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Historical Magazines - Digitized, Print, and Microfilm - (The Magazine Finder)

This guide provides an index of digitized historical magazines available via archives such as HathiTrust and Google Books as well as historical magazines found in print and microfilm format within the UNI Rod Library

How to find articles in magazines published between 1890 and 1928 --- Readers' Guide and Nineteenth Century Readers' Guide

Ladies' Home Journal 1889-1924                         








Atlantic Monthly 1857-1924






Harper's Weekly via HathiTrust

















The Independent (magazine) 1878-1924               












Colliers Magazine 1901-1924
















HathiTrust - Digital Archive of Magazines and Book          

Magazines published from 1890 to 1928, and digitized by university libraries (HathiTrust), the Internet Archive or Google (Google Books), are generally freely available to the public.


Lists of digitized magazines can be found on this website (Historical Magazines) and the extensive Serials page of the University of Pennsylvania Online Books project.


While it is possible to locate articles by browsing or searching these options, indexes of magazine articles - arranged by subject - were compiled during this time period by Poole's Index to Periodical Literature (1892-1906), the Nineteenth Century Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature (1890-1899), and a series of twentieth century indexes known as the Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature (1900-1924).


HathiTrust provides digitized copies of these indexes as follows:

Poole's Index to Periodical Literature (1892-1896)

Abbreviation guide to Poole's (1892-1896)

Poole's Index to Periodical Literature (1897-1901)

Abbreviation guide to Poole's (1897-1901)

Poole's Index to Periodical Literature (1902-1906)

Abbreviation guide to Poole's (1902-1906)




Nineteenth Century Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature (1890-1899)

Nineteenth Century Readers' Guide 1890-1899 – Magazine Abbreviation Guide


Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature (1900-1928)

Specific indexes:



Magazine Abbreviation Guides to Readers' Guide for the years:




Readers' Guide Retrospective Database - 1890-1982 (UNI only)

UNI students and faculty - and visitors to the UNI Rod Library can use the EBSCO database Readers' Guide Retrospective which permits article title, subject, journal name, and author searching for the years 1890 to 1982.  The results may be limited to year(s) of publication.




Readers' Guide will provide the title, the author (if listed), the abbreviated name of the magazine, the volume of the magazine, the page numbers, the month, and the year.

With this information head for the Historical Magazines portion of this guide (or the University of Pennsylvania Serials page or HathiTrust) and locate the magazine. After clicking on the magazine, scroll through the volumes until you arrive at the one you seek (click on this). Once you've opened a specific volume of the magazine either scroll to the page, search for the title, or use the page locater is available.

Unless you are UNI student or UNI staff or faculty member HathiTrust, you will only be allowed to download one page at a time. However, if you scroll down through the options on the left-hand side of the viewing frame you will find that HathiTrust does provide a permanent link to any page you are viewing (the "Link to this page" option). Copying this link and the article information provides quick return access for a later date.


HathiTrust Log-In instructions for UNI students and faculty:

Click on the yellow LOG IN button

Type Northern Iowa in the Choose your partner institution blank

Click on the University of Northern Iowa option and then click on CONTINUE

Log in with your CAT ID.

Now when you want to download multiple pages of a book or magazine article:

Open (view) the source.

Find the first page you wish to copy.

Click on the Download option on the left-hand column of the viewing screen

Then check the option Selected page scans.

Then check the selection-box in the upper-right hand corner next to the black page-number box.

... and continue scrolling and checking the selection-box for each page of interest.

When all pages of interest have been selected - click on the Download option in the left-hand column of the viewing screen.


Note #1 - you can choose to download pages in either PDF, JPEG, TIFF, or even TEXT format.

Note #2 - it is also possible to select the option Whole Book which will allow you to download the entire book or volume of a magazine.