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Periodicals Department
Notice: In preparation of the Central Library renovation, the periodicals Department will be sharing its current space on the Main Floor on the mezzanine level with the Humanities Department.
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The Collection

The Periodicals Department houses an enormous collection of popular magazines, with many titles going back to the 19th century:

  • News weeklies (such as Time, Newsweek, Life, Harper's Weekly)
  • Specialized publications (women's magazines such as Good Housekeeping and Ladies' Home Journal; industry trade journals)
  • Complete runs of literary "little magazines" (such as Harriet Monroe's Poetry magazine)

The Historical Newspapers collection on microfilm encompasses:

  • Baltimore city papers, including short-lived titles from the 18th-20th centuries
  • Specialized newspapers targeted to particular demographic groups (e.g. ethnic, gay, labor, religious)
  • Maryland county newspapers, many not archived in local libraries or historical societies

The retrospective collections of the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature (1890-present) and Poole's Index to Periodical Literature are especially useful to those researching popular press coverage of historical events.


State Library Resources

  • 150 Years Ago This Week in the Civil War: Get a weekly view of how the Civil War affected the everyday lives of Marylanders.
  • Genealogy Resources: Includes guides to doing genealogical research in the the Periodicals Department, links to marriage and death indexes to Maryland newspapers, and more!
  • Pratt Electronic News Stand:  Find out what newspapers, magazines, and academic journals the library offers. You can search or browse by periodical title, choose a subject of interest, or click through to specific databases for a more customized search.
  • Special Collections:  Historical print and microform collections unique to the Department.


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