American Mass Market Magazines. New York: Greenwood Press, 1990.
(Olin Reference PN 4877 .A51)
One title in an extensive series of collections of historical essays on individual magazine and journal titles published by Greenwood. There are 26 other titles in this series, Historical Guides to the World's Magazines and Newspapers.
Magazines for Libraries. New York: Bowker, 1969 to date.
(Latest edition shelved behind the Olin Reference desk. Earlier editions: Uris Stacks Oversize Z 6941 .K21 +).
Now published annually, this title brings the Greenwood series (above) and Luther Mott's five-volume history (below) into the present with individual entries on magazine and newspaper titles recommended for U.S. libraries. Earlier editions act as a historical reference that updates the Greenwood Press titles and Mott. Over six-thousand entries in Magazines for Libraries include scholarly journal titles in addition to popular and trade magazines and a section on newspapers.
Mott, Frank Luther. A History of American Magazines. 5 volumes. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1938-1968.
(Olin Reference PN 4877 .M92)
[v. 1] 1741-1850.
v. 2, 1850-1865.
v. 3, 1865-1885.
v. 4, 1885-1905.
v. 5, Sketches of 21 magazines, 1905-1930, and a cumulative index to all five volumes.
The original project that set the standard for future thumbnail histories of U.S. magazines such as the Greenwood series above.
The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011- .
(Uris Stacks--Oversize A.D. White Z 323 .O94 2011 +)
v. 1. Cheap print in Britain and Ireland to 1660 / edited by Joad Raymond. (2011)
v. 6. US popular print culture 1860-1920 / edited by Christine Bold. (2012)
Schwarzlose, Richard A. Newspapers: A Reference Guide. New York: Greenwood, 1987. (Olin Reference Z 6951 .S35x 1987)
Though not a source of title-by-title essays, Schwarzlose is an excellent background reference on the history and development of newspapers in the U.S.