19th Century British Pamphlets has drawn together a number of smaller collections associated with individuals or families–Durham University, University of Liverpool, Newcastle University, and University College London--as well as the University of Manchester. We have also supplemented these with pamphlets drawn from larger collections at the University of Bristol and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
The production of electronic facsimiles of the pamphlets was undertaken at BOPCRIS, the specialist digitization unit based in Hartley Library at the University of Southampton. The methods of digitization ensure that all page components were captured and provide users with faithful replications, which include any handwritten personal annotations, corrections, and paper color to provide the effects of time and use on the printed page.
Research Libraries UK (RLUK)
Research Libraries UK (RLUK), formerly known as CURL, is a major grouping of UK libraries. RLUK comprises 29 research libraries. Its mission is to increase the ability of research libraries to share resources for the benefit of the local, national, and international research community. The RLUK strategy, “the power of knowledge,” has identified digitization as one of its six key strategic themes in synergy with the research information infrastructure theme.
RLUK is working proactively to promote the research digitization agenda in partnership with the JISC. In addition to its support for the 19th Century British Pamphlets project, RLUK has sponsored Copac, a database of over 35 million books and serials held in UK libraries, the UK Archives Hub, a national gateway to descriptions of archives in UK universities and colleges, and EthOSnet, which will provide electronic access to UK theses.
JISC Digitisation Programme
The 19th British Century Pamphlets Collection is part of the JISC Digitisation Programme, which has received funding from the Higher Education Funding Councils for England and Wales to make available a wide range of heritage and scholarly resources of national importance. This includes sound recordings, moving pictures, newspapers, maps, images, cartoons, census data, journals, and parliamentary papers for use by the UK further and higher education communities.
The 19th Century British Pamphlets Collection is made freely available to non-commercial educational and research institutions in the United Kingdom.