Launch of major new RLUK-sponsored research service
The 19th Century Pamphlets Online service will be formally launched at the University of Liverpool on Friday 20 March 2009. This major new digital resource will provide desktop access to more than 23,000 19th century pamphlets covering the political, social and economic issues of their day – the result of sponsorship and investment from RLUK (Research Libraries UK), JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) and JSTOR.
The event will seek to place 19th century pamphlets within their historical, literary and cultural contexts, and to consider the potential of their digitisation for research and teaching.
About the project and its collections
19th Century Pamphlets Online will provide access to some of the most significant collections of pamphlets held in UK research libraries. This includes the personal collections of Joseph Hume (from UCL) and Joseph Cowen (Newcastle), the family collections of the Earls Grey (Durham) and Earls of Derby (Liverpool), the Foreign Office and Colonial Office collections (Manchester), and selections from the large collections held by LSE and the University of Bristol. In all, more than 1 million pages (about 23,000 pamphlets) will be digitised and made freely available to UK users via JSTOR.
The 19th Century Pamphlets Online project was instigated by RLUK and is led by the University of Southampton. It has received major funding from the JISC in the second phase of its large Digitisation Programme. For more information about this project and the JISC Digitisation Programme, please see