The Waterloo Directory of Victorian Periodicals is a print and online resource that attempts to document every newspaper and periodical published in the United Kingdom from 1800 to 1900. It  has been published in several series, beginning in the 1970's. In series three, there are over 60,000 titles of UK periodicals.

History of the ProjectEdit

The Waterloo Directory of Victorian Periodicals was begun at the behest of Michael Wolff, of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals and first published in 1976. John North eventually took over the project and publishes the subsequent series of the directory through North Waterloo Academic Press. Since the periodical press flourished in the 19th century (according to North, newspapers and periodicals were more than one-hundred-fold the volume and readership of printed books), the Directory might eventually list over 100,000 titles.

Project OverviewEdit

The Directory provides a comprehensive, detailed and useful bibliographical record (including Locations and facsimile Title Pages), that attempts to be larger and more comprehensive than any other, for books, government publications or manuscripts of the century. It is subject- comprehensive, intending to include every periodical and newspaper published on a regular basis, from daily to annually, in every language, within England: a resource for cultural historians, genealogists and all subject specialists.

Series 2 consolidates information from over 6,000 secondary sources, including scholarly resources for press historians and innumerable reference works on the history of Great Britain. Additionally, the directory includes digital images of title pages for 9,000 Victorian periodicals.

Series 3 breaks out entries from Ireland, Wales and Scotland, expands the listings to over 60,000 total entries and includes title pages from over 20,000 periodicals.  The directory is available online at

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