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[Detail] Preface from Punchinello 1, no.1 (1870).

The Nineteenth Century in Print: Periodicals is one of two components of the Making of America project of the University of Michigan and Cornell University in collaboration with the Library of Congress. The periodicals component of The Nineteenth Century in Print includes more than 20 popular periodicals digitized by Cornell University Library and the Library of Congress. Included are such general interest magazines as The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's New Monthly Magazine, and Putnam's Monthly, which are a rich source of American literature (short stories, poems, and serialized novels) as well as a range of articles on art, history, science, and more. Other publications, including Manufacturer and Builder, Scientific American, The United States Democratic Review, and The American Missionary catered to specific audiences. In addition, the collection features the entire run of Garden and Forest: A Journal of Horticulture, Landscape Art, and Forestry, the first U.S. magazine about horticulture; a series of "Historical Essays on Garden and Forest" provides context for understanding the significance of this specialized journal.

Articles can be viewed in two forms: page images and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) scans. The OCR scans are uncorrected and can be difficult to read. However, full-text searches of the optical scans are possible, whereas only descriptive information can be searched for the page images. If students cannot locate what they need using a search of descriptive information, they can locate items using full-text search of the OCR scans but then view the page images. The individual periodicals can also be browsed.

The Nineteenth Century in Print: Periodicals collection spans several eras of the American history curriculum. Documents in this collection, although not all encompassing, are useful tools in studying aspects of the social and political history of these eras in U.S. history:

  • Expansion and Reform, 1801-1861
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877
  • Development of the Industrial United States, 1876-1915

The collection also includes a notable document from an earlier era: a previously unpublished account by George Washington of the Braddock Campaign, which preceded the French and Indian War during the colonial era. This article appeared in the May 1893 issue of Scribner's Magazine.