Library acquires Eighteenth Century Collections Online

Written by Jon Ritterbush, E-Resources and Serials Librarian

The 18th century saw what many scholars believe to be three of the most significant events in world history – the American Revolution, the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution. To support research of primary sources from this era, the Calvin T. Ryan Library has recently acquired the Eighteenth Century Collections Online.

This digital collection features over 200,000 printed volumes — comprising more than 32 million pages — in essence, every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. In addition to textual accounts, a researcher may find illustrations such as this 1763 map of Louisiana, which encompassed the lands that would later be named Nebraska and Kansas.

This database is listed in the alphabetical listings of the “Articles & Databases” webpage, as well as under these subject listings:

  • History (U.S. and World)
  • Law,
  • Literature,
  • Modern Languages,
  • Philosophy and Religion,
  • Political Science,
  • Primary Sources,
  • Theatre and Performing Arts,
  • Women’s and Gender Studies

The purchase of this searchable digital archive is funded by the Student Library Enhancement Fund, with additional funding from the English and History departments.

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