“This website focuses on 19th Century British pamphlets. It describes pamphlet collections, has links to catalogues and digitised pamphlets, and provides resources to assist those wanting to use pamphlets within their research or teaching.
Due to their small size and print runs many 19th Century pamphlets are now scarce and very difficult to locate or access. As a consequence, they have often been overlooked by researchers. Yet pamphlets were a significant form of publication in the 19th Century and they can complement other publications such as books, newspapers and periodicals. They were often published by individuals, parties or pressure groups with strongly held views, so they can be particularly valuable in aiding our understanding of the debates of their age.
This site was created by the 19th Century Pamphlets Online project, which during 2007-09 digitised more than 23,000 pamphlets from seven UK research collections. This work was led by the University of Southampton , funded by the UK Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and sponsored by Research Libraries UK (RLUK) . The site also incorporates resources created by an earlier RLUK-led 19th Century Pamphlets cataloguing project which created catalogue records for almost 180,000 pamphlets held within 21 research libraries.
Resources for teachers and students
This collection of pamphlets is a valuable source of raw material for teachers working in secondary schools. To show how the pamphlets can be used, a series of online learning resources have been created. Each resource includes selected excerpts from a range of different kinds of pamphlet along with questions to test comprehension and analysis, tasks to focus the attention of the students, background contextual information and tips on finding other relevant material.”
Here is a guide on how to use the pamphlets