Provides digital access to newspapers, periodicals, pamphlets and broadsheets that form the Nichols newspaper collection held at the Bodleian library in Oxford, UK.
Resource available to authorized IU Bloomington users (on or off campus)
John Nichols (1745–1826) was a London printer and avid collector of newspapers, which he used to inform his literary and historical research work. He assembled his collection through the purchase of smaller lots or archives at auction when opportunities arose. In 1808, his large collection escaped a dramatic fire at his printing office and warehouse, only to be greatly reduced later when many of the newspapers were stolen and never recovered. After his death, the remaining newspapers were kept in the Nichols family until 1864, when many were sold at auction. In the following year the present 1672-1737 Nichols newspapers collection was sold to the Bodleian library. Originally bound in 96 volumes, of which number 14 (July 1705-July 1708) and 90 (Jan-April 1736) no longer exist, the collection was later re-bound into the present 296 volumes by splitting each volume in three or four parts labelled A through D. The collection includes approximately 300 primary titles of newspapers and periodicals and 300 pamphlets and broadsheets.