American Periodicals
APS Online spans over 1,500 titles and 7 million pages of content, from the first American magazines, published in 1741, to the World War II period-200 years of American history as recorded in magazines, journals, and newspapers.

British Periodicals
Offers searchable full text and facsimile page images for nearly 500 British periodicals published from the 17th through the early 20th centuries. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts and the social sciences. The complete title list and issue coverage is available on an Excel spreadsheet.

Internet Archive
The Internet Archive's ebook library contains digital copies of many general interest periodicals from the 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as pulp magazines such as Air Wonder Stories, Amazing Stories, and Weird Tales.

Making of America
Digital versions of selections from Cornell University Library’s collection. Features monograph volumes and journal articles published in the nineteenth century. Focuses on the major journal literature of the period (e.g., Harpers, The Atlantic Monthly, The Living Age), ranging from general interest publications to those with more targeted audiences such as agriculture. Links to the University of Michigan’s collection by the same title.

Popular culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975
This resource contains digitizations of popular culture collections from the U.S. and U.K. between 1950 to 1975. These original archival materials are from various libraries and archives. Topics include student protests, civil rights, consumerism, and the Vietnam War. The collection includes pamphlets, letters, government files, eye witness accounts, underground magazines, visual and video materials and ephemera and memorabilia. Part II contains additional material, such as music, press kits, mail order catalogues, advertising proofs, additional photos from the Mirrorpix archives, and documents on student unrest and the Troubles in Northern Ireland from the National Archives.

Google Books
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Title-specific Sources

Atlantic Monthly Archive
Searchable index to the magazine from November 1857 - Present. Full-text available. Some material is free, some is not. An alternative to MOA, which only covers up through 1901. Not a CUL resource.

An index to Harper’s weekly magazine with browsable full text of Harper’s weekly. Covers 1857-1912.

This link takes you to Google Books' "About This Magazine" page for Life. Scroll down a bit for the "Browse All Issues" section, which allows you to select individual issues. Use Google Books' Advanced search page to do specific keyword searches. Here is a brief (and somewhat informal) screencast you might find helpful in navigating this resource.


  • The FictionMags Index
    An index compiled by fans of the magazine fiction genre: "Particular emphases are on the “Gaslight” magazines of circa 1880-1914, the pulp magazines of the first half of the 20th century, the “Big Slick” magazines of the mid-20th century, the digest-sized magazines of the 1950s and 1960s — and any other areas of magazine publishing which have been important for fiction. Discussion may cover aspects of the publishing history of the magazines concerned, their editors and editorial policies, the authors they published, and so on.” Caveat: Much of this material originated in listings from online auction sites, where the main intent was not bibliographic accuracy. Individual magazine listings may be incomplete or contain typographical errors. [site]