Offered under ProQuest's Chadwyck-HealeyTM brand, this new collection contains documents illuminating many aspects of eighteenth-century history, from the widespread use of automated workflow during the Industrial Revolution to the shaping of a new democratic system during the American Revolution. Coverage also includes Nicholas Hawksmoor's churches, John Harrison's longitude clocks, India's early days in the British empire, and the scandalous tenure of Britain's first prime minister, Sir Robert Walpole (1721-1742).
As well as sessional papers from both the House of Commons and House of Lords, the Eighteenth Century collection also includes supplementary material: the Journals of the House of Commons and House of Lords, Private and Local Bills and Acts, debates (from the Parliamentary Register), and Histories and Proceedings of the House of Commons and House of Lords. Users can select whether to include any or all of these types of material in a search, or can search and browse specific individual collections.
Through an innovative public/private cooperative publishing model, ProQuest partnered with JISC, The British Official Publications Collaborative Reader Information Service (BOPCRIS) at the University of Southampton, the British Library, and the University of Cambridge to distribute the Eighteenth-Century Parliamentary Papers, which includes content from 1688-1834. Through an initial grant from the JISC, the Eighteenth Century Parliamentary Papers has been digitized by BOPCRIS. ProQuest, through this partnership, provides an interface for this content and make this important dataset completely cross-searchable with their Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Parliamentary Papers -- the most detailed primary source for the past two centuries for Britain, its colonies, and the wider world.