Invaluable for tracing the movements of Conrad's
friends and business contacts on trips across the Atlantic is The
Ellis Island Site, which logs passenger arrivals (including
Conrad's own arrival in the Tuscania
in 1923) in New York from about 1890 to 1925. Some passenger manifests
also include personal details such as address, profession, date
of birth, and height and eye colour.
Invaluable, though deliberately limited to
selected periods, are the series of historical directories for England
and Wales available through the Historical
Directories Project, based at the University of Leicester. Although
the search engine is clumsy, this material previously available
only at Guildhall, the British Library, and some local libraries
offers a wealth of information for tracing references to individuals
mentioned in Conrad's correspondence or for figures who provided
the basis for fictional characters.
Conrad's London may be vividly conjured up
by the superbly detailed maps and sometimes colourful reports of
the Charles Booth
Online Archive, maintained by the London School of Economics.
Several other historical maps of London, can be accessed at Maps
of London, and period photographs, mainly early twentieth century
but some late Victorian, of the city and, despite its name, of places
throughout England, are available at
Images of London.
Historical maps of Africa, Asia, and Europe
can be accessed at The
Perry Castañeda Map Library, University of Texas and
historical maps of Ukraine at Maps
of the Ukraine (less useful than they might be because the Polish
names, contrary to what is purported, do not use Polish letters).
For exploring Conrad's sources for his South-east
Asian fictions a wide variety of nineteenth-century texts, including
Wallace's Malay Archipelago, is to be found on Cornell's
South-east Asian Visions site, a treasure-trove of travel narratives
The value of money during Conrad's writing
career relative to today's values may be calculated by
Measuring Worth, which gives values for both British and US
Times, Times Literary Supplement,
and The New York Times have
been digitalized and are available through university libraries.
The last offers public access to its
Archives on payment of a per-view fee. The Library of Congress
America offers, with free access, a valuable archive of American
newspapers from 1860–1922.
London Gazette for the 20th century, providing official information,
is available without cost.
Available free online and with materials relevant
for Conrad's experience in the Far East and Australia are Singapore
Pages/ NewspaperSG and Australian
Newspapers. Conrad's period in Geneva is covered by Journal
de Gènève (French search capabilities only).