May 23, 2022

Digitization: Center for Research Libraries (CRL) Completes American Periodicals Collection

From Center for Research Libraries:

Scholars of American history and culture now have an important online resource available:  American Periodicals from the Center for Research Libraries (APCRL), a digital collection of 375 popular and trade journals from the CRL collections.

Digitized in collaboration with ProQuest, APCRL provides a window into everyday America from the 1850s to the 1920s, when economic and cultural forces converged to create a complex modern society.


The popular magazines included in APCRL provide insights into significant social and cultural changes at the turn of the century. Articles on amateur portrait and nature photography, the ideal features of domestic architecture, or outdoor winter recreation suggest a growth in leisure activities. Specialized titles for a number of political and lifestyle movements include Vegetarian Magazine, Woman’s Protest against Woman Suffrage, The Theosophical Path, and Physical Culture.

CRL undertook the American Periodicals digitization project to provide electronic access to materials that have seen increasing use in recent years, and to protect the fragile originals from harm or loss through handling and use. The University of Pennsylvania filled some significant gaps in CRL holdings. All of the journals digitized are also available in digital format to CRL libraries through electronic interlibrary loan from CRL.

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