Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Popular Magazines archived at Worcester Public Library

Check out how the world has changed through this snapshot of America’s Popular Reads!

Cosmopolitan (first issue published in 1886): The WPL holds the very first issues of the magazine, back when it went by “The Cosmopolitan”, covering family and domestic interests, along with publishing various serial novels and stories. Today, “Cosmopolitan”, or, “Cosmo” as it is commonly referred to, covers topics focused more on romance and fashion. 

Then (July 1922)
Now (Feb. 2018)
Digital Access: New/recent issues of Cosmopolitan can be accessed through the RB Digital Magazine Collection on our website through any phone, tablet, or computer by creating an account with a valid Worcester Public Library card.

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Harper’s Magazine (first issue published in June 1850): According to its website, Harper’s Magazine is “the oldest general-interest monthly in America, explor[ing] the issues that drive our national conversation, through long-form narrative journalism and essays”. In its over 168 years in print, Harper’s Magazine featured the early printed works of Mark Twain, Herman Melville, Robert Frost, and many others. Today, Harper’s Magazine, in both its online and print materials, continues to highlight well-researched opinion and culture pieces. 

Then (June 1893)

Now (Feb. 2018)

Microfilm Access: Harper’s Magazine from June 1850-December 1989 is available on microfilm on the third floor Periodicals department of the Main Branch of the WPL.

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National Geographic (first issue published in 1888): National Geographic, best known for its extensive and rich color photography, began as a text-based scientific journal in 1888 as the official publication of the National Geographic Society. The first issue contained no pictures or photography whatsoever, but did include maps, geographic surveys, and the Proceedings of the National Geographic Society along with their members list. 
Then (Jan. 1915)

Now (Feb. 2018)

Digital Access: New/recent issues of National Geographic can be accessed in the RB Digital Magazine Collection on any phone, tablet, or computer by creating an account with a valid Worcester Public Library card.

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Print Access: Patrons may check out any circulating copy of any of the magazines listed for 1 week with up to 2 renewals. Check our catalog to see when we get the newest issue, to place a hold, or to check availability. 

Archived issues/volumes may be requested at the Periodicals desk on the third floor of the Main Branch of the Worcester Public Library located at 3 Salem Square, Worcester MA, 01608.

If you have any questions regarding the archives at the WPL or online access to any journal, magazine, or newspaper, please let us know through the Ask a Librarian function of our website, by calling the WPL’s information line at 508-799-1655, ext 3 or the Periodicals Department at 508-799-1669.

Happy researching!
-Gretta

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