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17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Database

The newspapers and news pamphlets gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757- 1817) are the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media available from the British Library. The 700 or so bound volumes of newspapers and news pamphlets were published in London. However there are also some English provincial, Irish and Scottish papers, and a few examples from the American colonies. There are 1271 titles in the collection.

We are pleased to announce that, thanks to funding from JISC Collections, this collection is now available free to UK Higher and Further Education institutions. 

Access to the website in British Library Reading Rooms

In partnership with Gale Cengage Learning, the entire collection has been digitised. You can access the website now if you are within a British Library Reading Room.

Access to the website for UK HE and FE institutions

The website is also available to all Further and Higher Education UK institutions free of charge, thanks to funding from JISC, as part of its £22 million digitisation programme. HE and FE institutions should visit the JISC website to learn more or apply for a licence. The current list of subscribing UK HE and FE institutions can be found in the list in the right-hand margin.

Other Access

To subscribe to the database please contact Gale Cengage Learning.

The collection totals almost 1 million pages including many rare single page and single issue items. Important titles included are the British Journal, the Daily Courant, the Daily Gazetteer, Lloyd’s Evening Post and British Chronicle, the London Chronicle, the Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser, St James’ Chronicle or British Evening Post, and Whitehall Evening Post, or London Intelligencer.

The collection is cross searchable with the 19th Century British Library Newspapers Database collection.

PDF files

The links below are to Adobe PDF files. Accessibility solutions and free Reader software are available from Adobe.