Where to Download Ackermann’s Repository
On June 19, 2013 | 7 Comments | Regency | Tags: ,

Ackermann's Repository

If you have spent any time researching the British Regency, you may have come across a mention of Ackermann’s Repository. Ackermann’s was an illustrated periodical published between 1809-1829. It included articles on a wide variety of topics, but focused on fashion, architecture and literature.

When I first started working on my novel, The Nightmare Obelisk, I scoured the internet for excerpts of this periodical. While I found many examples of the illustrations, the fashion ones are particularly popular as prints and deservedly so, the text remained elusive. On a whim, in-between working on my synopsis and query letters, I decided to try again and I’m very glad that I did!

Whoever undertook scanning all of Ackermann’s Repository at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Library deserves a hug. At Archive.org, you can download each volume in its entirety ( each one is 450+ pages ) in a variety of formats. I opted for the PDFs, but you can even view them online in your web browser.

If you are only interested in the fashion illustration plates, EKDuncan has a collection of those on her blog. You can find the full index of links at the bottom of her post on 1828. Since these are copyright free Regency images, you can use them for whatever project strikes your fancy!

The volumes of Ackermann’s Repository are listed entirely out of order if you search for them on Archive.org, so here’s a list of chronological links to help you. When you visit the page, you will be able to select which format you would like to download.

Ackermann’s Repository at Archive.org

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

    I’m so glad I found your site. I’ve been wanting to find Ackermann’s Repository for my research for the longest time. Thank you so much for taking the time to provide the chronological listing. d:)

    • pasaiidesign

      You’re very welcome! I had the same difficulty finding Ackermann’s Repository. :)

  • Dr Cox

    Most helpful, well done.

  • RivkaMaria

    Interesting and delightful. Thank you.

  • Joel Bernier

    Wow great thanks

  • lamamu

    Thank you so much for posting! The time period for my series is 1824-25 and I’ve had such a hard time finding fashion plates for those years. I’d heard waistlines were dropping, but it’s nice to see it confirmed!

  • MJ Johnson

    Omygoodness! Thanks so much for sharing this!!! You made my day! Xo

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