1838-1852)
- Leader (1850-1860)
- English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864)
- Tomahawk (1867-1870)
- Publishers’ Circular (1880-1890)
Comics Collection, University of Florida Digital Collections
Alfred Russel Wallace Letters Online
Edited by the Wallace scholar and entomologist George Beccaloni this is of course one of the core online resources I use in my research.
The Wallace Notebooks Collection
(Linnean Society): http://linnean-online.org/wallace_notes.html
This has scanned all the manuscripts written by Wallace currently held at the Linnean Society including his Malay Archipelago and North American notebooks.
Darwin Correspondence Project
Olive Schreiner Letters Online
John Tyndall Correspondence Project
This is a project which currently does not include any letters online. However, that is the intention eventually. They are following a similar procedure as the Darwin Correspondence Project with published collections of the correspondence first followed by them being made available online afterwards. Watch this space!
Joseph Dalton Hooker Correspondence
John Muir Correspondence
John Murray Archive
Relating to the publisher John Murray and his correspondence. Currently the letters appear to be a very select few to certain correspondents. Hopefully this will grow over time.
The Correspondence of William Henry Fox Talbot
Sir Hans Sloane’s Correspondence Online
A little earlier than my usual period (i.e. 1660-1753) but still very interesting to read through.
Old Bailey Online
A now very mature and invaluable resource for anyone working in British history. Superb.