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DH 8991/ENGL 8500: Introduction to Digital Humanities

Research guide for Alison Booth's Spring 2024 Intro to DH class.

Researching the Great Exhibition & Women's Biographies

The resources on this guide will help you think through research and DH project options related to the Great Exhibition of 1851 or the Collective Biographies of Women (CBW). 

Library Primary Collections Database - Great Exhibition

World’s Fairs (Adam Matthew)
Explore the phenomenon of world's fairs from the Crystal Palace in 1851 and the proliferation of North American exhibitions, to fairs around the world, and twenty-first century expos. Through official records, monographs, publicity, artwork and artifacts, this resource brings together multiple archives for rich research opportunities in this diverse topic.

Victorian Popular Culture (Adam Matthew) 
Victorian Popular Culture is a portal comprised of four modules, inviting users into the darkened halls, small backrooms, big tops and travelling venues that hosted everything from spectacular shows and bawdy burlesque, to the world of magic, spiritualist séances, optical entertainments, and the first moving pictures.

Online Object Collections - Great Exhibition

Primary Collections - Online Books - Great Exhibition of 1851

Databases for secondary research into the Great Exhibition

Finding print and ebooks - critical scholarship on the Great Exhibition 1851

Virgo is UVA Library's catalog. Search Virgo for scholarship about Woolf and her works. Use subject headings to help you find resources that meet your research needs. You can use a general subject to get started, like: Great Exhibition

You can also run an advanced search and pair a search for Great Exhibition with a search for subjects that relate to themes/topics of interest. For example, you might search for a keyword of Great Exhibition and a subject of: Public Opinion, Sources, Social life and customs, etc. 

Once you find a book that includes a subject heading that relates to your topic of interest, click on the subject heading in the item record to find other items marked with that subject. 

Below are a few examples of some recent print books and ebooks that critically examine the Exhibition of 1851: