These are book sources that should help you in writing Drusilla. They may be available at your local library or bookstore. Books are listed alphabetically by author's last name.
Victorian People and Ideas by Richard D. Altick
An in-depth analysis of Victorian ideas about marriage, politics, the Empire, family, literature, religion, etc.
Bloomingdale's Illustrated 1886 Catalog by Bloomingdale Brothers
A window into life in the 1880s, this reprint has pictures and descriptions of over 1700 items, including clothes, guns, furniture, jewelry, silverware, pipes, you name it.
Personal Beauty by D. G. Brinton and G. H. Napheys
A reprint of a book from 1870, this allows a look at the beauty habits of women during the Victorian era, from tooth care to hair dyes, skin creams to signs of illness.
Arts and Crafts Furniture: The Complete Brooks Catalogue of 1912 by Brooks Manufacturing Co.
Reprint of a Pre-WWI catalogue of typical furniture, including beds, chairs, dining room tables, bookcases and porch swings.
The Girl's Own Book by L. Maria Child
Printed in Boston in 1834, this is a catalogue of children's games, puzzles, riddles, stories, poems, arts and crafts, even calisthenics.
Punk: The Definitive Record of a Revolution by Stephen Colegrave and Chris Sullivan
Much photography in this coffee table book of the height of the punk age, plus many essays on the movement from insiders, both mocking and passionate.
English Women's Clothing in the Nineteenth Century: A Comprehensive Guide with 1,117 Illustrations by C. Willett Cunnington
If it's English and it was worn in the 1800s, it's pictured in here.
The History of Underclothes by C. Willett Cunnington and Phillis Cunnington
Mostly English examples of underwear from the 1600s the twentieth century, including hoop-skirts, bustles, and whatever else might have gotten in dear William's way.
Punk: The Whole Story by DK Publishing
A retrospective of the 70's punk movement through reprinted articles on bands as well as archived photography and lists of the most important punk bands and albums.
The Fashionable Dancer's Casket by Charles Durang
A really wonderful resource for mid-19th century dancing, step by step, as well as ballroom etiquette. Also, it's "casket" as in treasure chest, not the other kind.
Authentic Victorian Dressmaking Techniques by Kristina Harris
Originally printed at the turn of the last century, provides a look at the patterns and techniques women used in making clothing.
The Education of a Daughter by Archbishop Fenelon
First published in America in 1847, this book was originally written in 1687 and formed the foundation of many parents' idea of female education as semi-dangerous.
The Good Housekeeping Hostess by the editors of Good Housekeeping Magazine
Written in 1904, this is a wonderful collection of tea parties, complete with menus and themes, as well as an extensive section of etiquette in social situations.
The Baltimore Catechism by Bennet Kelly
This was THE Catholic catechism of the first half of the 20th century. I haven't found a good source from the 1800s, but this pre-Vatican II book comes close.
The Victorians by Judith Levin
A very tiny book with quite a bit of detail on such things as family life, architecture, medicine, and the dangers of (non-existent) sewer gas.
London's Underworld: Three Centuries of Vice and Crime by Fergun Linanne
The gallows, prisons, notorious streets swarming with thieves, prostitutes, and murderers: no wonder Spike and Dru called it home.
The London Underworld in the Victorian Period: Firsthand Accounts by Beggars, Thieves, and Prostitutes by Henry Mayhew
This source is extremely good. It depicts both the poverty of London in the 1840s and 1850s, and the criminal mindset of the time.
The Language and Sentiment of Flowers by James D. McCabe
The Victorians sometimes used flowers to carry secret messages to each other. This book provides a key to understand what some of those flowers meant.
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
A firsthand look not so much at the music of punk as the lifestyle: sex, drugs, alcohol, depression, and the seedier side of the industry.
The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes by Iona and Peter Opie
More than 500 classic nursery rhymes along with historical and biographical information on them as well as a history of nursery rhymes in general.
Woodstock: An Encyclopedia of the Music and Art Fair by James E. Perone
Who played, who went, what was supposed to happen, what really happened, and countless alphabetized pieces of insider info
Victorian London: The Tale of a City 1840-1870 by Liza Picard
Light-handedly discusses how technical innovations like underground sewers, trains, and public housing initiatives changed the face of London.
What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist--The Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth Century England by Daniel Pool
The title pretty well captures the spirit of the book, which is charmingly easy to understand and crammed with information useful for fics set during this time.
London: A Social History by Roy Porter
From ancient Rome to the modern world, the changes London has gone through, with extra emphasis laid on the Victorian period.
The Rough Guide to Punk by Rough Guides
In depth criticism and background on punk artists from the 1970s to current bands as well as punk fashion trends.
Punk Rock: So What? The Cultural Legacy of Punk by Roger Sabin
Punk etiquette (so to speak), fashion, background, history, as well as discussion of punk rock and racism and politics
England's Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock, and Beyond by Jon Savage
Generally considered THE definitive chronology of punk music and culture, with a heavy emphasis on the Sex Pistols as punk's core
Masters of Bedlam by Andrew T. Scull, Charlotte MacKenzie, and Nicolas Hervey
A quite terrifying history of the treatment of mental patients in the 1800s, including discussion of why women wound up in asylums so frequently.
Fashion: The Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute by Taschen Publishing
Over 700 pages of incredible photographs of actual vintage clothing from the early 1700s to the the end of the twentieth century with explanatory essays.
Punk on 45: Revolutions on Vinyl, '76-'79 by Gavin Walsh
A paperback featuring a collection of picture sleeves from classic punk acts and discussions of rock album art in general.
The Dictionary of Costume by R(uth) Turner Wilcox (see note)*
Entries are in alphabetical order ("aal" through "zuskin"), with sections on various centuries and time periods as well. Great crinoline and bustle era line drawings.
Five Centuries of American Costume by R. Turner Wilcox
Drawings and descriptions of 500 years of fashion in North America. Local fashions, Native American clothing, and American designers are covered.
Folk and Festival Costumes of the World by R. Turner Wilcox
Great for delving into quaint little hamlets of the 1800s, and the discussion of each country's background (some of which don't exist anymore) is also useful.
The Mode in Costume by R. Turner Wilcox
Huge book of drawings and discussions broken down by era. Practically every professional costumer has this book on his or her resource shelf.
The Mode in Footwear by R. Turner Wilcox
Want to know what was the height of shoe fashion in Paris at the turn of the century or what the average Londoner had on her feet in 1860? It's in there.
The Mode in Furs by R. Turner Wilcox
There are 257 pages discussing the use of fur in fashion up through the 1940s. Hey, in fanfic, you don't have to kill an animal to have Drusilla wear fur.
The Mode in Hats and Headress by R. Turner Wilcox
Over 300 pages of illustrations and discussions of hats and hairstyles of men and women up to the mid-twentieth century.
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester
The true story of the homicidal maniac who helped create the dictionary. A close look inside a Victorian lunatic asylum, though certainly not for the squeamish.
Five Seasons of Angel edited by Glenn Yeffeth
An in-depth analysis of the entire series, with many essays on vampire behavior. Drusilla gets mentioned several times.
Seven Seasons of Buffy by Glenn Yeffeth
The counterpart to the previous book, again delving into the series with essays on a variety of topics.
* R. Turner Wilcox is the absolute queen when it comes to books on costume, and I'm listing all seven of her books because they frankly are the best resources out there, though many are extremely rare and often expensive. Her line drawings are
incredibly helpful and clear, and her material is painstakingly and lovingly researched. She wrote in the 1950s through 1960s, so don't expect fashion later than then to be discussed. Addendum, 6-30-08, Wilcox's books are in the midst of being
re-released in paperback! The last two volumes to be redone (Headress and Shoes) are scheduled for November 2008, according to Amazon.com.