Web Site of the Week: QueenVictoriasJournals.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson
In honor of her Diamond Jubilee, Queen Elizabeth has made available the personal journals of Queen Victoria who is the longest reigning British monarch. The diaries cover Victoria's coronation at 18, her marriage to Prince Albert and her Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The Oxford University Bodleian Library collaborating with ProQuest put 43,000 pages on the site queenvictoriasjournals.org. The journals may be searched by key words, date and place of writing. There is also a browse feature for searching by day, month and year. The writing of the queen is not easy to read but those transcribed by Victoria's daughter, Princess Beatrice or typed transcripts are clearer. Until July the collection is available free to anyone in the world but after that it "will remain freely available in perpetuity to all users within the United Kingdom as well as specific libraries elsewhere."