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Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO): Children’s Literature and Childhood

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With a wealth of full-image texts of children’s literature from around the world, Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Children’s Literature and Childhood documents the growth of children’s literature during the 19th century and provides legal and sociological texts to contextualize this growth. Included are texts from Europe, Asia, and North America. In its focus and range, this collection opens an array of compelling subjects for research and teaching. Social, moral, economic, and political questions are reflected in children’s literature universally, making it a particularly rich trove for study. This particular collection:

  • Supports the study of the evolution of childhood, literature, and periodicals for children, legal and social definitions of childhood, and the development of educational systems and materials, as well as the development of laws specific to children, among many other topics
  • Includes intricate illustrations and children’s book texts from Europe and North Africa
  • Offers full, searchable text

Multidisciplinary in nature, this collection provides insights into societal values, interests, and education of the nineteenth century and supports the growing academic interest in this time period. Among the many topics included are:

  • immigrant children
  • racial and gender socialization
  • myths of childhood
  • children and religion
  • the changeling in Victorian literature of childhood
  • fairy tales and realism
  • conception of childhood
  • acculturation of children
  • death in children’s fiction

Detailed Overview

Nineteenth Century Collections Online is the most ambitious scholarly digitization and publication program ever undertaken, providing full-text, fully searchable content from a broad range of primary sources. Selected with the guidance of an international team of expert advisors, these primary sources are invaluable for a wide range of academic disciplines and areas of study, providing never before possible research opportunities for one of the most studied historical periods. Archives published in the program include works in Western as well as non-Western languages, and are sourced from rare collections at libraries and other venerable institutions from around the globe.Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Children’s Literature and Childhood includes content from archives and university, public, and national libraries, having been developed for use at academic and research libraries. Included is content from the U.K. National Archives, which features material on child welfare and reform, education, juvenile health, and juvenile crime and detention; the British Library, which includes monographs related to education as well as fiction for children, and a selection of periodicals for children; and The Hine Collection of photographs, which depict child labor in America. We continue to work with the University of Florida, the American Antiquarian Society, and others to provide a full picture of nineteenth century children’s literature and the social construction of children worldwide.

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Editorial Board

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Curriculum Alignment

Only Gale Digital Collections offers the depth and breadth of historic content that scholarly researchers demand. Spanning continents and centuries, GDC delivers thousands of rare primary sources, archival newspapers and periodicals, commentaries, images, manuscripts and much more.

Reviews & Testimonials

"The ranges of sources of all this material boggled my mind. Yes, some of it is from mainstream publications, but so much of it was from rare, hard-to-find sources that I gained an appreciation for the time and effort it’s taken to assemble these vast digitized collections."

— Library Journal

"My review of the publisher’s ECCO (LJ 5/15/04) said, ’The contents, scope, and accessibility of the Eighteenth Century Collections Online are astonishing. Enthusiastically recommended for all academic, public, and research libraries serving serious literary scholarship.’ Gale is happily guilty of having another such paragon in the works. The rare material, the powerful yet uncomplicated search mechanism, and the added-value subject indexing stand out here. As the modules are released, all academic, public, and research libraries serving serious literary, historical, and interdisciplinary scholars should consider acquiring these archives."

— Library Journal

"The scope of this digitization project makes it a significant research resource for both scholars and undergraduates. There are several benefits to this scope: the sheer size of the collections; the geographic range including comparative materials from various cultures; and the variety of types of documents including a significant amount of unpublished material...The new platform tools developed for NCCO are impressive and should be useful to scholars as well as students. These include the browse features for "Exploring Collections," the search within results features, text analysis tools, and sophisticated image viewing tools."

— eDesiderata, Center for Research Libraries


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