The Library provides access for UIUC faculty, staff, and students to several major collections of digitized texts. These are available from the Online Research Resources page off the Library Gateway. Because these are subscription databases, access requires authentication with a UIUC net id.
In addition to these subscription databases available only to UIUC students, faculty and staff, there are many digital collections available without restriction or cost to the user. Some of the free digital resources to explore are the American Memory Project at the Library of Congress, the Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London, 1674-1834, Homicide in Chicago 1870-1930, and Harvard’s digital collections relating to immigration and labor history. These are a few of hundreds of digital conversion projects underway at academic institutions, museums, and research libraries.
19th Century English Poor Law and Union Records. Digital collection of the correspondence between Poor Law unions and the central administration in London. Correspondence includes letters, memos, reports, and other accounts of activities within the region covered by the union. Includes source material for the study of education, local politics, labor movements, and public health. Covers 1834- 1871.
One of the best tools for locating digital humanities collections is OAIster (“oyster”), a union catalog of digital resources. The University of Virginia has developed their own portal to online resources in American studies.
Irish University Press reprint series of British Parliamentary Papers of the 19th century:
Irish University Press Series of British Parliamentary Papers. Poor Law. 30 vols. (1968-71) Q.362.5 Ir4 Stacks
Irish University Press Series of British Parliamentary Papers. Industrial Revolution: Children's Employment. 15 vols. (1968) Q.331.31 Ir4 Stacks
Irish University Press Series of British Parliamentary Papers. Industrial Revolution: Factories. 31 vols. (1968-71) Q.331.0942 Ir4 Stacks
Irish University Press Series of British Parliamentary Papers. Social Problems: Drunkenness. 4 vols. (1968-69) Q.364.173 Ir4 Stacks
Irish University Press Series of British Parliamentary Papers. Urban Areas: Housing. 3 vols. (1970) Q.331.833 Ir4 Stacks
Irish University Press Series of British Parliamentary Papers. Urban Areas: Sanitation. 7 vols. (1969-70) Q.628.3 Ir4 Stacks
Irish University Press Series of British Parliamentary Papers. Health: Mental. 8 vols. (1968-71) Q.614.8 Ir4 Stacks
Irish University Press Series of British Parliamentary Papers. Emigration. 28 vols. (1968-71) Q.325.242 Ir4 Stacks
Irish University Press Series of British Parliamentary Papers. Famine (Ireland). 8 vols. (1968-70) Q.338.19 Ir4 Stacks
Irish University Press Series of British Parliamentary Papers. Education: Poorer classes. 9 vols. (1968-70) Q.371.96 In4 Stacks
Irish University Press Series of British Parliamentary Papers. Colonies: General. 37 vols. (1968-71) Q.326.342 Ir4 Stacks
Catalogue of British Parliamentary Papers in the Irish University Press 1000-volume Series and Area Studies Series, 1801-1900. (1977) Q.015.42 Ir423 Reference Library
Relief of the Poor in Essex, in Documents, Maps, Pictures, and Photographs. Prepared by N. Rowley. (1971) Q.362.5 R27 Stacks
Labour and the Poor in England and Wales, 1849-1851: The Letters to the Morning Chronicle from the Correspondents in the Manufacturing and Mining Districts, the Towns of Liverpool and Birmingham, and the Rural Districts. Edited by J. Ginswick. 3 vols. (1983- ) 305.5690941 L114 History, Philosophy and Newspaper Library
Berkshire Overseers' Papers, 1564-1834. Edited by Peter Durrant. (Reading, 1997) 942.29 B4552 Stacks
Poor Law Records of Mid Sussex: 1601-1835. Edited by Norma Pilbeam and Ian Nelson. (Sussex Record Society Series, v. 83) (East Sussex, 2001) 942.25 Su8p v. 83 Stacks
Essex Pauper Letters, 1731-1837. Edited by Thomas Sokoll. (Oxford, 2001) 362.58094267 Ex75 Stacks
Images of the Outcast: The Urban Poor in the Cries of London. By Sean Shesgreen. (New Brunswick, N.J., 2002) 305.56909421 Sh59i History, Philosophy and Newspaper Library
Voices of the Poor: Selections from the Morning Chronicle ‘Labour and the Poor' (1849-1850). By Henry Mayhew. (London, 1971) 331 M453v Stacks
Down Poorhouse Lane: The Diary of a Rochdale Workhouse. By John Cole. (Littleborough, Lancashire, 1984) 362.58094273 C675d Stacks
The Poorhouse Fugitives: Self-Taught Poets and Poetry in Victorian Britain. Annotated by Brian Maidment. (Manchester, 1987) 821.08 P799 English Library
The State of the Poor; or, An History of the Labouring Classes in England, from the Conquest to the Present Period; in which are particularly considered, their domestic economy, with respect to diet, dress, fuel, and habitation; and the various plans which, from time to time, have been rpoposed, and adopted, for the relief of the poor; together with parochial reports relative tot he administration of work-houses, and houses of industry; the state of friendly societies; and other public institutions. By Sir Frederic Morton Eden. 3 vols. (London, 1797) X339 Ed28s Rare Books and Manuscripts Library
A Book of Scattered Leaves: Poetry of Poverty in Broadside Ballads of Nineteenth-Century England: Study and Anthology. By James Hepburn. 2 vols. (Lewisburg, Penn., 2000) 821.09 H41b Stacks
The Unvarnished Truth: Personal Narratives in Nineteenth-Century America. By Ann Fabian. (Berkeley, 2000) 973.508694 F11u Stacks
Poverty, Migration, and Settlement in the Industrial Revolution: Sojourners' Narratives. By James Stephen Taylor. (Palo Alto, Calif., 1989) 344.420325 T215p Stacks, Commerce Library
Dear Mrs. Roosevelt: Letters from Children of the Great Depression. Edited by Robert Cohen. (Chapel Hill, 2002) B.R7811de History, Philosophy and Newspaper Library
The Metropolitan Poor: Semifactual Accounts, 1795-1910. Edited by John Marriott and Masaie Matsumura. (1999) 6 vols. 305.56909421 M567 History, Philosophy and Newspaper Library
Papers from the Mass Observation Archive at the University of Sussex: The microfilm edition of the Mass Observation Archive complements the online edition (see above). During the 1930s ande 1940s, "ordinary" people, many of them working class, were enlisted to collect information and impressions on their own lives and the lives of the people in their communities (in Great Britain). Parts 2 and 3 contain the Worktown Collection, which documents life in the cities of Blackpool and Bolton from 1937-1940. Parts 4 and 5 cover welfare, social conditions, housing, work, health, family planning, and the Beveridge Report. Library also owns Part 8 (Conscription, Pacifism, and War Service), Part 9 (Shopping and Self Image), Part 10 (Leisure and Entertainment), Part 11 (Industry and Social Conditions, 1938-1955), and Part 12 (Sexual Behaviour, 1939-1950).
The Jane Addams Papers: Includes her correspondence, records of Hull House Association, and a clippings file.
Microfilm edition of the Detroit Urban League papers, 1916-1950, at the University of Michigan: Records of the Detroit branch of the National Urban League.