Monday, 17 December 2012

Victorian Popular Culture (Adam Matthew)

Victorian Popular Culture, published by Adam Matthew Digital, is a subscription-only resource, which is available here at the Bodleian Library, through SOLO and OxLIP+ and in many other research libraries.  It perfectly complements the Entertainment section of ProQuest's The John Johnson Collection: an archive of printed ephemera. Its main sections are Music hall, theatre and popular entertainment; Circuses, sideshows and freaks; Moving pictures, optical entertainments and the advent of cinema; and Spiritualism, sensation and magic.

Although, as the title implies, largely based on the Victorian era, there is one item dating back to the16th century, four from the 17th and a large number from the 18th and 20th centuries.

The material is from:
The Harry Price Library of Magical Literature, Senate House, University of London
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin
National Fairground Archives, University of Sheffield (see my last post)
The National Archives (UK)
Chetham's Library, Manchester
May Moore Duprez Archives
The Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture, University of Exeter
BFI National Archive

Features include full-text searching, a chronological timeline, essays, secondary resources, slide shows, innovative 360 degree technologies, audio files from Saydisc records and video clips.

(C) Adam Matthew Digital
It is always a pleasure to be able to cross-search collections, especially such rich ones. There are the usual search and advance search options and also browsable lists by title, author, date and type of material.  A symbol indicates which section of the project the material is from (e.g  the card symbol above for Spiritualism, sensation and magic). Although books, diaries, correspondence, journals, etc  are included, the substance of the project is ephemera. 

This is an indispensable resource for Entertainment historians.

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