American Periodicals Series Online chronicles the development of America across 200 years. Titles range from Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine and America's first scientific journal, Medical Repository, to popular magazines such as Vanity Fair and Ladies' Home Journal. Regional and niche publications are also included. The journals in this collection cover three broad periods:
American Periodicals from the Center for Research Libraries builds on the coverage of American Periodicals Series Online by offering access to publications that focus on additional geographical regions and topics. The key areas covered by these publications include labor, trade, literature, science, photography, and the women’s movement.
This collection offers full-color scans of original printed publications archived at the Center from Research Libraries (CRL). It spans the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and makes available the full runs of hundreds of periodicals.
Major trade titles range from those that reflected the norms and conventions of their age, such as the American Annual of Photography, to vehicles for innovation, like The Craftsman, through which Gustav Stickley popularized the Arts and Crafts style of architecture. Influential political periodicals include Free Russia, the first anti-Tsarist journal in the English-language. Notable literary magazines also feature, such as Hampton’s Magazine, which published work by, among others, Jack London and P. G. Wodehouse and whose editors included Theodore Dreiser.
Because American Periodicals contains digitized images of periodical pages, researchers can see all of the original typography, drawings, graphic elements, and article layouts exactly as they were originally published.