The Personal Journals of Queen Victoria Online: See them for free

An extract from a news release today from London:

“Her Majesty The Queen today launched a unique online resource that makes available all the personal journals of Queen Victoria. The Bodleian Libraries working in partnership with The Royal Archives and information company ProQuest, have for the first time ever, made the private records of one of the world’s most influential public figures available for the public to access at

This digitized file represents 141 volumes that spanned Victoria’s life, holding more than 43,000 pages written in her own hand, some showing sketches and drawings by the Queen herself. These journals have never before been published in their entirety, and previous to the release of the online file the only way one could access the materials was by appointment at the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle. The journals from the Queen’s later years were redacted and transcribed by the Queen’s daughter, Princess Beatrice.

My thanks to the Bodlian Library and ProQuest for providing this free trial of these remarkable journals. It’s open to you at the link above through June 30th.

More as it happens,


Cheryl LaGuardia About Cheryl LaGuardia

Cheryl LaGuardia always wanted to be a librarian, and has been one for more years than she's going to admit. She cracked open her first CPU to install a CD-ROM card in the mid-1980's, pioneered e-resource reviewing for Library Journal in the early 90's (picture calico bonnets and prairie schooners on the web...), won the Louis Shores / Oryx Press Award for Professional Reviewing, and has been working for truth, justice, and better electronic library resources ever since. Reach her at, where she's a Research Librarian at Harvard University.