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Periodicals Department

The Periodicals Department maintains an in-depth, retrospective collection of newspapers, journals, and magazines in paper, microform, and online full-text formats. Researchers can also find extensive materials to assist with genealogy research, including microfiche.

Periodicals Department - using a microfilm viewer to view a digitized newspaper

Using a microfilm viewer to read and save digitized newspaper articles in the Periodicals Department

The Collection

In the Periodicals Department you will find extensive collections, including paper indexes in the periodicals department, current newspapers in paper format, Baltimore city newspapers, listed by title, Baltimore city newspapers, listed by year, Maryland county newspapers, listed by county, and out of town newspapers on microfilm.


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), and Maryland county newspapers, many not archived in local libraries or historical societies. Download and browse a PDF list of paper newspapers maintained in the Periodicals Department.

Periodicals, Journals & Magazines

The Periodicals Department houses an enormous collection of popular magazines, with many titles going back to the 18th century. The collection also features specialized publications like women's magazines such as Good Housekeeping and Ladies' Home Journal, industry trade journals, and more. The retrospective collections of the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature (1900-present) and Poole's Index to Periodical Literature are especially useful to those researching popular press coverage of historical events.

Journals are scientific or academic periodicals containing scholarly articles, reports, or studies that have been reviewed by other professionals in the subject field prior to publication. Articles in journals usually include an abstract at the beginning and a bibliography, works cited, or list of resources at the end. Magazines are periodicals containing articles, stories, and pictures on topics such as business, fashion, music, or national news.


The Periodicals Department houses unique resources to assist with research. Download a PDF list of Paper Indexes to Periodicals to locate journals, magazines, newspapers, obituaries, and book reviews, or download a list of Paper Indexes to Periodicals by Subject.

Magazine & Newspaper Finder

Find out what newspapers, magazines, and academic journals the library offers in the Pratt Magazine & Newspaper Finder. You can search or browse by periodical title, choose a subject of interest, or click through to specific databases for a more customized search.

Microfilm Collections & Finding Aids

Download PDF listings of microfilm collections and finding aids to guide your research in the special collections of the Periodical Department, including American Centennial Newspaper Collection, Historical Documents on Microfilm, John Pendleton Kennedy Papers, and Underground Newspapers Collection.

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Genealogy Research Guide

Research your family history and genealogy with extensive resources, both in person and online.

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