New database! Women’s Magazine Archive

Last month we had a trial to the new database Women’s Magazine Archive – 123 years of popular media targeting women readers and consumers.

Thanks to your enthusiastic feedback, and the database’s clear relevance for a number of BGSU programs of study, we decided to purchase it, and it has been added to our collection!

Women’s Magazine Archive contains full text for six popular magazines published throughout the 20th century:

  • Better Homes & Gardens (1922 to 2005)
  • Chatelaine (1928 to 2005)
  • Good Housekeeping (1885 to 2005)
  • Ladies’ Home Journal (1883 to 2005)
  • Parents (1926 to 2005)
  • Redbook (1903 to 2005)

In combination, the publications here cover topics such as family life, home economics, health, careers, fashion, culture, and many more. While the library already owns long runs of many of these titles in print, most issues are held off-site, and lack of indexing can make it difficult to find information on specific topics. This online archive makes these titles full-text searchable, and obtaining individual articles and images is as easy as downloading files.

The archive includes full cover-to-cover scans of each issue in high-resolution, ensuring that the original print artifacts are faithfully reproduced and that valuable non-article items, such as advertisements, are included. Detailed article-level indexing, with document feature flags, enables efficient searching and navigation of this content.

The image on our home page comes from an article in the February 1954 issue of Chatelaine, The Women of Winnipeg.”