Art & Architecture

Primary Sources

A location register of archival documents relating to artists, designers and craftspeople in publicly-accessible collections in the UK and Ireland.

Manuscript & printed works, c1550-1850, highlighting the influence of continental travel on British art, architecture, urban planning, literature & philosophy.

Searchable digital collections, including photos (esp. the Howes Brothers Collection), objects, artifacts & maps; the Historic House Inventory, indexed plot map of the Old Burial Grounds & full-text of The Hampshire Gazette, 1786+ (in progress).

Focuses on the changing nature of everyday life in Britain in the 18th, 19th & early 20th centuries. Categories include entertainment; the book trade; popular prints; crimes, murders & executions; and advertising. Trials ends 11/30/15.

Color digital images of rare books, ads, cartoons, ephemera, maps and other materials relating to 18th, 19th and early 20th century London.


Covers social history, early commerce, trade, colonization, industry, political systems, revolutions, slavery, exploration, philosophy, and more.


Primary source documents on major expositions. Covers architecture, fine & decorative arts, technology, industrial design, science, entertainment, urban planning, manufacturing, cultural history, etc.

Primary source material on popular entertainment in America, Britain & Europe, 1779-1930, including spiritualism, circuses, music halls & theater, etc.