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The American Antiquarian Society's Historical Periodicals Collection contains more than 6,500 historical periodical titles dating from 1693 to 1877. There is a series of 5 separate collections, searchable through 5 separate databases accessible on Speed Library's Databases page. The databases are searchable just like any other EBSCO database, and even have an image search feature!
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Presents over 500 titles from 1691 to 1820 representing over two centuries of print culture from early colonial imports to titles published on American soil during the Revolution and early republic. The subject matter covered in Series 1 is broad in scope and covers all aspects of American society during this time period.
Offers over 1,000 titles dating from 1821 to 1837. The subject matter covered in Series 2 represents the Jacksonian Democracy era in history and is broad in scope and includes agriculture, entertainment, history, literary criticism, and politics.
Presents over 1,800 titles dating from 1838 to 1852. Themes presented in Series 3 reveal a rapidly growing young nation, where industrialization, the railroads, regional political differences, and life on the western frontier were daily realities. Subjects covered in the collection reach into every facet of American life, including science, literature, medicine, agriculture, women’s fashion, family life, and religion.
Offers over 1,100 titles dating from 1853 to 1865. While the Civil War is a focal point of the collection, we also find a diverse record of the continuance of daily life for many Americans—both leading up to and during the war. In Series 4, news from the battlefront can be found, in addition to the usual breadth of subject matter found in previous collections that include science, literature, medicine, agriculture, women’s fashion, family life, and religion.
Presents over 2,500 titles dating from 1866 to 1877. Themes presented in Series 5 reflect a nation that persevered through a most difficult set of circumstances: a bloody civil war that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives; the incorporation of the recently-freed African Americans into American life; a population that rapidly expanded into the Western territories. Broad subject areas covered in the collection reach into every facet of American life, including science, literature, medicine, agriculture, women’s fashion, family life, and religion.
Information found in the AAS Historical Periodicals Collection will be extremely useful for students and faculty in the History department, as well as those in English, Political Science, as well as other fields concerned with the history of their discipline.
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