A Few Magazines

Historical Archives

Some magazines have also digitized their archives and are making some or all of their content available, free of charge:

First, is that most venerable publication, Time magazine, which has a good search function, and provides the full text of their articles back to 1923 (no pictures, though), all absolutely free.

The Atlantic monthly magazine recently made it’s online archives available without subscription, going back to 1995, with select articles dating back to 1857…use the Premium Archives for full text searching, though.

I’ll also mention vintage copies of Life magazine even though you can only search an index of articles, rather than the full text…if you want the article, you have to buy an actual paper issue of the magazine.

The Nation has made its entire collection of politically-oriented content available back to its first issue in July 1865. It’s free to search, but you have to pay for the full articles.

The collection at OldMagazineArticles.com is not terribly extensive, but is well targeted to vintage magazine items of historical and cultural interest, and is worth a look.

The Jewish Chronicle archives collection covers the entire history of this publication, from 1841 to the present. Searching is free, but you’ll have to pay to retrieve articles.

Carrier Addresses from the 1800’s, have to be seen to be appreciated, but in brief, they are wordy new year’s poems distrubuted by the newspaper carriers in the hopes of a tip.

Six 18th and 19th century British (England and Scotland) publications are online, covering roughly 1750-1850. This is a cool collection, and includes the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (see illustration, below).

An unusual collection from Georgia State University covers a century of the Union movement and labor organization, and includes magazine, journal and newspaper archives from the IAMAW — International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, 1899-1994

Harper’s Weekly Journal, and Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, ca late 1800’s, from the Louisiana Digital Library. The collection seems to be several hundred images, without article text.

Crime Magazine. The True Crime Library is a complete resource for news, stories and magazines about non fictional crimes.

NewspaperArchive, a subscription service, offers offers incredible content from hundreds of newspapers spanning three centuries of local, national and world events.

The Media History Digital Library has a pretty impressive collection of magazines covering film, television and radio, from 1903-1995. There’s over 100 magazines here, from American Cinematographer to World Film News and Television Progress, and an awful lot in between.

The Spectator, 1828-2008. This conservative British publication bills itself as “The oldest continuously published magazine in the English language…” and so it is. A rich trove of UK history.

New! Old Magazine Articles. A very nice collection of, well, old magazine articles, arranged by topic.

Here are More Free Archive Lists to Check Out

Google News Archives Too Good to Miss US State and Local
Europe Other International Magazine Archives
College Newspapers Free Magazines


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