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  • Full texts of magazines and newspapers on the web:  multiple titles
  • Women Periodical Readers, Writers, and Editors
  • Children’s and School Periodicals
  • Activist, Radical, and Alternative Periodicals
  • Regional Newspapers and Magazines
  • African American Press
  • Native American Press
  • Periodicals Outside the Continental U.S.
  • Zines and Amateur Periodicals and Newsletters
  • Small Press and Literary Periodicals
  • Profession- and Trade-Related Periodicals
  • Religious and Atheist Periodicals
  • Government and Military
  • Magazine Art and Artists
  • Comics
  • Resources for Research and Teaching
  • Indexes: Locating Stories and Articles
  • Journalism
  • Civil War Periodicals 
  • Decades
  • Commercial Archives and Resources Offering Limited Free Access
  • Pulps 
  • Advertising  
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  • Media critiques and analysis
  • Full texts of magazines and newspapers on the web: 
    Sites offering free public access  to many 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 many 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. Partial list of serial titles not included in Making of America:    
        Boxoffice Magazine (partial)
        Congressional Record by United States Congress (partial)
        The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States (partial)
        The Early America Review (full)
        The Equinox (partial)
        Eye Weekly (partial)
        First Things (partial)
        Forerunner (partial: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, editor)
        Home Economist (full)
        Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States  (partial)
        Journal of the Senate of the United States of America (partial)   

        Mother Jones (partial)
        Peace and Conflict Studies (partial)
        Philosophy of Education Yearbook (partial) 
        Reason (partial)
       Salon Magazine (full)
        San Francisco Chronicle (partial)
        San Francisco Examiner (partial)
         Sparks (partial)
        Time (partial)
        The William and Mary Quarterly (partial)
        Wired (full)

    Contemporary magazines’ website links from Galactic Central.

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

    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.

     Women Periodical Readers, Writers, and Editors

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

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

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

    Woman’s Era: African American clubwomen’s newspaper, edited by Josephine St. P. Ruffin, and Florida R. Ridley. Emory’s Women Writers Resource Project has Vol 1, 1894, not in original format. Fwomen_writers%2Fdata%2Fera.sgm

    Home Economics Archive Tradition History (HEARTH) offers free Internet access to the full
    text of  seven journal runs and over 1,500 books: Journals are:
       American Food Journal (1906 - 1928)
         Bulletin of the American Home Economics Association (1914 - 1942)
        The Child (1936 - 1953)
        Child Development (1930 - 1963)
        Children  (1954 - 1971)
        The Home Economist (1927 - 1928)
        Journal of Home Economics (1909 - 1980)

    Harper's Bazar
    Small selection of articles, illustrations, and fashionplates from Harper’s Bazar of the 19th century.

    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.

    Gender and Editing: special issue of online magazine, Chain, mainly on small press magazines.

    Gender and Avant-Garde Editing: Comparing the 1920s with the 1990s, Article:
    by Lynn Keller and Cristanne Miller

    Lowell Offering:
    A New England Girlhood
    by Lucy Larcom, contributor to The Lowell Offering, has a chapter on Mill Girls’ Magazines:
    A small number of articles from The Lowell Offering from Dierdre Johnson's syllabus
    Another small selection of articles from The Lowell Offering from the Berwick Academy
    1889 article from the New England Magazine about the Lowell Offering from Jim Zwick's site:

    Biographies of Women in Journalism

    Eighty Years and More by Elizabeth Cady Stanton has a chapter on editing the suffrage paper.

    Women and Literary Publishing in North Carolina
    Brief history of women’s involvement in book and literary periodical publishing in NC.

    Wives, Waifs, and Wantons: Imagining Women in the Philly Pictorials
    Content analysis of images that appeared in Philadelphia pictorials of the 1840s and 50s:
    Graham’s and Sartain’s Union, by Cynthia Patterson.

    Chapter on Willa Cather's editing work at McClure's
    from James Woodress, Willa Cather: A Literary Life's.htm

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

    “The History of Women's Magazines: Magazines as Virtual Communities.”  Paper by student Tracy Seneca

    Children’s and School Periodicals

    19th Century Children and What They Read
    The expanding site contains many individual stories and full issues of Parley's Magazine, Robert Merry's Museum, Woodworth's Youth's Cabinet, and The Youth's Companion, not in original formatting.

    Boys Life: The Boy  Scouts' Magazine
    Site contains  author and title index for material in scouting magazine begun in 1911, and many scanned issues.

    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.

    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 on 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 issues in which the poems appeared.
    Horatio Alger Digital Repository: Stories.
    Stories from mail order papers dime magazines, and other periodical sources. Formatting is not preserved, but detailed publication information is provided. Northern Illinois U. Libraries.

    Campus Newspapers on the Internet
    List maintained by Yahoo. /

    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.

    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)

    Activist, Radical, and Alternative Periodicals

    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
    This site is no longer on the web, but can in part be accessed via the Waybackmarchine: periodicals.html

    Syndicated material from the current alternative press, run by the Independent Media Institute.

    The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives  Our Own Voices: Lesbian and Gay Periodicals
    1890s-2000s: bibliography of print materials.

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

    The Avatar
    Tables of contents, covers, and some articles from cult underground press periodical published in Boston 1967-1968.

    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.

    Regional and Historical Newspapers and Magazines

    Brooklyn Daily Eagle
    Searchable full text from October 26, 1841 to December 31, 1902, is now on line; the
    remaining half is still to come, courtesy of the Brooklyn Public Library.

    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.  

    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.

    U.S. News Archives on the Web
    Tables of newspapers, some searchable extending back varying periods, but mostly only recent; some providing articles free or for a fee. maintained by volunteers of the Special Libraries Association News Division.

    Newspaper Abstracts
    Ad hoc selection of portions of pre-1930 scanned newspapers from around the US, intended for geneological research.

    Links on newspaper history, including specific US states, and Great Britain.

    Florida Newspaper Article Database, 1762 -1885
    Approximately 1500 articles about Florida from non-Florida newspapers, courtesy of the
    University of Florida libraries.

    History of newspaper publishing in Florida

    African American Press

    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.

    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.

    The Baptist, The National Baptist magazine, The Zion Methodist: African American magazines 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 abolitionist writing. All 103 issues of Freedom's Journal have been digitized and put into Adobe Acrobat format.

    Woman’s Era: African American clubwomen’s newspaper, edited by Josephine St. P. Ruffin, and Florida R. Ridley. Emory’s Women Writers Resource Project has Vol 1, 1894, not in original format. Fwomen_writers%2Fdata%2Fera.sgm

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

    Blacklight African American gay/lesbian magazine online site includes several issues from the
    late 1970s.

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

    Short article on African American Newspapers in Kansas
    From the Kansas State Historical Society.

     Native American Press

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

    Periodicals Outside the Continental U.S.

    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)

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

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

    Forget Me Not
    Hypertextual archive of the early British “literary annual,”which ran 1823-1847, created by
    Katherine Harris. Includes information on other British annuals.

    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.

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

    The Austrian National Library virtual newspaper reading room:
    ANNO - AustriaN Newspapers Online offers more than 350,000 pages of
    historical Habsburg monarchy newspapers from 1780-1938.

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

    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.

    Women’s Magazines of the 1920's, 1930's, and 1940's (British)
    Covers and advertising from popular women’s periodicals, from Steve Johnson, Cyberheritage.

    The Comparative Development of Newspapers in New Zealand and the United States in the
    Nineteenth Century, article by Jeb Byrne in American Studies International.

    Zines, Amateur Periodicals, and Newsletters

    Camp Harmony News-Letter
    Newsletter from a Japanese-American Internment Camp, 1942

    Camp Newspapers: Civilian Conservation Corps
    “Heralds in New Deal America: Camp Newspapers of the Civilian Conservation Corps” article by Alfred Emile Cornebise in Media History Monographs.

    Zines and Journals on the Internet

    list from Voice of the Shuttle site

    Zine Resource Center
    Small Press and Literary Periodicals 

    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).

    “Idiom: A Story of Anti-Production, or The Triumph of Sloth” article by Pamela Lu on
    publishing an avant-garde magazine in the 1990s, from How, an online magazine.

    Gender and Editing: special issue of online magazine, Chain, mainly on small press magazines.

    Profession- and Trade-Related Periodicals

    Scientific American Online: several volumes from the 1840s American/

    Law journals on the web

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

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

    Religious and Atheist Periodicals

    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, The National Baptist magazine, The Zion Methodist: African American magazines from the American Memory project of the Library of Congress.

    The Evening and the Morning Star
    Mormon monthly, 1834-34, succeeded by Latter Day Saints' Messenger and Advocate 1834-37-- full runs, formatting not preserved. On a site maintained by the Reorganized Latter Day Saints.

    The Occident and American Jewish Advocate
    Issues of Philadelphia Jewish monthly from 1843-1850; full text, formatting is not preserved.

    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.

    Temperance Periodicals in Ohio
    The American Patriot and the American Issue covers.

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

    Government and Military

    Stars and Stripes: US Army newspaper, published February 8, 1918, to June 13, 1919, in France.Complete seventy-one-week run of the newspaper's World War I edition, at Library of Congress American Memory Site.

    Magazine Art and Artists

    Magazine Art

    A free visual data base of magazine cover art of the 19th and 20th centuries. Also many other
    useful magazine links.

    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.

    Print Processes and Reproduction of Dime Novels
    A useful guide

    New Yorker Cartoons

    Thomas Nast

    Maxfield Parrish,_Maxfield/

    JC Leyendecker,_J._C./

    Jessie Wilcox Smith,_Jessie/

    The Punch Cartoon Page (British), a project put together by a Vassar history class, displays and explicates cartoons from Punch, a 19th century British illustrated comic journal.


    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.

    Platinum Age Comics Discussion Group
    Discusses the earliest international origins of comic books and strips. Searchable archive.

    Resources for Research and Teaching
    Periodicals Resources
    Professor Marcia Prior-Miller of the Greenlee School of Journalism at Iowa State University runs
    an extensive website of resources on magazines, including bibliographies of research on

    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), magazinenewspaper journalism, and magazine cover models (both 1940).

    How to Read a Mid-Nineteenth Century Newspaper

    Radio discussion:"The Magazine" on Chicago Public Radio show Odyssey. “Magazines have
    played a vibrant role in American cultural life, and shaped who we are and what we buy. How
    did magazines become what they are today?” Guests: Ellen Gruber Garvey of New Jersey City
    University and Richard Ohmann of Wesleyan University. Go to August 5, 2003 for the program.

    Magazine Art
    A free visual data base of magazine cover art of the 19th and 20th centuries. Also many other
    useful magazine 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.

    Early American newspapers:
    Article, "Copernicus at the Newsstand" by David Henkin.

    Indexes: Locating Stories and Articles

    Fiction Magazines
    A group of magazine indexes that allow you to look up stories and authors in popular and genre
    magazines generally not included in the Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature. These
    noncomprehensive listings are compiled by volunteers

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

    Copyright Registry
    Another way to find stories: look them up by copyright registration. US Catalog of Copyright entries.

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

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

    Media History Monographs
    MHM is a quarterly online journal devoted to publishing scholarly journalism and mass communication history works.

    Journalism History Bibliography of Online Resources
    Extensive bibliography of online and print resources on range of issues. Compiled by Poynter Online.

    Ray Stannard Baker
    Site on Progressive-era muckraking journalist.

    Article on editing Everybody’s (1910)
    by John O`Hara Cosgrave, J. Jerome Nordman and Brand Whitlock english/modeng/parsed&tag=public&part=all

    Civil War Periodicals

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

    Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents

    Vols. 1-12 and indexes. This is a compilation drawn from Northern and Southern newspapers during the Civil War. An extraordinary resource from Perseus, at Tufts U., but searching it is cumbersome. Scroll down to Rebellion Record

    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.

    1930s Magazines
    Site on the 1930s explores Vanity Fair, New Yorker, Fortune, and others.

    Commercial Archives and Resources Offering Limited Free Access
    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.

    Serials Master File
    Subscription database shows the history of a journal, where it is indexed and the years covered in 81 commercial indexes. Short trial subscription available.

    Paper of Record
    Aims to be a searchable digital archive of historal newspapers, so far with limited runs and limited search capabilites.

    Pulp magazines

    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.

    My Queen: A Weekly Journal for Young Women, 1900-1901
    Bibliography of selected stories with cover images by Lurana Sheldon under the pseudonym
    Grace Shirley from this Street and Smith pulp, on Dierdre Johnson girls' series website.
    A full story from issue #3

    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.

    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.

    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.

    George P. Rowell’s American Newspaper Directory: lists of newspapers and periodicals issued by early ad agency. 1869. Scroll down to George P. Rowell.

    Women’s Magazines of the 1920's, 1930's, and 1940's (British)
    Covers and advertising from popular women’s periodicals, from Steve Johnson, Cyberheritage.

    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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