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Historical Periodicals

This page lists resources for identifying articles published before the 1980ís, with an emphasis on general interest, non-scholarly materials. You will find here online newspapers as well as databases with significant coverage of general interest periodicals. Specialized subject databases with historical coverage may be found by consulting the guides under Resources by Subject. For information about Brown's holdings of newspapers in microform and public digital projects of historical newspapers, the Resource Guide for American History

Subscription Databases:

APS Online  full text icon  
1740-1940; the American Periodicals database indexes periodicals from that time period, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines and many other historically-significant periodicals.

Ethnic NewsWatch and ENW: A History  full text icon  
1980-present; Ethnic NewsWatch is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish) and comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press beginning in 1990. ENW: A History covers the years 1960-1989. The experiences and contributions of African Americans, Hispanics, Native Peoples, Asian Americans, European Americans, Jewish Americans and Arab Americans illuminate three critical decades in U.S. and world history.

Nineteenth (19th) Century U.S. Newspapers  full text icon  
Provides access to approximately 1.5 million pages of primary source newspaper content from the 19th century, featuring full text content and images from numerous newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions throughout the U.S. The collection encompasses the entire 19th century, with an emphasis on such topics as the American Civil War, African-American culture and history, Western migration and Antebellum-era life among other subjects.

Readers' Guide Retrospective  
1890-1982; contains comprehensive indexing of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and reflects the history of 20th century America. See Readers Guide Abstracts for 1982 to present.

Times (London) Digital Archive  full text icon  
1795-1985; researchers can search through the complete digital edition of The Times (London), using keyword searching and hit-term highlighting to retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.

Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals 1824-1900
The Wellesley CD-ROM Index to Victorian Periodicals provides access to the printed sources of Victorian thought and opinion. While of prime interest to those studying literature, history, and Victorian life, the Wellesley Index also covers articles on politics, religion, economics, art, science, archaeology, and philosophy. (Available on Computer 2 in the Rockefeller computing cluster.) (Rockefeller Library)