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March 2003

Special Collections & Indexes—Magazines and Newspapers

The Library has always actively collected magazines, journals and newspapers. In fact, one of our early directors was William Frederick Poole, the compiler of a famous early index to such publications, Poole’s Index to Periodical Literature. The following are some of the magazine collections available at the Library. For more information, contact the Magazines & Newspapers Department or read this feature article about the department.

APS Microfilm Collection (American Periodicals Series)

Used by students and researchers to study everything from fashion to political trends, magazines are an enormously valuable source of information about ideas and social patterns. This collection of microfilm includes more than 1,100 magazines from 1741 to 1900 and traces the evolution of American magazines from two short-lived publications in 1741 by Andrew Bradford and Benjamin Franklin to titles (such as Vanity Fair) that are still being published.
Magazines & Newspapers Department

African-American Newspaper Collection

Spanning the Baltimore Afro-American in 1893 to the current Cincinnati Herald, this filmed collection of African-American newspapers from across the country is a valuable historical source. Other African-American newspapers are also held in the department.
Magazines & Newspapers Department

ELPS Microfilm Collection (English Literary Periodicals Series)

Famous English writers working from 1618 to 1914 are featured in this film series. Consisting of more than 200 essay journals, magazines, and reviews, this series presents early and mature works by many of England’s best writers, such as Charles Dickens and Jonathan Swift. Among the subjects covered in these articles are politics, economics, theater, music, and history.
Magazines & Newspapers Department

Local Newspaper Collection

The Library has an extensive historic collection of all the major local newspapers. Holdings of the Cincinnati Enquirer begin in April of 1841 and are complete through today’s edition; holdings of the Cincinnati Post are also complete. Additional historic Cincinnati newspapers are in the collection, with coverage dating back to the 1793 Centinel of the Northwestern Territory. Also available is a collection of the German newspapers published in Cincinnati in the mid-1800s to early 1900s, including titles such as the Cincinnati Volksblatt and Cincinnati Freie Presse. Locally published religious newspapers are collected as well, including the Catholic Telegraph from Oct. 1831 to the present. The department has also recently expanded its collection of community newspapers.
Magazines & Newspapers Department

Newsdex (Index to Local Newspapers)

This index of local newspapers was created and is maintained by Library staff. Now a computer database, it began back in the early 1900s as a card catalog of Cincinnati news items indexed under very broad subject headings. The original card file included very little coverage of business, the arts, or sports. Now indexing of those fields has expanded to include the broader Hamilton County area, as well as Warren, Butler, and Clermont counties. (Most Northern Kentucky events are not indexed in Newsdex, since Kenton County Public Library indexes those.) Newsdex remains a local index, however: articles of national or international interest are indexed only if they directly involve the community. Entries for events covered in newspapers earlier than 1900 are being added retrospectively, so the indexing now includes partial coverage of articles as far back as the early 1800s.
Magazines & Newspapers Department