Trial access: Women’s Magazine Archive

*The Library has now purchased access to the ‘Women’s Magazine Archive, collection I and II’. See New to the Library: Women’s Magazine Archive.*

ProQuest have kindly allowed us to trial for a second time Women’s Magazine Archive I and II  comprising archival runs of leading women’s consumer magazines of the 20th century which up till now have been difficult to locate and navigate.

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

Trial access ends 15th March 2017.

Consumer magazines aimed at a female readership are recognized as valuable primary sources through which to interpret multiple aspects of 19th and 20th-century history and culture. Women’s Magazine Archive I and II provides access to the complete archives of the foremost titles of this type as well as some titles focusing on more specific audiences and themes. The magazines included in this archive are:

Women’s Magazine Archive I

  • Better Homes & Gardens (1922 to 2005)
  • Chatelaine (1928 to 2005)
  • Good Housekeeping (1885 to 2005)
  • Ladies’ Home Journal (1883 to 2005)
  • Parents (1926 to 2005)
  • Redbook (1903 to 2005)

Women’s Magazine Archive II

  • Cosmopolitan (1886 to 2005)
  • Essence (1970 to 2005)
  • Seventeen (1994 to 2005)
  • Town and Country (1846 to 2005)
  • Woman’s Day (1937 to 2005)
  • Women’s International Network News (1975 to 2003)

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. Among the research areas served by this material are gender studies, social history, economics/marketing, media, fashion, politics, and popular culture.

The database can be accessed for the duration of the trial period via e-resources trials.
Access available until 15th March 2017.
Feedback welcome.

The Library already subscribes to a variety of online resources that provide you with access to periodicals and magazines from different time periods, including American Periodicals, British Periodicals I and II, Country Life ArchiveHarper Bazaar’sArchive, Nineteenth Century UK Periodicals and Vogue Archive. You can access these and others via the Databases A-Z list.

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

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

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