The Waterloo Directory

The Waterloo Directory

Nominated to the MLA list of best scholarly works of the twentieth century, called “the best model now available for the bibliographic representation of Victorian Periodicals,” winner of the SHARP award for “outstanding achievement in the history of the book,” the Waterloo Directory of Victorian Periodicals is the industry standard and an absolute necessity for anyone in the field of Victorian scholarship. The Directory is now sold in four separate units, covering English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh periodicals published between 1800 and 1900.

The Waterloo Directory of English Periodicals (1800-1900)

The Waterloo Directory of English Periodicals (1800-1900) provides a detailed, comprehensive overview of every periodical and newspaper published on a regular basis, from daily to annually, in every language, within England: a goldmine for cultural historians, academic researchers, genealogists and all subject specialists. Newspapers and periodicals were more than one-hundred-fold the volume and readership of printed books. In the third series, over 50,000 titles are covered. Publications fully described in the English Directory range from daily to annual frequency and at their inception were projected to continue for an indefinite period of time. Included in the directory, then, are almanacs, postal directories, societies’ annual reports, religious tracts and more.

Newspapers and periodicals of the 19th-century represent a wider range of public and private opinion than those of the 20th-century, partly because the great publishing conglomerates did not yet dominate the scene. Consequently, the 19th-century, during which so many of the precedents and customs of our century were established, became the first for which we have an enormously detailed record, and the lion’s share of this record exists in newspapers and periodicals.

The Waterloo Directory of English Periodicals is an absolute necessity for libraries around the world who want to aid genealogists, researchers, academics and anyone else seeking a rich understanding of life in 19th century England.

The Directory of Scottish Newspapers and Periodicals

The Waterloo Directory of Scottish Newspapers and Periodicals, 1800-1900 is an alphabetical listing and description of newspaper and periodical publications in Scotland in all fields, including the arts, sciences, professions, trades, labour, agriculture, industry, entertainment, sport, church, children, women and finance. Publications described in the Scottish Directory range from daily to annual frequency and at their inception were projected to continue for an indefinite period of time; so, almanacs, postal directories and annual reports of societies are included while serially published multi-volume works of fiction or government reports in several parts over regular intervals are excluded. The wealth of information in this Directory was gathered directly from the issues of these periodicals and from the general and periodical card catalogues of most Scottish libraries, making this a standard reference work for anyone interested in nineteenth-century Scottish culture.

The Directory of Irish Newspapers and Periodicals

The Waterloo Directory of Irish Newspapers and Periodicals, 1800-1900 is an alphabetical listing and description of publications in Ireland in all fields, including the arts, sciences, professions, trades, labour, agriculture, industry, entertainment, sport, church and home. Publications described in this Directory range from daily to annual frequency, and at their inception were projected to continue for an indefinite period of time, so that almanacs, postal directories and annual reports of societies are included while serially published multi-volume works of fiction or government reports in several parts over regular intervals are excluded.

This is a significant research tool absolutely necessary to genealogists, academic researchers and anyone interested in researching the 1840’s famine, temperance movements, religious controversy, burgeoning nationalism, or any other aspect of Irish life in the 19th century.