ACKERMANN'S REPOSITORY FASHION INDEX


by Guest Blogger Jennifer Jermantowicz

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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.
Head Dresses, 1814

Ackermann’s Repository at Archive.org

Series 1
1809Vol 1 ( Jan – June )Vol 2 ( July – Dec )
1810Vol 3 ( Jan – June )Vol 4 ( July – Dec )
1811Vol 5 ( Jan – June )Vol 6 ( July – Dec )
1812Vol 7 ( Jan – June )Vol 8 ( July – Dec )
1813Vol 9 ( Jan – June )Vol 10 ( July – Dec )
1814Vol 11 ( Jan – June )Vol 12 ( July – Dec )
1815Vol 13 ( Jan – June )Vol 14 ( July – Dec )
Series 2
1816Vol 1 ( Jan – June )Vol 2 ( July – Dec )
1817Vol 3 ( Jan – June )Vol 4 ( July – Dec )
1818Vol 5 ( Jan – June )Vol 6 ( July – Dec )
1819Vol 7 ( Jan – June )Vol 8 ( July – Dec )
1820Vol 9 ( Jan – June )Vol 10 ( July – Dec )
1821Vol 11 ( Jan – June )Vol 12 ( July – Dec )
1822Vol 13 ( Jan – June )Vol 14 ( July – Dec )
Series 3
1823Vol 1 ( Jan – June )Vol 2 ( July – Dec )
1824Vol 3 ( Jan – June )Vol 4 ( July – Dec )
1825Vol 5 ( Jan – June )Vol 6 ( July – Dec )
1826Vol 7 ( Jan – June )Vol 8 ( July – Dec )
1827Vol 9 ( Jan – June )Vol 10 ( July – Dec )
1828Vol 11 ( Jan – June )Vol 12 ( July – Dec )
Fashion Prints from Victoria's Collection

 

THANK YOU, JENNIFER!