The Victorian Era

Sample Call Numbers 
Sample Subject Headings 
Library Catalogs 
Sample Materials 
Research Databases 
Relevant Journals 
Selected Web Pages and Digital Archives 

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Sample Call Numbers

Great Britain History Victorian Era 1837-1901DA 550-DA 565
English Literature by periodPR 451-PR 469
English Literature 19th century, 1770/1800-1890/1900PN 3991-PN 5990
Prose by periodPR 783
Victorian NovelPR 871
ClothingTT 985

Sample Subject Headings
Start by searching the catalog by keyword. Use whatever terms you think best describe your topic. When you find a record that matches what you are looking for, view the record and see what subject headings were used. Then search again using that term as a subject search.

  • Hisotry– United States– Late nineteenth century, 1865-1900/li>
  • Great Britain– History–19th Century
  • Poets, English– 19th Century
  • England–Social life and customs– 19th Century
  • History of Great Britain– The Victorian Era
  • Great Britain–History–Victoria, 1837-1901

Library Catalogs 
Von Canon Library Catalog 
Washington and Lee Catalog   
VMI Preston Library Catalog  
Rockbridge Public Library Catalog (incl. BV Branch)  
WorldCat Database   

Sample Materials
Great Victorian Lives: An Era in ObituariesCredo Reference
A companion to the Victorian novele-Book
Women’s poetry and religion in Victorian Englande-Book
Victorian London’s middle-class housewifee-Book
The demography of Victorian England and Walese-Book
Romantic stages: set and costume design in Victorian EnglandPN 2087 .F56
Victorian England aspects of English and imperial historye-Book
Poverty and compassion: the moral imagination of the late VictoriansHV 4086 .A3 H54
Victorian miniatureDA 690 .K433 C48
Language and class in Victorian EnglandPE 1085 .P45 1984
A prison of expectations: the family in Victorian cultureHQ 613 .M56 1985
Woman and the demon: the life of a Victorian mythPR 469 .W65 A93
The romantic impulse in Victorian fictionPR 878 .R73 S7
Portrait of an age: Victorian EnglandDA 550 .Y6 1977
Science serialized representation of the sciences in 19th century…e-Book
Nature and the Victorian imaginationBH 221 .G73 N37
Sex and marriage in Victorian poetryPR 469 .S4 J6
The Victorian revolution: government and society in…BritainJN 216 .S7 1973
Urban crime in Victorian EnglandHV 6944 .T6 1972
Matthew Arnold; a study of the aesthetic temperament in Victorian…REMOTE PR 4023 .M3
The expansion of EnglandDA 16 .S45 1971

Research Databases
Academic Search Complete
America: History and Life
Bridgeman Art Library
Cambridge Companions
Civil War: Antebellum to Reconstruction
Classical Music Library
Credo Reference
Dictionary of Literary Biography
eBook Collection
Harpers Weekly
HighWire Press
Humanities International Complete
Literature Resources from Gale
MasterFILE Premier
National Gallery Collection
Oxford English Dictionary
Proquest Dissertations and Theses
Religion and Philosophy Collection
Scribner Writer’s Series
Twayne Author’s Series
Wiley Online Library
Women’s Studies International

Relevant Journals 
Victorian Newsletter
Victorian Poetry
Victorian Studies
Victorian Institute Journal
Nineteenth Century Gender Studies
Nineteenth-Century Literature
English Literary History
English Historical Review
British Heritage

These are just examples.  To find more, or to look for a specific journal/periodical, use the JournalFinder tool on the Von Canon Library homepage.

Selected Web Pages & Digital Archives 
Victorian Web Online 
Nineteenth-Century Scholarship Online 
The Victorian Dictionary  
BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History  
Victorian Voices: A Topical Treasury of Victorian Magazine Articles  
Victorian Britain  
World History Sources 
Extracts from Queen Victoria’s Diaries  
British Newspapers 1800-1900  
C19: The Nineteenth Century Index  
Scholarly Resources for Victorian Research  
British History Online  
The Carlyle Letters Online  
Online Lit. Criticism British 19th Century  
Victorian Era Maps of Great Britain  
Digitizing “Chinese Englishmen:” Representations of race and empire in the nineteenth century  
Historical Atlas and Gazetteer of Europe from Year 1 to 2000