Last week Fred Michaelson asked about web sites for searching old magazines.
David Ganz writes:
The New York Times site has issues from 1854 to date (subscription), but members of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BUCKLES) have free access.
Ron Ward writes:
The reference Fred is seeking is: "Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature", H.W. Wilson Co., which has been published since the early 1900s. It covers articles from about 400 popular magazines which are listed by author and subject matter. It is published monthly and the issues are combined into a yearly volume.
In Montgomery Co., MD, a complete set is available at the Montgomery Co. Regional Library in Rockville. I do not think an on-line version is available. Subscriptions are about $500.00 a year. There are other guides such as Index Medicus, Biological Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts, but I think these would be of little use. I do remember that Index Medicus had a section on Medical Numismatics.
Dave Ginsburg writes:
As long as "Old Magazines" means 19th century publications, I've found that Google has digitized bound volumes of publications such as Hunt's Merchants Magazine and many others (although given Google Books' "clunky" search mechanism, I usually have an easier time finding the available bound volumes at HathiTrust.
I also like to use the Making of America sections of the Cornell University and the University of Michigan library websites. They have such magazines as Harper's Monthly and The Democratic Review (Cornell) and DeBow's and Southern Quarterly Reviews (U of Michigan).
The last time I checked, several years ago, Harper's Weekly was still only available via CD, which was available for purchase.
I asked Dave for the URLs of these sites, and he replied: "I'm shocked and appalled that you don't have these links at your fingertips. I'll have to ask Roger Burdette to beat you savagely about the head and shoulders the next time he sees you." Well, Roger was kind to me at dinner Tuesday night. Dave wrote "I knew I forgot to ask Roger something this week!" Anyway, below are Dave's links and commentary. Thanks!
Making of America - Cornell
They have Harper's Monthly from June 1850 to May 1899.)
Making of America - University of Michigan
Hunt's Merchants' Magazine at HathiTrust
Click on "Catalog Record" to find additional volumes. Sometimes the quality of the scan varies by university source and some sources have different volumes; one should check all source universities, if necessary.
Niles' Weekly Register at HathiTrust
(same advice as above)
I'm sure that HathiTrust has a lot more periodicals than I've ever looked for. Finding them is sometimes a chore: for example, searching on "Niles' Register" didn't return the results that "Niles' Weekly Register" did. (I suppose it's barely possible that I'm as poor an Internet searcher as my wife, a trained researcher, claims.) Also, it's easy to download a .pdf file of an entire volume from Google Books, while one can only download .pdf files of individual pages from HathiTrust (and only 20 pages or so at a time).
By the way, the current Harper's Magazine website (
http://harpers.org/) has all archives for Harper's Monthly going back to June 1850, which is available to current Harper's subscribers. I looked very briefly, but didn't find a good source for Harper's Weekly.
I'll bet there are a ton of numismatic articles waiting to be found in these indices. Happy hunting, researchers!
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
QUERY: ARE THERE ANY SEARCH SITES FOR OLD MAGAZINES?
Wayne Homren, Editor
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