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British periodicals at Minnesota: The early nineteenth century (Introduction)

British Periodicals at Minnesota: The Early Nineteenth Century

Compiled by Michael Hancher
February 1995


Perhaps there is no single feature of the English literary history of the nineteenth century, not even the enormous popularisation and multiplication of the novel, which is so distinctive and characteristic as the development in it of periodical literature. — George Saintsbury (1896), quoted by Laurel Brake, Subjugated Knowledges: Journalism, Gender and Literature in the Nineteenth Century (London: Macmillan, 1994), 1.
The University of Minnesota Libraries hold a relatively strong collection of nineteenth–century periodicals. The following handlist reports many periodicals that began publication in Great Britain between 1801 and 1850, and also some that began their careers in the eighteenth century or earlier and continued to publish after 1800. Additions and corrections are welcome. (Thanks are due to Josef L. Altholz for several additions.)

This list excludes daily newspapers, serialized monographs, and microforms; however, a few reprints are included. It is arranged chronologically by date of first issue, even when the Libraries lack that issue; and then alphabetically by title. (In the catalogue entries gathered below, some dates are retrospective title-page dates, later than the date of the first issue.) Some variable journal titles are consolidated; others are not.

Some of these periodicals are available in the Periodicals Room of Wilson Library; most are housed in the Wilson Sub-Basement Annex. A few other titles are held by the Department of Special Collections and Rare Books (111 Andersen Library); the Wangensteen History of Medicine and Biology Library (568 Diehl Hall); and by other collections. For particular locations see MNCAT (in LUMINA), the electronic catalogue of the University of Minnesota Libraries—from which this list was compiled.

The Libraries hold complete runs of only some of these journals. For details see the holdings descriptions in MNCAT.

For an introduction to these materials see Richard D. Altick, The English Common Reader: A Social History of the Mass Reading Public, 1800-1900 (Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1957), 318–47. Recent topical surveys of the field are published in Victorian Periodicals and Victorian Society, ed. J. Donn Vann and Rosemary T. VanArsdel (Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1994).

Detailed information about many of these journals, including attributions of unsigned articles, is reported in The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals, 1824-1900, ed. Walter E. Houghton, 5 vols. (Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1966–89). British Literary Magazines, ed. Alvin Sullivan, 4 vols. (Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1983–86), includes articles about dozens of the titles reported in this handlist: see volume 2, The Romantic Age, 1789–1836 (1983), and volume 3, The Victorian and Edwardian Age, 1837–1913 (1984).

Less detailed but more extensive listings can be found in The Waterloo Directory of Victorian Periodicals, 1824–1900: Phase I, ed. Michael Wolff et al. (Waterloo, Ont.: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 1976); and Union List of Victorian Serials: A Union List of Selected Nineteenth-Century British Serials Available in United States and Canadian Libraries, ed. Richard D. Fulton and C. M. Colee (New York: Garland, 1985)—which includes reports of selected holdings at the University of Minnesota Libraries as well as at other libraries in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Current scholarship and criticism is surveyed by Victorian Periodicals Review (from 1968).

 This handlist is divided into several linked files:

There is also an alphabetical title index.
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Michael Hancher
Department of English, University of Minnesota
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Created February 1995
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