This section highlights the fantastic collection of digitised archives that we hold at Kent and includes newspapers, periodicals, rare books, images, letters, pamphlets, diaries, accounts, maps, drawings and much more!

Using digital archives

Use archival material to enrich your research and gain a deeper understanding of a topic or the literary works you are researching.

The digital archives illuminate aspects of social, political and literary life of the time. Have a look at the selection of subject matter to find out the important issues of a period and gain access to the public opinion of the day through the various primary sources, so you are not just getting the academic and journalists viewpoints.

Newspaper and periodical archives

Gale Primary Sources

Allows you to search 18 primary source databases from Gale Cengage with a single search. The following databases are covered:

  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online
  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online
  • British Library Newspapers
  • The Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003
  • The Listener Historical Archive, 1929-1991
  • Nineteenth Century UK Periodicals
  • Punch Historical Archive, 1841-1992
  • Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Burney Newspapers Collection
  • The Times Digital Archive
  • The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive
  • Plus various other newspaper archives

Eighteenth Century Journals Portal

Portal to Newspapers and Periodicals c1685-1815, covering all aspects of 18th-century social, political and literary life. The collection includes the first digitized full run of The Lady’s Magazine.

Periodical Archives Online

Periodicals Archive Online is a major archive that makes the backfiles of scholarly periodicals in the arts, humanities and social sciences available electronically, providing access to the searchable full text of hundreds of titles. The collection includes: British periodicals (1681 – 1939, 1869 – 2005), American periodicals (1740 – 1940) and historical newspapers:

  • Guardian and Observer
  • New York Times
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Los Angeles Times.

Digital primary sources

Archive Explorer 

Search 9 databases of topical primary source material within a single search box – covering subjects like the American West, Gender, Africa, the Raj, the Grand Tour, Victorian Popular Culture, and Women’s Writing.

New Oxford Shakespeare (Oxford Scholarly Editions)

Presents an entirely new consideration of all of Shakespeare’s works, edited from first principles from the base-texts themselves, and drawing on the latest textual and theatrical scholarship. Click Sign in via your Institution, chose University of Kent and log in with your Kent IT Account username and password.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)

nearly 150,000 titles and editions published in English, 1701-1800.

Electronic Enlightenment

Searchable correspondence of 18th century thinkers and writers.

Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO)

You have access to these primary source collections:

  • British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture
  • European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection.

Victorian Popular Culture: a Portal

Portal for the study of popular entertainment in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Black Thought and Culture

Contains 1,303 sources with 1,210 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans.

Digital Theatre Plus

Online resource providing high-quality full-length films of leading British theatre productions plus interviews with the cast, the creative and production teams behind each show and documentaries.

To login: click Sign in (top right), select University of Kent from the drop-down list, click Sign in with my institution and sign in with your Kent IT account.

Defining Gender, 1450-1910 

British source materials for the study of gender, leisure and consumer culture.