[Description from ProQuest.com: "The book, Mamma gave me, that I might write the journal of my journ[e]y to Wales in it." With these words, the 13-year old Princess Victoria of Kent began the first volume of her journal, or detailed diary, in 1832, thus starting a habit that would last for the rest of her life, until her death in 1901.]
ProQuest is proud to make all the personal journals of Queen Victoria available to search and read online. This unique resource, developed in partnership by the Bodleian Libraries, the Royal Archives, and ProQuest, is freely available for the public to access at www.queenvictoriasjournals.org until June 23, 2013.
The journals, which span Victoria’s lifetime and consist of 141 volumes and over 43,000 pages, have never been published in their entirety. Previously they were only accessible by appointment at the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle. In addition to autograph diaries begun by the youthful Princess Victoria, there are edited versions from her later years, redacted and transcribed by the Queen’s daughter, Princess Beatrice.
Pages from the journals can be searched by date or place of writing, and full transcriptions of each page – searchable by keyword – are provided. The site includes an interactive timeline as well as drawings by Queen Victoria, along with selections from her sketchbooks. The site also includes a number of essays about aspects of Queen Victoria’s life, authored by Sir Roy Strong, Laurence Goldman and Peter Ward-Jones, among others.
A specialized version for libraries is available from ProQuest. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.