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Articles and Journals (LIGHT): Historical Periodicals

Introduction

This page contains access to free historical newspaper resources. If you are a current student, click here to access the more extensive resource available to you. In addition digital historical periodical databases, the Meadville Lombard Archives and Special Collections holds an extensive print collection of historical journals and periodicals from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries that document Unitarianism, Universalism, Humanism/Free Thinkers, Spiritualism, and liberal religion more broadly. To access any of the historical journals and periodicals from our print collection listed below, email archives@meadville.edu.

Chronicling America: Historical American Newspapers

Library of Congress logoChronicling America is a website providing access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages, and is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). NDNP, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC), is a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages. Supported by NEH, this rich digital resource will be developed and permanently maintained at the Library of Congress.

Newspaper Navigator

Library of Congress logoNewspaper Navigator allows users to explore more than 1.5 million historical newspaper images online and free of charge. The latest machine learning experience from Library of Congress Labs, Newspaper Navigator allows users to search visual content in American newspapers dated from 1789 to 1963. 

Liberal Religious Journals in the Public Domain

The Andover-Harvard Theological Library curates a lists of digitized Unitarian, Universalist, Unitarian Universalist, and liberal religious journals in the public domain.  

Historical United States Protestant Newspapers

Organized by state, Historical United States Protestant Newspapers provides links to freely accessible digitized Protestant newspapers.

Guide to Online Historical African American Newspapers

Marist College logoCreated by the Marist College Library, this guide provides a list of historical African American Newspapers available online as part of digitization projects at libraries and historical societies as well as digitization projects done by Google. The content is available for free, though it is at the discretion of the institution providing the content. The newspapers contained within guide are those that have ceased to operate or are currently running papers with archives available. It does not include papers that are currently running and only offer access to the most recent articles.

Independent Voices

Independent Voices logoIndependent Voices is an open access digital collection of alternative press newspapers, magazines and journals, drawn from the special collections of participating libraries. These periodicals were produced by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Hispanics, LGBT activists, the extreme right-wing press and alternative literary magazines during the latter half of the 20th century.

Serials in Microfilm Collection

Marist College logoSerials in Microfilm Collection is full text searchable and contains over 14,000 titles, over 480k volume-years, with an estimated 500 million pages that were used as print-masters to create microfilm for libraries until about 2016.  

Print Historical Journals and Periodicals held by Meadville Lombard

The Meadville Lombard Archives and Special Collections holds an extensive print collection of historical journals and periodicals from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries that document Unitarianism, Universalism, Humanism/Free Thinkers, Spiritualism, and liberal religion more broadly. To access any of the historical journals and periodicals from our print collection listed below, email archives@meadville.edu.

  • Advocate of Peace

  • IARF News Digest

  • Studia Swedenborgiania

  • Agnostic Annual

  • IARF World

  • Sunday School Herald

  • American Unitarian Youth

  • Impartialist, The

  • Sunday School Gazette

  • Anvil

  • Independent, The

  • Tar Heel Universalist

  • Anvil, The

  • Inquirer

  • The Alliance World

  • Arbiter, The

  • Inquirer, The

  • The Christian Intelligencer

  • ARTS

  • International Journal of Religious Education

  • The Evangelical Magazine and Gospel Advocate

  • Association of Universalist Women

  • IRF

  • The Gospel Banner and Maine Christian Pilot

  • Beacon, The

  • Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research

  • The Indian Messenger

  • Bridge, The

  • Journal of Value Inquiry

  • The Ladies' Repository

  • Bulletin Liberal Francais, The

  • Kairos

  • The Promethean

  • Bulletin, The

  • Liberal Christian, The

  • The Unitarian Herald

  • Canadian Unitarian, The

  • Liberal Religious Education

  • Tribune Republican, The

  • Cape Ann Universalist

  • Liberator, The

  • Trumpet and Christian Freeman Universalist Magazine, The

  • Challenge for Unitarian and Universalists

  • Lifestream

  • Trumpet Universalist Magazine, The

  • Cheerful Letter, The

  • Manford's Magazine

  • Unitarian News Letter

  • Christian Action

  • Midwest Universalist Messenger

  • Unitarian Review and Religious Magazine, The

  • Christian Advocate, The

  • Monthly Repository of Theology and General Literature

  • Unitarian, The

  • Christian Leader, The

  • Nava-Vidhan (Navavidhan)

  • Unitarius Elet

  • Christian Life: A Unitarian Journal, The

  • New India

  • Unitarius Ertesto

  • Christian Messenger, The

  • Newsletter of the Unitarian Ministerial Union

  • Unitarius Kozlony

  • Christian Pilot

  • Old and New Journal of Liberal Religion

  • Unitarius Scojzek

  • Christian Register, The

  • People Soup

  • Unity

  • Christian World, The

  • People Soup

  • Univercelum and Spiritual Philosopher

  • Circle Network News

  • Platonist, The

  • Universalist Expositor

  • Commercial and Financial Chronicle, The

  • Practical Christian

  • Universalist Herald, The

  • Communicator, The

  • Quest

  • Universalist Leader, The

  • Crossroad

  • Radical Review, The

  • Universalist Magazine, The

  • Ethics

  • Religious Education

  • Universalist Union, The

  • Evangelical Magazine and Gospel Advocate

  • Renewal

  • Universalist, The

  • Free-thinkers Information for the People, The

  • Respond

  • UUMA News

  • Frieie Religion

  • Sadhana

  • UUMPS News

  • Frieies Christentum

  • Science and Religion Bulletin

  • UUSC News

  • Friend, The or Advocate of Truth

  • Stairwell Wall, The

  • World and the New Dispensation, The

  • Gospel Herald, The

  • Star of Bethlehem

  • Young Liberal, The

  • Gospel Messenger, The

  • Starr King Journal

  • YPRU News

  • Harbinger, Navidhan

  • Starry Cross, The

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