Periodicals Department Collection and State Library Resources

Previously Spotlighted Periodicals


Harper's Magazine



Harper's was founded in 1850 as Harper's New Monthly Magazine, an influential literary magazine. In the 1920s, it began to include material on public affairs along with short stories. Since 1976, Lewis Lapham has edited the magazine from a left-of-center stance. Each monthly issue includes the famous Harper's Index, a listing of surprising and/or obscure statistical data, e.g. "Minimum number of Wiccans currently serving in the military: 1,870" (July 2007).






Downbeat April 2009



Published monthly, Downbeat contains proflies of contemporary and historic jazz musicians, interviews, news, instrument buying guides, reviews of recordings, and scores.








Journal of the American Medical Association



The Journal of the American Medical Association reports on the latest authoritative medical research and medical news from around the world. It also includes a "JAMA Patient Page" that presents health information in consumer friendly terms. Pratt holds this title from its inception in 1883.







Cat Fancy



Seeking to understand the mysterious behaviors of your cat? The Pratt Library can help. Cat Fancy  is a monthly guide to the care and propitiation of the feline household god.








Dog World



Dog World contains practical advise for dog owners on grooming, pests, food, and exercise as well as breed profiles, canine event listings, and product advertisements. The monthly magazine aims at "active dogs, active people."










Science is a prestigious peer-reviewed journal published weekly by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. It publishes original research in multiple scientific disciplines.







Chess Life



Between games, Pratt chess players can sharpen their strategic thinking in the Periodicals Department. The Pratt Periodicals Department has subscribed to the monthly Chess Life since 1980.







Washington Report on Middle East Affairs



Washington Report on Middle East Affairs is published 9 times a year by the American Educational Trust, a non-profit foundation incorporated by retired foreign service officers "to provide the American public with balanced and accurate information concerning U.S. relations with Middle Eastern states." 







American Cinematographer (August 2009)



No, our spotlighted periodical is not a cooking magazine. It's American Cinematographer, and its cover story is about the movie Julie & Julia (starring Meryl Streep as chef Julia Childs). American Cinematographer examines camera techniques in current films and is published monthly by the American Society of Cinematographers. Pratt holds this title from 1931 to the present (except 1978).






Gettysburg Review



The Gettysburg Review is one of many small literary reviews (a.k.a. "little magazines") that the Enoch Pratt Free Library subscribes to. Published quarterly, the Review includes poetry, essays, and short fiction.







Monthly Review



The Enoch Pratt Periodicals Department holds titles reflecting views across the political spectrum. Monthly Review describes itself as "an independent socialist magazine founded in 1949."










Aperture is a quarterly periodical founded in 1952 by photographers Ansel Adams, Dorthea Lange, and others to encourage the development and appreciation of fine art photography.










Opera is a monthly publication which features artist profiles, reviews of worlwide opera productions, CD and DVD reviews, and a calendar of upcoming performances. 










Print is a magazine for graphic designers, featuring profiles of designers, practical design advice, and book reviews. The Pratt Periodicals Department holds this title in paper from 1986 forward.









The Progressiveaccording to its Web site, "has steadfastly stood against militarism, the concentration of power in corporate hands, and the disenfranchisement of the citizenry. It has continued to champion peace, social and economic justice, civil rights, civil liberties, human rights, a preserved environment, and a reinvigorated democracy."






Antiques & Collecting Magazine 


Antiques & Collecting Magazine is a great monthly resource for collectors of antiques. It features articles about various areas of material culture and also reports when notable objects have been sold at auction.