Smaller libraries can now own a select periodical collection encompassing a broad spectrum of subjects to support research in many fields--without acquiring more than is needed.
The 51 periodicals in this collection represent the most prestigious journals of the decade, and they afford a comprehensive view of American academic and intellectual life at the turn of the century. Students in a variety of disciplines related to American culture, such as those studying American literature, history, political science, business and economics, religion, education and folklore, will discover many research opportunities in H.W. Wilson's 19th Century Readers' Guide, 1890-1899 and this collection of periodicals included in Wilson's index.
Featured in the collection are established publications including Atlantic Monthly and the decade's newer arrivals, such as Bookman--a journal that invented the concept of the "bestseller" and was an early supporter of Edward Arlington Robinson and Edith Wharton. Harper's Monthly, Scribner's, and Century stood out in their day among literary periodicals, printing the works of such popular writers as W.D. Howells, Robert Louis Stevenson, and J.M. Barrie. Also included are titles that catered to the specialized markets, such as Poet-Lore, Dial, and Sewanee Review.
In addition to literary magazines, there are numerous journals for those researching the social and political issues of the 1890s. Arena, for example, carried articles on serious social questions such as the slums in Boston, prostitution, birth control, women's rights, agrarian reform, elections, and prohibition. Weekly miscellanies like Harper's Weekly, Nation, and Outlook carried contemporary accounts of current events such as the war with Spain and the Chicago World's Fair.
Academic interests are also served through this collection with such titles as American Historical Review, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and Political Science Quarterly.
Economists and business students will discover national affairs magazines that provide material on free trade, the debate on free silver, monopolies, the single tax, and money and credit, as well as debates on economic theory within the pages of the Quarterly Journal of Economics. And scientists can gain an historical overview of scientific advances in Popular Science Monthly, National Geographic, and Scientific American.
The liveliness of the writing and the excellence of the illustrations in many of these magazines make them ideal browsing materials for the lay researcher in the public library as well as for academic library scholars.