One of the biggest electronic resources available in the National Library of Scotland is the latest issue of a database that has grown to nearly three times its original size in the course of the past year.
British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries now consists of 60,000 pages of views, experiences and anecdotes recorded by women from all walks of life in a 400-year period up to 1900. Whether chronicling major events or giving a picture of daily living, the 430 authors present personal perspectives from a wide range of backgrounds, some of them offering opinions on times of social or political change. Jane Austen, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Mary Shelley, and Queen Victoria are among famous women featured, and the fully searchable resource includes thousands of manuscripts which have been published for the first time. The database, published by Alexander Street Press, can be accessed through our Electronic Resources Network in the George IV Bridge Building.
19 February 2004