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Resources for Research: Periodicals
  • Full texts of magazines and newspapers on the web:  multiple titles
  • 18th, 19th and 20th century magazines and newspapers on the web: 
  • single titles
  • Current 20th and 21st  century  online magazines and newspapers: multiple titles
  • Web projects using or discussing periodicals
  •      Children's magazines
  •     1960s-70s Underground/alternative press
  •     Comics   
  •     Pulps
  •     Advertising
  • Related organizations
  • Periodical publishing associations
  • Media critiques and analysis
  • Full texts of magazines and newspapers on the web: 
    Sites offering free public access  to multiple titles
    The Cornell University Library Making of America (MOA) Collection is a searchable digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through Reconstruction, particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. Among the materials on this site are these magazines: 
    American Missionary (1878 - 1901)
    American Whig Review (1845 - 1852)
    The Atlantic Monthly (1857 - 1901)
    Bay State Monthly (1884 - 1886)
    Century (1881 - 1899)
    The Continental Monthly (1862 - 1864)
    Galaxy (May, 1866 - January, 1878)
    Harpers New Monthly Magazine (December, 1889 - November, 1896)
    International Monthly Magazine (July, 1850 - April, 1852)
    Littell's Living Age (1844 - 1900)
    Manufacturer and Builder (January, 1869 - December, 1894)
    New-England Magazine (1831 - 1835)
    New England Magazine (1887 - 1900)
    New Englander (1843 - 1892)
    North American Review (1815 - 1900)
    The Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies (1861 - 1865)
    The Old Guard (1863 - 1865)
    Punchinello (July, 1870 - December, 1870)
    Putnam's Monthly (1853 - 1870)
    Scientific American (September, 1846 - September, 1850)
    Scribner's Magazine (January, 1887 - June, 1896)
    Scribner's Monthly (November, 1870 - October, 1881)
    The United States Magazine, and Democratic Review (October, 1837 - October, 1859)
    The War of the Rebellion (1880 - 1901)

    University of Michigan Making of America (MOA) Collection is a searchable digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through Reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. Among the approximately 50,000 journal articles on the site are these magazines: 
    Appleton's 1869-1881 (2 series)
    Catholic World 1865-1901
    DeBow's 1846-1869 + 1952 index (3 series)
    Garden and Forest 1888-1897 (from Library of Congress)
    Ladies Repository 1841-1876 (3 series)
    The Old Guard 1864
    Overland Monthly 1868-1900 (2 series)
    Princeton Review 1831-1882 (3 series)
    Southern Literary Messenger 1835-1864 + 1936 Contributor index
    Southern Quarterly Review 1842-1857 (3 series)
    Vanity Fair 1860-1862

    The On-Line Books Page at the University of Pennsylvania: Serials
    This page lists freely accessible archives of serials (such as magazines, journals, newspapers, and other periodicals). It includes links to the titles in the Making of America sites, but contains other titles as well. Those serial titles not included on the Making of America sites are: 
        AACAR Bulletin of the Association for the Advancement of Central Asian Research    (partial serial archives)
        The American Economic Review (partial serial archives)
         The American Monastic Newsletter (partial serial archives)
        The American Political Science Review (partial serial archives)
        Annals of the Astronomical Observatory of Harvard College (partial serial archives)
        Annals of the Astrophysical Observatory of the Smithsonian Institution (partial serial archives) 
        Bad Subjects (full serial archives)
        Boxoffice Magazine (partial serial archives)
        Bulletin of the Brookville Society of Natural History by Brookville Society of Natural
        History (full serial archives)
        Christian History (partial serial archives)
        Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society (partial serial archives)
        Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin  (partial serial archives)
        Compass, A Jesuit Journal (partial serial archives)
        Congressional Record by United States Congress (partial serial archives)
        The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States (partial serial archives)
        The Early America Review (full serial archives)
        The Equinox (partial serial archives)
        Eye Weekly (partial serial archives)
        First Things (partial serial archives)
        Handbook of Latin American Studies by Library of Congress (full serial archives)
        Issues in Science and Technology (partial serial archives)
        Journal of Abnormal Psychology (partial serial archives)
        Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States  (partial serial archives)
        Journal of the Senate of the United States of America (partial serial archives)
        Mother Jones (partial serial archives)
        Museum Notes: Information Sheets from the Newfoundland Museum (partial serial archives)
        Peace and Conflict Studies (partial serial archives)
        Philosophy of Education Yearbook (partial serial archives) 
        Reason (partial serial archives)
        Salon Magazine (full serial archives)
        San Francisco Chronicle (partial serial archives)
        San Francisco Examiner (partial serial archives)
        Sojourners (partial serial archives)
        Sparks (partial serial archives)
        Time (partial serial archives)
        The William and Mary Quarterly (partial serial archives)
        Wired (full serial archives)
        Yearbook: Supreme Court Historical Society  (partial serial archives)

    Anarchist publications from the late 19th and early 20th century, including covers of The Blast and full text of selected issues of 
    Freedom (British)
    Lucifer the Light Bearer
    Mother Earth
    Mother Earth Bulletin

    Internet Library of Early Journals (British) at Oxford University 
    Magazines include: 
    Annual Register (1758-78)
    Gentleman's Magazine (1731-50)
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (1757-77)
    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1843-52)
    Notes and Queries (1849-69)
    The Builder (1843-9)

    African American Experience in Ohio
    Material from selected African American weekly and monthly newspapers from the 19th century on. Site run by the Ohio Historical Society.

    Kansas Newspapers: Text from several issues of small town newspapers from the 1870s, 1880s, and 1920s in Kansas, typed out by a local history project.  

    America’s Chronicles from the National Newspaper Association (NNA): digital archive of
    American community newspapers of 300 years. In the works.
    Full texts of 18th, 19th and 20th  Century Magazines 
    on the Web Offering Free Public Access: Single Titles
    The A.M.E. Church Review
    Quarterly. Published by the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Arguably the earliest published African-American journal. Some issues from 1890-1913.

    The Baptist
    African American magazine circa 1897, from the American Memory project of the Library of Congress.

    Freedom's Journal
    The first African-American owned and operated newspaper published in the U.S, appearing weekly in New York City, 1827-1829. The Journal published David Walker’s Appeal, and other abolitionist writing. All 103 issues of the Freedom's Journal have been digitized and placed into Adobe Acrobat format.

    Godey's Lady's Book Online
    several issues from 1850:
    Several issues from 1852 and 1855, courtesy of Hope Greenberg:

    The Green Bag: A Useless But Entertaining Magazine for Lawyers
    Boston, Horace W. Fuller,ed. The Women’s Legal History Biography Project website contains vol. 2, 1890.

    Harlem: Mecca of the New Negro: A Hypermedia Edition of the March 1925 Survey Graphic Harlem Number

    Harper’s Weekly
    Although this site is primarily for subscriber-only, paid access to the articles and graphics of Harper’s Weekly, it offers free access to various other features through its Nineteenth Century World pages.

    A selection of articles on fashion from Frank Leslie’s (1864), Ladies’ Home Journal (1893-95), and McCalls (1908)

    The Keepsake for 1829 (British) 
    One issue of a prominent 19th century English literary annual.

    The Magpie Sings the Great Depression: Selections from DeWitt Clinton High School's literary
    magazine, 1929-1941, Bronx, NY. This magazine is from one of the largest high schools of the
    era, and published work by James Baldwin, Paddy Chayefsky, and Richard Avedon.

    The Penny Magazine of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (British). Several issues of this popular illustrated mid-nineteenth century English weekly.

    Prison Times: Handwritten newspaper by Confederate soldiers held at Fort Delaware
    on the Library of Congress American Memory site.
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    The Ram's Horn: An Interdenominational Social Gospel Magazine
    The Ram's Horn was published in Chicago, Illinois during the 1890s and the early twentieth century. The site consists of summaries of the magazine’s positions and editorial cartoons by its chief illustrator, Frank Beard.

    Repertorio histórico de Puerto Rico
    Published in Puerto Rico, from 1896-97 by Cayetano Coll y Toste. From the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress.

    Scientific American Online: several volumes from the 1840s

    The Woman’s Advocate 1869-1870, New York. Full text, but not in original format. 
    Somewhat searchable. From Emory’s Women Writers Resource Project.

    Full texts of current 20th and 21st century magazines and newspapers on the web offering free public access: multiple titles
    Syndicated material from the current alternative press, run by the Independent Media Institute.

    Campus Newspapers on the Internet
    List maintained by Yahoo. /

    Contemporary magazines’ website links from Galactic Central.

    Farmland Information Library 
    Farming and Agriculture magazines online.

    The Modernist Journals Project (British)
    MPJ is scanning and making available online periodicals important to modernism. So far, two English journals are available: The New Age (London, 1907-1922), a weekly review of politics, arts, and letters, and Ciné-Tracts   (1977-1982).

    Native American Periodicals 
    From the Index of Native American Media Resources on the Internet.

    News & Periodical Resources on the Web
    Resource list maintained by the Library of Congress

    Links to newspapers, magazines and jobs listings in journalism, courtesy of the
    American Journalism Review

    A listing of web-based scholarly journals that offer access to English language article files without requiring user registration or fees. List maintained by the University of Houston Libraries.

    Online editions of current secular/humanist/freethinking/atheist magazines

    US Government Periodicals online

    UNESCO Social Science Online Periodicals 
    International list of over 190 periodicals specialized in social sciences with online access.

    Zines and literary magazines on the Internet
    list from Voice of the Shuttle site 
    Web projects using or discussing periodicals 
    Art for Industry's Sake: David Clayton Phillips 1996 dissertation, “Halftone Technology, Mass Photography and the Social Transformation of American Print Culture, 1880-1920.” It includes a substantial chapter on The Ten-Cent Magazine Revolution, and much information on half-tone photography in relation to periodicals.

    Covers of Selected African American Magazines
    Covers of the periodicals discussed in African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: A National Bibliography

    Films: The Prelinger Archive is a trove of “ephemeral” films -- advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur films -- available for free downloading from the Web. Of special interest to magazine researchers: films on McCalls readers (1935), on Redbook readers (1957), magazine and newspaper journalism, and magazine cover models (both 1940).

    Fiction Magazines: A broad but ad hoc compilation of tables of contents of magazines which
    carried fiction, gathered by members of the FICTIONMAGS mailing list.

    Galactic Central: Resources include links to contemporary magazines, checklists of magazine
    authors’ work, and information on bibliographies, with special attention to pulp magazines.

    How to Read a Mid-Nineteenth Century Newspaper

    The record of the Leslie Suffrage Commission, 1917-1929
    Story of Miriam Florence Follin Leslie, wife of Frank Leslie, and benefactor to the women’s suffrage movement, from the Library of Congress American Memory project.

    New Yorker Cartoons

    Web Sites for the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. This site contains some newspapers.

    19th Century Newspapers  from the Valley of the Shadow project.  
    Four searchable newspapers from 1850s and 60s Pennsylvania and Virginia newspapers from
    Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania linked to suggestions for use in
    high school projects. Specifying time period will lead you to the newspaper links.

    This commercial website selling old magazines contains cover pictures and brief essays on the
    histories of several 19th century US magazines not now well known.

    The Punch Cartoon Page (British), a project put together by a history class at Vassar, displays and explicates cartoons from Punch magazine, a popular British
    illustrated comic journal of the mid-nineteenth century.

    An Uncommon Scold: Anne Newport Royall (1769-1854), editor of Paul Pry. Talk by Cynthia Earman on the Library of Congress site.

    Science in the 19th Century Periodical (British) 
    This project plans to identify and analyze representation of science, technology and medicine in the general periodical press in Britain between 1800 and 1900. They provide summary indexes of the articles rather than the scanned articles themselves. Covers of some magazines on line.

    Secession Era Editorials Project
    When complete this South Carolina project will have at least one complete run of editorials from each major political party in each state of the Union commenting on four events: Nebraska, Dred Scott, Harper's Ferry, and the attack on Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner by South Carolina representative Preston Brooks.

    The Spectator (British)
    Addison and Steele's Spectator and Tatler on line.

    Victorian Periodicals and the Empire: Imperial Views, Colonial Subjects.(British)
    Images from a 1999 exhibition at Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University.

    Women and Literary Publishing in North Carolina
    Brief history of women’s involvement in book and literary periodical publishing in NC.
    Web projects: Children's Magazines
    Girls’ Magazines study (British). Nina Robinson, "'An Easy Read?' : A Study of the Role Girls' Magazines Play in their Reader's Everyday Life." In The International Journal of Urban Labour and Leisure, 1(1)

    The Girl's Own Paper Index (British)
    Index of stories and non-fiction articles from the Girl's Own Paper 1880 to 1941 (Volumes 1 to 62).  

    19th Century Children and What They Read
    The page contains many individual stories from Parley's Magazine, Robert Merry's Museum, Woodworth's Youth's Cabinet, and The Youth's Companion, though not the full issues or the original formatting.

    St. Nicholas tribute: Information and links on the children’s magazine.

    St. Nicholas:
    Children's Periodicals ... and the Influence of Mary Mapes Dodge. Contains some images and selections from St. Nicholas , along with a brief essay on children’s periodicals. 
    Part of the The Online Archive of Nineteenth-Century U.S. Women's Writings from Bucknell University.

    Youth’s Companion
    This site is primarily concerned with the Emily Dickinson poems published in The Youth’s Companion in the 1890s. Along with facsimiles of those poems and other material from the magazine, 
    it contains an introduction to the YC and annotated tables of contents from the issues in which the poems appeared.
    Web projects:  1960s-70s Underground/Alternative press
    The Avatar
    Tables of contents, covers, and some articles from cult underground press periodical published in Boston 1967-1968.

    High school press of the 1970s --article.  Site also has magazine New Youth Connections , currently written by New York high school students and a magazine by and for children in the foster care system.

    A Youth in the Youth Culture by Steve Heller: Article about selling drawings to NY underground papers in the late 1960s.

    Pre-1960s Alternative press:George Seldes and the American Press
    Site promoting a film on Seldes has transcriptions of his journalism and links to articles on the alternative press in the US.
    Web projects: Comics

    Comic Books
    Bibliography of scholarly and other research on comic books.

    The Yellow Kid
    The R. F. Outcault Society site, honoring the creator of The Yellow Kid, an early comic strip in the New York World in the 1890s.
    Web Projects: Pulp magazines

    Doc Savage:Pulp magazine covers.

    Mystery Short Fiction: 1990-2000. The site aims to list all mystery short
    fiction published in English since 1990, and includes tables of contents of mystery magazines.

    SF Bibliographies: Galactic Central. A list of SF/fantasy/horror magazines and pulps plus a list of all known bibliographies that index one or more of these magazines.

    The Shadow Magazine: over 100 issues published in the 1930s and 1940s, in zipped text format.

    Suspense stories from The Shadow Magazine , in PDF format (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).

    Weird Tales: The Unique Magazine - a view of the first 30 years of this pulp publication, with information on the contributing writers, a gallery and cover art, and bibliography.

    Web projects:  Magazine Advertising

    The Ad*Access Project of the Duke University Libraries, presents images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955.  It concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II, providing a coherent view of a number of major campaigns and companies.

    Ad Flip: Online free archive of print ads, from the 1940s on, indexed by decades and categories. Source information is uneven.

    1927 Advertising Survey
    An analysis of over 3,000,000 inquiries received by 98 firms from 2,339 magazine advertisements, by Daniel Starch, 1927. From the Library of Congress American Memory site.

    Gaslight Advertising Archives, Inc. is a commercial service that maintains a large collection of authentic magazine advertisements from the 1880s on.

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