American Periodical Series
Microfilm AP 2 A31018
The American Periodical Series, a microfilm project sponsored by the
University of Michigan in 1941, is a collection of early American
periodicals dating from 1741-1935. There are three series within the American
Periodical Series (APS
I - Eighteenth Century - 33 reels;
APS II - 1800-1850 - 1,966 reels; and
APS III - 1850-1900 - 200 reels).
The 88 titles in
American Periodicals, Eighteenth Century (APS I),
document the origins of American magazine journalism which began in
1741 with Benjamin Franklin's
General Magazine and Andrew Bradford's American Magazine.
The spirit of nationalism and of westward expansion is reflected
in the 923 magazines covered in
American Periodicals, 1800-1850
Readers can trace the philosophical, social, and literary
background of the Civil War and Reconstruction eras through the 117
magazines represented in
American Periodicals, 1850-1900 (APS III).
How to search the collection:
All of the periodicals in the American Periodical Series are cataloged in
Truman's Library Catalog
and can be searched by title, keyword or subject. The Library Catalog
record gives the location as well as the reel number you will need.
The following guide - Hoornstra, Jean. American Periodicals,
1741-1900: an Index to the Microfilm Collections (Microfilm AP2
A3101835 1979) - is arranged in four sections: title index,
subject index, editor index and reel number index. Each entry
supplies complete bibliographic information about the title,
publication volumes and dates, and publisher, plus an annotation
describing the publication. The location of the periodical is given
at the right, including the abbreviation of the collection (APS I,
APS II, or APS III), and the reel numbers, along with volumes and
inclusive dates on each reel. The subject index of this guide is an
alphabetical listing of the Library of Congress subject headings
assigned to the periodical titles.
here for a list of titles in the collection.
Hoornstra, Jean. American Periodicals, 1741-1900: an Index to the Microfilm
Collections. Ann Arbor: University Microfilms International, 1979.
(Microfilm AP2 A3101835 1979)
Mott, Frank Luther. A History of American magazines, 1741-1850.
Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1930-1968. (General Collection PN
4877 M63 1938, v. 1-5) - Volume 1 which covers the years 1741-1850 is especially
relevant for the APS Series I collection. Volume 5 has a cumulative index which
lists titles, editors, contributors, and topics.
Nineteenth Century Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature (1890-99)
(Table B - AI3 R479) provides indexing to 51 periodicals for the years
1890-1899, with author, subject and illustrator access. These periodicals can
also be searched online through
Guide Retrospective. List of periodicals in APS II and APS III
indexed in the Nineteenth Century Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature:
||Political Science Quarterly
||New England Magazine
||Quarterly Journal of Economics
||North American Review
Poole's Index to Periodical Literature ( Ref AI 3 P7 1963 -Table B) -
nearly one hundred of the periodicals in APS II and APS III are at least
partially indexed in Poole's Index to Periodical Literature
and Poole's can be used to access these periodicals by topic. Click
here for the list of titles indexed in Poole's.
For more information about this subject in our Library Catalog, check out
Periodicals on microfilm
Time Period: 18th Century 19th
Century 20th Century
Subject keywords: Journalism, Literature
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