by Guest Blogger Jennifer Jermantowicz
As a writer of historical fiction, I am always looking for resources to improve the accuracy of the environment inhabited by my characters. The more details that I can include, the more immersive the world feels to my readers.
During my search for descriptions of British Regency fashion, I read that prolific author Georgette Heyer often referred to her collection of ‘Ackermann’s Repository’. However, an intact copy of this regency periodical is difficult to find and expensive. Single fashion prints sometimes appear on eBay, but this is not enough for a comprehensive study.
Half Dress, January 1812
With the advent of the internet, it’s much easier to track down unusual resources. Many organizations and libraries are scanning copyright free works, and placing them online. One of the best places to find these documents is the Internet Archive ( http://archive.org ), a non-profit digital library of cultural artifacts.
Thanks to the Philadelphia Museum of Art Library and support from the Lyrasis Members and Sloan Foundation, every single issue of Ackermann’s Repository from 1809 – 1829 is available for free download at the Internet Archive. Unfortunately, the archive is frustrating to navigate. To make research easier, I created an organized list with direct links to each issue of Ackermann’s Repository at the Internet Archive.
Morning Dress, 1813
I am delighted to share this resource from my blog ( http://pasaii.com/where-to-download-ackermanns-repository/ ) with the readers of Number One London. I hope that it helps many more writers and passionate researchers of this amazing period of British history.
Ackermann’s Repository at Archive.org
Fashion Prints from Victoria’s Collection
THANK YOU, JENNIFER!