London Low Life & Innovative Features from Adam Matthew


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From the 2011 Charleston Tech Talk.
London Low Life brings Victorian London to life through a range of primary-source content and accompanying features. The session will showcase a range of innovative technology from Adam Matthew, including the custom-designed G.I.S. mapping. Examples from collections on Jewish history, World War I and Rock & Roll will also be explored.

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London Low Life & Innovative Features from Adam Matthew

  1. 1. ADAM MATTHEW EDUCATION Experience the Original
  2. 2. TheAdam Matthew Group
  3. 3. Innovative Features in Online Resources… London Low LifeJewish Life in America The First World War: Rock and Roll, Counter c1654-1954 Personal Experiences Culture, Peace and Protest
  4. 4. This collection brings to life the teeming streets of Victorian London. Topics covered include: • Working class culture • Prostitution • Street Literature • Slang • Social Reform • Popular Music • The Temperance Movement Contents include: • Pamphlets • Advertisements • ‘Street Cries’ • Cartoons and Sketches • Chapbooks • Autobiographies and Biographies • BroadsidesLondon Low Life: Street Culture • ManuscriptsStreet Culture, Social Reform and the VictorianUnderworld
  5. 5. The Lilly LibraryOne of the largest rare-book and manuscript libraries in the United States. Founded in 1960 with thecollection of Josiah K. Lilly, Jr, of Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, the library now contains somefascinating treasures among approximately 400,000 rare books, 6.5 million manuscripts and 100,000pieces of sheet music.Materials in London Low Life are taken from several of the Lilly Library’s renowned collections, includingthe Michael Sadleir Collection of London Low Life, the Virginia Warren Collection of Street Cries, theChapbook Collection and the Pforzheimer Collection of George Gissing’s manuscripts.
  6. 6. Rich Variety of ContentStreet Cries These were the lyrical calls of vendors and merchants in the 18th and 19th centuries, hawking their wares in the streets and markets. Recorded along with pictorial representations of the sellers, they became a popular subject for books.Chapbooks Chapbooks were cheaply-produced, pocket-sized booklets, produced from the sixteenth century through to the second half of the 19th century. The content varied enormously, although nursery rhymes and folk tales are by far the most popular subject. Remarkable insight into the literature sold and read on the streets of the London.Rare Books ‘Fast guides’ to the city, designed for the man-about-town, complement the collections of ephemera and street literature. These present the range of London’s entertainment, with entries running from the seemly (restaurants, pubs) to the unseemly (gambling dens, opium dens, brothels etc). We also include many rare guidebooks and histories of London, designed for more respectable tourists of the city, covering theatre, sightseeing, restaurants, and practicalities. A fascinating insight into both the life of the city and its representation to visitors of the period.Maps Historic maps ranging from the early 18th century to the 1920s reveal the city’s startling growth in geographical terms. The rare Tallis’ Street Views, a series of beautifully engraved directories depicting London street by street in wonderful detail, along with information about the businesses contained within each locale. These views provide us with invaluable insight into both the architecture and the usage of London’s buildings in the mid-19th century.
  7. 7. Personalize Your Browsing
  8. 8. Interactive MappingSpace or “Which areas of Victorian London are most similar / different to each other (and how did that change over time)?”• The 19th century was a dynamic time for London and its population, and the interactive maps allow the user to explore the numbers.• See how and where the population of London changed over 100 years.• Locations of social institutions throughout London are displayed, helping us understand how the city tried to cope with the changing nature of its urban population.Place or “What was it like to be in Victorian London?”• As London’s population was changing in the 19th century, the city itself was being reshaped.• Historic basemaps not only give you a top-down view of the city; they also allow you to see what aspects of the city cartographers felt were important enough to include on their maps.
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