The Nineteenth Century in Print: Periodicals

About the Collection

This component of The Nineteenth Century in Print will incorporate magazines and journals, with an emphasis on those intended for a general audience. These periodicals will be presented as a collaboration among the Library of Congress, the University of Michigan and Cornell University. In late 2000, roughly 750,000 pages from twenty-three periodicals are accessible.

The Nineteenth Century in Print: Periodicals now includes 955 volumes from twenty-two nineteenth century periodicals digitized by Cornell University as part of the original Making of America project. These include magazines of general interest, such as Atlantic Monthly and Harper's New Monthly Magazine, and titles catering to more specific audiences, such as Manufacturer and Builder, Scientific American, the United States Democratic Review, and the American Missionary. Articles in these periodicals provide additional perspectives on themes and personalities featured in other American Memory collections. For example, read about the invention of the telephone, John Muir and the conservation movement, the Spanish-American War, reconstruction, daguerreotypes, and the Central Pacific Railroad. Find short stories, poems, and serialized novels by well-known authors and articles by political figures.

The Preservation Reformatting Division of the Library of Congress has digitized the full run of Garden and Forest: A Journal of Horticulture, Landscape Art, and Forestry. This was the first American journal devoted to horticulture, botany landscape design and preservation, national and urban park development, scientific forestry, and the conservation of forest resources. It was published weekly for a decade at the end of the nineteenth century. The magazine includes articles by well-known landscape architects and proponents of conservation, including Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer, and Frederick Law Olmsted. It is extensively illustrated and the advertisements shed additional light on the gardens and gardeners of the time. Garden and Forest: Historical Background provides more detail on the publication.

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