Announcing the Launch of the Vann Victorian Collection

A lot of us will know the name J. Don Vann from the landmark collections that he edited with Rosemary VanArsdel: Victorian Periodicals: A Guide to Research (1978; 1989) Victorian Periodicals and Victorian Society (1994), and Periodicals of Queen Victoria’s Empire (1996). Don, a founding member of RSVP, has now donated the vast collection of Victorian books and magazines — including many rare part-issues — that he and his wife, Dolores, have assembled since 1962 to the University of North Texas Libraries.

The Vann Victorian Collection, which includes a permanent funds to purchase additional Victorian books for the collection,, has officially opened at the UNT Libraries. An online virtual exhibit includes a video interview with Don Vann in which he talks about RSVP, Dickens, and many other aspects of his career.

Call for Applications – Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) is pleased to announce the fifth annual Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship, made possible by the generosity of publisher Gale, part of Cengage Learning, in support of dissertation research that makes substantial use of full-text digitized collections of 19th-century British magazines and newspapers. A prize of $1500 will be awarded, together with one year’s passworded subscription to selected digital collections from Gale, including 19th Century UK Periodicals and 19th Century British Library Newspapers.

Please see our Awards page for further information.