The newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817) represent the largest and most comprehensive collection of early English news media. The present digital collection, that helps chart the development of the concept of ‘news’ and ‘newspapers’ and the “free press”, totals almost 1 million pages and contains approximately 1,270 titles. Many of the Burney newspapers are well known, but many pamphlets and broadsides also included have remained largely hidden. These treasures can now be searched, browsed and discovered again within Gale Digital Collections.

Highlights include:


news of Surrender of Lord Cornwallis

News – Surrender of Lord Cornwallis

Publication of the Works of William Shkespeare

Publication of the Works of William Shakespeare

news clipping slave trade and the somerset case

Slave trade and the Somerset Case

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