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The General Collection on Society and Culture

Central to The Nineteenth Century programme is the General Collection. It is the largest microfiche collection, representing well over half the total works microfilmed. Texts for the General Collection are selected on a number of criteria, the most important being the relevance of the literature to modern interests. The Nineteenth Century General Collection republishes thousands of scarce books and pamphlets originally published between 1801 and 1900, creating a massive resource for research in every area of human life and ideas in the nineteenth century. Comprehensive access is provided through Library of Congress subject headings.

The collection is divided into 15 subjects:

  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Family life and household management
  • Geography and topography
  • Agriculture
  • History and archaeology
  • Jurisprudence
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Education
  • Recreation
  • Science
  • Medicine
  • Technology and the useful arts
  • Religion

The microfiche collection enables scholars to access scarce texts, many of which have never been listed in a published bibliography.

'It is very evident that my students regard the tracts and pamphlets in The Nineteenth Century as a living archive, a mine that they have found for themselves. The collection enables them to share the experiences of research scholars - there is the same sense of discovery, of digging a little deeper, of relating various parts of the collection, and of hearing the Victorians speak for themselves. It enables students to become true historians'.

Professor Anthony Wohl
Vassar College

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