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American Periodicals Series Online (APS)

This unique and valuable collection includes digitized images of the pages of over 1,000 American magazines and journals published from colonial days to the dawn of the 20th century. Titles include general magazines and miscellanies, scientific and medical journals, popular and literary publications, women's and children's magazines, regional and niche publications and more. Bibliographic information from 7.3 million APS articles published between 1770 and 1919 is now available in C19 Index, bringing together millions of of magazine and journal articles from APS, Periodicals Index Online and the Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals.

Results from APS are displayed in the 'Periodicals' section on the Search Results display. Users who have access to APS will be able to link to full text articles in that resource, or use the references to find articles in the library's print or microfilm holdings.

Some of the titles from APS that are indexed in C19 Index include:

More About American Periodicals Series Online

American Periodicals Series Online chronicles the development of America across 200 years. The journals in this collection cover three broad periods:

89 journals published between 1740 and 1800 offer insights into America's transition from a British colony to an independent nation. The journals support research for a range of academic fields. Titles include "Massachusetts Magazine," which published America's first short stories, and Thomas Paine's "Pennsylvania Magazine," which reported on inventions. One of the first mass printings of the Declaration of Independence, a letter by George Washington on the crucial Battle of Trenton, and the thoughts of Benjamin Franklin are among the highlights of content from this period.

More than 900 titles from the first 60 years of the nineteenth century showcase "the golden age of American periodicals." General interest magazines, children's publications, and more than 20 journals for women are among the historically-significant content that also includes the serialization of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin in "National Era. " Like most great literary works of the nineteenth century, this piece first appeared in a magazine. Also available are hard-to-find materials, such as Edgar Allan Poe's contributions to the "Southern Literary Messenger, " as well as the first appearances of Nathaniel Hawthorne's stories in "New England Magazine, " and Margaret Fuller's contributions to the "Dial. "

118 periodicals published during the Civil War (1861-1865) and Reconstruction (1865-1877) eras reflect the nation in turmoil and growth, and titles from the 1880s through 1900 capture the settling of the West and the emergence of modern America. Early professional journals, including "Publications of the American Economic Association" and "American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Proceedings, " popular titles such as "Scribner's Monthly" and "Lippincott's" issued by publishing houses, celebrations of Americana in "Ladies' Home Journal, " thoroughly-researched investigative journalism in "McClure's, " and the incisive political and social commentary of "Puck" illustrate the variety of the American experience.


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