Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) captures the essence of the Enlightenment in Great Britain between 1701 and 1800.

Illustration from Frances Burney's Camilla

As the eighteenth century opened, the expiration of the strict controls that previously existed over printing, coupled with the birth of the Industrial Revolution, resulted in the proliferation of printing operations across the country—and in turn, created an explosion of literacy. For the first time, a large segment of the population was exposed to a vast array of printed material. Social and economic criticism flourished; theories on man and society were set forth and debated. ECCO contains content supporting research in literature, history, music, criminology, medicine, law, linguistics, and more.

In the most ambitious single digitization project ever undertaken, more than 180,000 titles and editions published between 1701 and 1800 have been digitized. Search the complete text of more than 33 million pages of material; in essence, every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas.

Declaration of Independence, 4 July 1776 by John Trumbull