British History Search Engine Coming

Attention historians of pre-20th century British psychology and related topics: the Connected Histories Project is currently in the process of creating a search engine that is specific to British history. The search engine will also link together several databases that are already in existence, including:

  • Old Bailey Proceedings Online: An online collection of 197,745 criminal trials that were held at the Central Criminal Court in London between 1674-1913.
  • Burney Newspaper collection: National, regional, and local British newspapers from the British Library’s collection dating to theĀ 17th-19th centuries.
  • British History Online: A searchable online resource created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust.

And this is but a “taste” of what the new database will offer. According to the Connected Histories website:

“In total, Connected Histories will provide access to 14 major databases of primary source texts, containing more than 412 million words, plus 469,000 publications, 3.1 million further pages of text, 87,000 maps and images, 254,000 individuals in databases, and over 100 million name instances.”

The first phase of the site is expected to be completed in March of 2011.

About Jennifer Bazar

Jennifer Bazar is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care. Her research focuses on the history of psychiatric institutionalization.