19th Century British Pamphlets is a collection of over 26,000 digitised, paper copy pamphlets that focus on the political, economic, and social issues that fuelled Parliamentary debates and controversies in the 19th century.
As part of the Jisc Digitisation Programme, this resource is available free via JSTOR for UK further and higher education institutions, Research Councils, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Library, and all publicly funded schools, libraries and archives and records offices in the UK until 31 July 2024. An access fee may apply after this date.
Seven complete and partial collections held in UK universities are included:
Cowen Tracts - Newcastle University: The personal collection of Joseph Cowen (1829-1900), a social reformer and Member of Parliament for Newcastle. This collection reflects his interests in social, educational, and economic issues.
Earl Grey Pamphlets Collection – Durham University: This collection is still owned by the family and was largely accumulated by the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Earls Grey. The Greys were particularly interested in parliamentary reform, colonial affairs, and Catholic emancipation.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Collection – University of Manchester: Many of these rare publications were sent back to London by British ambassadors to help with policy formation. They include pamphlets relating to South America, Australasia and the Near East. Many cover various European 19th century political questions.
Hume Tracts – UCL: The personal collection of Joseph Hume (1777-1855), a Radical Member of Parliament. Hume’s collection covers the major political, economic, and social developments and reforms taking place in Britain in the early part of the 19th century and the causes he championed, such as universal suffrage, Catholic emancipation, a reduction in the power of the Anglican church, and an end to imprisonment for debt.
Knowsley Pamphlet Collection – University of Liverpool: This collection reflects the political careers of the Earls of Derby, primarily Edward George, the 14th Earl and three–time Prime Minister, and his son, Edward Henry, the 15th Earl, who was Colonial Secretary and later Indian secretary in his father’s administration. India and Ireland are prominently figured, along with pamphlets on religion and church affairs, finance and taxation, and education and law reform.
Selections – London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE): These pamphlets cover political party materials, including election manifestos and political cartoons. There are also collections from pressure groups such as the Fabian Society, Imperial Federation Defence Committee, Poor Law Reform Association, Workhouse Visiting Society, Liberal and Property Defence League, and from cooperative movements like the Cooperative Women’s Guild.
Selections – University of Bristol: Bristol’s selection focuses on 19th century commerce, economics, finance, politics, religion, and sociology, and includes pamphlets from National Liberal Club library, along with those from other political parties.
A separate licence is available for publicly funded libraries* within the UK. Please contact JSTOR directly about arranging a subscription to this collection. Eligible institutions must:
Please retain a copy for your institutional records.
* MLAG member libraries can subscribe to this collection on the JSTOR website.
This is a static resource.