On trial: Women’s Magazine Archive I and II

Following a request from a student in HCA the Library now has trial access to ProQuest’s Women’s Magazine Archive, collection I and II. This unique database comprises archival runs of leading women’s consumer magazines of the twentieth century.

You can access the database via the E-resources trials page.
Access is available both on and off-campus.

Trial access ends 16th November 2017.

Archival issues of consumer magazines aimed at a female readership have previously been difficult to locate and navigate. So getting hold of these useful primary sources for 19th and 20th-century history and culture has been problematic for researchers.

Women’s Magazine Archive I and II provide access to the archives of some of the foremost titles of this type. The magazines are all scanned from cover to cover in high-resolution color, ensuring that the original print artefacts are faithfully reproduced and that valuable non-article items, such as advertisements, are included.

Collection I titles:

  • Better Homes & Gardens
  • Chatelaine
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Ladies’ Home Journal
  • Parents
  • Redbook

Collection II titles:

  • Cosmopolitan
  • Essence
  • Seventeen
  • Town and Country
  • Woman’s Day
  • Women’s International Network News

Please note that neither collection are complete as of yet. Archive issues are still being digitised so the full archive run of some titles is not available.

Access Women’s Magazine Archive via e-resources trials.
Access is available until 16th November 2017.
Feedback welcome.

You can access magazine and periodical archives that the Library already has access to e.g. The Vogue Archive (U.S. edition), British Periodicals I and II, Country Life Archive, American Periodicals, etc., via the Newspaper and Magazine database list.

Access is only available to current students and staff at University of Edinburgh.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for History, Classics and Archaeology