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Illustrated London News Historical Archive

The complete run of the world's first illustrated weekly newspaper is now available to Penn readers - the Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003.

ILN Historical Archive, part of Gale Cengage's Gale NewsVault, covers more than 7,000 issues over 161 years, with 260,000 fulltext and more than 1.5 million images. Searching tools include filters for specific article and advertisement types.

The enormously popular ILN showed and told the British public about their world, from the Crystal Palace and the Crimean War battlefields through King Tut and the sinking of the Titanic to the death of Princess Diana and beyond. Interpretive essays accompanying the ILN Historical Archive provide context for the ILN's important role in reporting to the British public on archaeology and museums, disasters, celebrities and gossip, worlds fairs, literature and theater, photography, public health, sport, and travel, with hyperlinks to supporting examples within the collection.

The ILN Historical Archive has been acquired by the Penn Libraries with support from the Orrery Society, the Dr. Craig Baxter Memorial Fund, Elisabeth J. Tooker Fund, George C. Vaillant Book Fund, and the Fine Arts Library Gift Fund.

For more information:
Rebecca Stuhr, Coordinator of Humanities Collections
William Keller, Fisher Fine Arts Library Director
Lauris Olson, Social Sciences Bibliographer