Pamphlet collections from leading UK libraries to be released in JSTOR
We are pleased to announce the upcoming release of more than 20,000 19th Century British pamphlets into the JSTOR archive. This collection of materials was created by RLUK (Research Libraries UK) with funding from the JISC Digitisation Programme to provide researchers with online access to some of the most significant collections of pamphlets held in UK institutions. The pamphlets are from collections held by: University of Newcastle, Durham University, University of Manchester, University College London, University of Liverpool, London School of Economics and Political Science, and University of Bristol.
Free Access until June 30, 2009
The first set of approximately 8,000 pamphlets will be available at the end of January 2009, followed by regular releases of additional material. They will be freely accessible to all JSTOR participating institutions through June 30, 2009 as we work to evaluate delivery, presentation, and use of the content, and develop an understanding of how best to address the needs of researchers and students working with it.
Preview the Interface Changes
The addition of the pamphlets will introduce a new content format into JSTOR. Consequently, we are adjusting the language on the website to more accurately reflect the expanding types of content held in JSTOR. These changes will take place at the end of January in conjunction with the availability of the pamphlet content. Please see the JSTOR Sandbox for a short video and presentations that explain the changes.
Pamphlets were an important means of public debate in the 19th century, covering the key political, social, technological, and environmental issues of their day. They are a valuable primary resource relevant to a wide range of disciplines. They have been underutilized within research and teaching because they are generally quite difficult to access – often bound together in large numbers or otherwise hard to find in the few research libraries that hold them. The digitization of more than 20,000 pamphlets will provide researchers, students, and teachers with an immensely rich and coherent corpus of primary sources with which to study the socio-political and economic landscape of 19th century Britain.
- Pamphlets by and about: Charles Babbage, W.E. Gladstone, Florence Nightingale, Charles Bradlaugh, Joseph Hume, Thomas Paine, John Bright, John Stuart Mill, Robert Peel
- Valuable content inside and appended to pamphlets: Advertisements, diagrams and maps, petitions, annotations, engravings, portraits, cartoons, letters
- 7 Collections represented, including Selections from the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Earl Grey Pamphlets Collection, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Collection
Download an informational PDF handout about the 19th Century British Pamphlets.
ADDING PRIMARY SOURCES TO JSTOR
JSTOR is adding primary sources to the archive, widening the scope of content available to support research and teaching and providing additional building blocks for new scholarship. We aim to help the community save on system-wide costs by providing a common platform to disseminate and preserve a wide array of digitized materials and to enhance the value of digital collections by placing them in a broader intellectual context for discovery and use.