According to relevant authorities, current regulations dictate that the period of copyright for a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work is the life of the author plus 70 years. The period of copyright for a photograph is also the life of the author plus 70 years, unless the original image was created before January 1, 1945, in which case, copyright lasts for just 50 years and must necessarily have expired on December 31, 1994 at the latest.

However, please note: because of recent changes to copyright law, electronic reproductions of images may extend their copyright beyond the 70 year rule. All images on this website, therefore, are used at one's own risk.

Most of the written material on this website is now well within the public domain (out of copyright) and can be used freely. However, there are some materials that are, strictly speaking, still under copyright (e.g. they fall foul of the 70 year rule) and I realise that, in this sense, I am in breach of copyright law. However, these works are previously published tributes to Stead from long deceased contemporaries and are here offered to researchers on the understanding that all academic acknowledgement procedures are adhered to. All works from living authors here produced are done so only with kind permission.

Please follow all copyright regulations when quoting from materials on this website. You may quote only brief passages from copyrighted texts and only for academic and noncommercial purposes. Those documents which are out of copyright you may use freely unless otherwise instructed. For more on copyright, visit:

The Intellectual Property Office


There are several methods of citing material on this website:

For books, cite after the following example:

W.T. Stead, My First Imprisonment (London: E. Marlborough & Co, 1886).
[Online] Available: The W.T. Stead Resource Site.
<> [Date accessed]

For journal and/or magazine articles, insert both the article title and the publication in which it appeared:

W.T. Stead, "Government by Journalism". The Contemporary Review, vol. 49 (1886).
[Online] Available: The W.T. Stead Resource Site.
<> [Date accessed] 

For newspaper reports (author unknown):

"Judgement by Default", The Northern Echo, July 15, 1885.
[Online] Available: The W.T. Stead Resource Site.
<> [Date accessed] 

For newspaper reports (author known):

W.T. Stead, "Is it not Time?", The Pall Mall Gazette, October 16, 1883.
[Online] Available: The W.T. Stead Resource Site.
<> [Date accessed] 

For articles/essays which have been compiled into a book, cite both the author of the article/essay and the editor of the work in which it is published. The name of the editor/s should always be followed by the abbreviation "ed." (singular) or "eds." (plural):

Kier Hardie, "The Citizenship of Women: A Plea for Woman's Suffrage",
in W.T. Stead (ed.), Coming Men on Coming Questions, (London: 1905).
[Online] Available: The W.T. Stead Resource Site.
<> [Date accessed] 

To list this website in your bibliography, please reference as follows:

The W.T. Stead Resource Site <> 


Who is behind this website?

I founded this website in 2001 to assist me in my own research on W.T. Stead, little knowing then that it would become the largest online resource on Stead's life and career. Today this site is used by students, scholars and institutions around the world and has significantly contributed to the Study of W.T. Stead and the evils which he campaigned against.

If you have a question or query, feel free to Contact me and I will get back to you at my earliest convenience (but please don't ask me to do your research for you!).

Owen Mulpetre, BA (Hons) MPhil