The American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 2 presents over 1000 titles dating from 1821 through 1837. The collection represents over two centuries of print culture, ranging from early works imported by the colonists to later titles published on American soil on the eve of the Revolution and during the early republic. The series two is second of the five series created from serials holdings belonging to one of the premier repositories in the United States, the American Antiquarian Society and featuring about 6500 titles from the seventeenth through the late nineteenth century. The subject matter covered in Series 2 represents the era of Jacksonian Democracy, with a broad range of topics including agriculture, entertainment, history, literary criticism, and politics.
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Series 3 presents over 1,700 titles dating from 1838 through 1852. Series 3 is the third of five series created from serials holdings of one of the premier repositories in the United States, the American Antiquarian Society. The themes presented in Series 3 reveal a rapidly growing young nation, where industrialization, the railroads, regional political differences, and life on the western frontier were daily realities. Subjects covered in the collection reach into every facet of American life, including science, literature, medicine, agriculture, women’s fashion, family life, and religion.
The Series 3 holdings are expansive, and many titles, both prominent and small, can be found. Long runs of influential titles such as The Boston Medical & Surgical Journal are in the collection, as well as unusual and short-lived titles like Ploughshare, which feature the entire journal printed in a shorthand version of English. Subjects include, but are not limited to, slavery, agriculture, children's literature, education, leisure and hobbies, medicine, religion, science and technology, the trades, and women's literature. The broad range of geography (from Bangor, ME to Madison, WI) as well as a diversity of languages (French, German, and Welsh) in the collection reflect the rapid westward expansion that characterizes the time period of this collection.
Series 4 presents over 1,100 titles dating from 1853 through 1865. While the Civil War is a focal point of the collection, we also find a diverse record of the continuance of daily life for many Americans—both leading up to and during the war. News from the battlefront can be found, in addition to the usual breadth of subject matter found in previous collections that include science, literature, medicine, agriculture, women’s fashion, family life, and religion.
Series 4 holdings are expansive, and many titles, both prominent and small, can be found. Long runs of influential titles such as Godey’s Lady’s Book are present, as well as short-lived titles like The Regenerator, an anti-slavery periodical. More detailed subject matter includes psychiatry, gardening, freed African Americans, temperance, the Irish question, Freemasonry, the U.S. Postal Service, and dentistry. The breadth of subject matter represented in the collection reveals the increasing diversity and affluence of the American population coupled with all of the political difficulties and the rising tensions that lead to the Civil War.
Series 5 presents over 2,500 titles dating from 1866 through 1877. The themes presented in Series 5 reflect a nation that persevered through a most difficult set of circumstances: a bloody civil war that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives; the incorporation of the recently-freed African Americans into American life; a population that rapidly expanded into the Western territories. Broad subject areas covered in the collection reach into every facet of American life, including science, literature, medicine, agriculture, women’s fashion, family life, and religion.
Series 5 holdings are expansive, and many titles, both prominent and small, can be found. Long-running titles such as The Friend are found, as well as more obscure titles like The Nebraska Journal of Commerce. More detailed subjects include, but are not limited to, African American freedom, horse racing, crops and animal husbandry, children's literature and education, leisure and hobbies, medical advances, temperance and holiness, trade and commerce, and men’s fashions. The breadth of subject matter reveals a nation that has reached its 100th birthday and continues to grapple with the growing pains of transnational expansion, the aftermath of war, and the extending of American democratic life to its African American population.