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Format: A Guide to the Early British Periodicals Collection on Microfilm, edited by Jean Hoornstra and Grace Puravs, with title, subject, editor and reel number indexes. Free with collection.
Media: 902 reels of 35mm microfilm.
Coverage Dates: 1681-1921
Sources Covered: 169 periodicals

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When coupled with the English Literary Periodicals collection, Early British Periodicals will provide the graduate and undergraduate researcher with additional pathways to exhaustive, detailed research into British life between 1681 and 1921.

The 169 periodical titles in this collection address not only literature, but topics as diverse as slavery, Christian Socialist economics, popular science, psychology, fear of France, Celtic folklore, commercialism, religion, and badminton.

Researchers will find these magazines varied in topic and style. African American studies students, for example, will be interested in the Anti-Slavery Reporter and Aborigines' Friend (1840-1900) and the Freedman (1865-68), devoted to "the interest of the freed coloured people." The economist will find the Christian Socialists' Economic Review (1891-1914) useful. For religion students, this collection includes Methodist Magazine (1778-1900), Jewish Quarterly Review (1888-1908), and others.


All Issues of Gentleman's Magazine Gentleman's Magazine (1731-1907), the most famous pre-1800 periodical in this series, initially summarized and reprinted articles from other publications. Thus, its issues provide a virtual compendium of early eighteenth-century periodical literature and news.

In addition, students will have access to 30 other pre-1800 publications, most of which are rivals or imitators of the more prominent serials in UMI 's English Literary Periodicals collection.


Special-Interest Magazines The newly literate working class as well as provincial interests became the audience for many nineteenth-century periodicals. Some were directed at the populace outside of London, such as The Celtic Magazine (1875-88), Monthly Chronicle of North-Country Lore and Legend (1887-91), and Fenland Notes and Queries (1889-1909). The working class became the target market for romances in Reynolds's Miscellany (1846-69) and for moral commentary in Knight's Penny Magazine (1832-46).


Nineteenth-Century Literary Reviews As in the English Literary Periodicals collection, the most renowned of all the nineteenth-century periodicals in this series are literary in nature. The criticism of Walter Scott, William Hazlitt, Thomas Arnold, and T. B. Macauley are found in two periodicals that dominated literary life for the entire country--the Tory Quarterly Review (1809-1906) and the Whiggish Edinburgh Review (1802-1906).

The titles were selected by Professor Daniel Fader of the University of Michigan on the basis of their importance as basic source materials and difficulty of access in American libraries. The collection of thirty-one units provides to researchers documents that might not otherwise be readily available for their scholarly studies in literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts, and the social sciences.


Individual reels may be purchased from this collection.

  • Content Type: A Guide to the Early British Periodicals Collection on Microfilm, edited by Jean Hoornstra and Grace Puravs, with title, subject, editor and reel number indexes. Free with collection.

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