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Media and Communication
An introduction to core research resources for media and communication.
Search nearly a million collection descriptions from thousands of libraries, museums, and archives. Researchers searching ArchiveGrid can learn about the many items in each of these collections, contact archives to arrange a visit to examine materials, and order copies.
Search for books, magazines, newspapers, archival materials and other materials in more than 10,000 libraries in the U.S. and around the world. Indicates when NYU Libraries holds a copy of a book and shows you nearby libraries with holdings.
The Archive of Political Emails, established in July 2019, contains marketing and promotional emails from political candidates, elected officials, PACs, non-profits, NGOs and other entities that shape the political debate. The text of the emails is fully searchable and senders have been organized by: political party, country, state/locality, public office held or sought. The Archive of Political Emails is a project of the Defending Democracy Together Institute, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving America’s democratic norms, values, and institutions.
ArchiveGrid is a listing of archival collections across the world. Users can search nearly a million collection descriptions from thousands of libraries, museums, and archives. Researchers searching ArchiveGrid can learn about the many items in each of these collections, contact archives to arrange a visit to examine materials, and order copies.
Search the historical archives of major African-American newspapers: Atlanta Daily World, Baltimore Afro-American, New York Amsterdam News, Pittsburgh Courier, and Chicago Defender. Newspapers are in PDF format and provide a visual representation of each issue.
Access World News provides the html full text articles and transcripts from a variety of national and international news sources, including newspapers, digital-native news websites, television and radio transcripts, blogs, college and university newspapers, journals, magazines, and some audio and video. Most international titles are English language. Dates of coverage vary from title to title, but primarily span the late 20th century to present. Resource also includes: Sowetan Collection, Financial, Mail Collection, Sunday Times Collection, Business Day Collection
America's Historical Newspapers includes articles from local and regional American and Hispanic American newspapers from all 50 states. Coverage dates from 1690 to the early 20th century. Articles have been scanned as PDFs and include images and advertisements, and are full text searchable.
Access New York Newspaper Archives and discover stories of the past with NewspaperArchive.com, the world's largest online newspaper archive. The archive covers New York history from 1753-2020, with lots of content from smaller, local newspapers.
Associated Press Collections Online is a database of primary source historical newswires from the Associated Press. Content includes images and original PDFs from the Middle East Bureaus (1967-2005, in English and Arabic), U.S. City Bureaus (post WWII), and Washington D.C. Bureaus (1938-2009), as well as the AP Internal Communications module (personal papers of AP staff members, consisting of wire copy, correspondence, journals, reporters' notebooks, and other materials).
PressReader (formerly PressDisplay) provides access to newspapers from around the world, often in the original language. Dates of coverage vary from the most current three months to the most current decade. Newspapers are presented in a browsable, "as printed" visual format.
Magazines, Trade publications, and Print Advertisements
Use these tools to search archival collections (historical trade publications, advertisements, articles, photos, etc.) around the country and world.
This database provides archival access to the following magazines: U. S. News & World Report, Time, Sports Illustrated, People, Life, Fortune, Forbes, Esquire, Businessweek, Architectural Digest, Maclean's, The Atlantic and Vanity Fair. Users can search across these magazines, or select individual titles.
Women's Magazine Archive is a searchable, primary-source archive of leading women's interest magazines dating from the 19th century through to the 21st. Some popular titles include: Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Essence, Ladies' Home Journal, and Good Housekeeping. It provides full-text access to the foremost consumer magazines aimed at a female readership, which serve as canonical records of evolving assumptions about gender roles and cultural mores. The magazines are all scanned cover-to-cover in high-resolution color, ensuring that the original print artefacts are faithfully reproduced and that valuable non-article items, such as advertisements, are included. Topics covered in this resource include family life, home economics, health, careers, fashion, culture, and many more.
John H. Johnson founded Ebony in 1945 as a monthly magazine to address African-American issues, personalities, and interests in a positive and self-affirming manner. Ebony has historically had the largest circulation among African American publications. Dates of coverage span from 1945-2014, and are available in the PDF "as printed" format.
Jet is an American weekly magazine focusing on news, culture, and entertainment related to the African-American community. Founded in November 1951 by John H. Johnson, the magazine was billed as "The Weekly Negro News Magazine," and chronicled the civil rights movement from its earliest years. Google Books has digitized issues from 1951-2008.
A collection of digitized US and UK trade magazines cover topics including film, music, broadcasting and theater from from the era of vaudeville and silent movies through to 2000. Magazines have been scanned cover-to-cover in high-resolution color, with granular indexing of all articles, covers, ads and reviews.
Provides indexing of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and reflects the history of 20th century America.Dates of coverage: 1890-1982. Use the Readers' Guide Full Text for 1983 forward.
Flipster is a platform for browsing the current issues of popular press magazines in the "as printed" color editions. Titles include The Atlantic, Essence, Forbes, the New Yorker, Bloomberg Businessweek, Esquire, Cinema Scope, The Advocate, and more.
Download the free Flipster app on your mobile device by searching for "Flipster" on either the Google Play store (for Android devices) or the iTunes app store (for iPhone and iPad devices). Then connect to the NYU Libraries subscription:
1. Open the Flipster app on your device.
2. Tap Get Started.
3. Search for "New York University"
4. Tap the Log In button
5. Sign in with your NYU Net ID and password
Every issue of Harper's Bazaar, the American women's fashion magazine, from 1867 to present. Digitized with ads and images, and full text searchable. (NOTE: in the initial release of this database, full coverage extends from 1969 to the present, with partial coverage from 1962. The full run of the magazine back to 1867 will be digitized sometime in 2016.)
A non-profit, open access digital library with access to primary source materials in print, audio, web and motion picture formats. Includes more than 60,000 "ephemeral" (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films as part of the Prelinger archives.
Search a selection of periodicals that first began publishing between 1740 and 1900, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines, and many other historically-significant periodicals.
Collection of historical and modern advertisements that spans the years from the mid 19th Century to the present day. Image types include British and American advertisments, British and American magazine covers and artwork, mail order catalogues, posters, postcards, menus, theatre programs and other ephemera, as well as a wide selection of vintage magazines.
A freely available database funded by Duke University libraries, Ad*Access contains images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Ad*Access concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II.
Provide digital access to the most comprehensive collection of American periodicals published between 1691 and 1877. Included digitized images of American magazines and journals never before available outside the walls of the American Antiquarian Society. The collection is available in five series: Series 1 (1691-1820) - Series 2 (1821-1837) - Series 3 (1838-1852) - Series 4 (1853-1865) - Series 5 (1866-1877)
This family of historical collections contains books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, government documents and ephemera printed in America over three centuries. Includes America's Historical Newspapers, American Broadsides and Ephemera, Early American Imprints (Series I and II), House and Senate Journals (Series I, 1789-1817), and Senate Executive Journals (1789-1980)
The Nation Archive Premium Edition contains indexing, abstracting, and full text for the complete archive of The Nation, beginning with its first issue in 1865 all the way to the present. The Nation is America’s oldest weekly magazine and one if its premier journals of opinion since its inception in 1865.
J. Walter Thompson: Advertising America is an archive of the history, operation, policies and accomplishments of the J. Walter Thompson advertising firm. Coverage dates run from the late 19th century to the 1990s. Collections include: print advertisements, publications, account files for nine key clients, staff newsletters, business records, and other internal company documents. A wide range of brands, companies, and industries are covered from automobiles to cosmetics and cruises.
A free archive of streaming, U.S. News content. Searchable by closed captions from the major cable and broadcast television networks from 2009-present. Streaming videos are not available for download, but users are able to borrow DVDs of each show.
The American Archive of Public Broadcasting offers access to streaming audio and video collections of public television and radio stations from across the country. Dates of coverage run from the 1940s to present, and the archive is searchable by date, keyword, topic, geographic location, and more. A partnership between the Library of Congress and WGBH in Boston, the goal of the archive is to preserve and provide access to the most significant public television and radio programs of the 20th and 21st century.
The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is a searchable collection of the individual network evening news broadcasts from ABC, NBC, and CBS from 1968-present, CNN from 1995-present, and Fox from 2004-present. Broadcasts from CNN and NBC can be streamed; broadcasts from all sources, including ABC, CBS, and Fox, can be loaned and downloaded in MP4 format after creating an account and paying a nominal duplication fee ($12 per clip + a $10 processing fee).
Access to thousands of streaming television advertisements broadcast nationally and internationally, as well as some digital and print content. Coverage dates focus on the most recent decade but include some historical content from the 20th century. Searchable by keyword, ad agency, brand, industry, country, and people credits.
An archive of more than 800 oral history interviews (over 4,000 hours) with the legends of television, from Alex Trebek to John Hamm. The streaming video interviews chronicle the birth and growth of American TV history. The collection covers a variety of professions (writers, actors, directors, producers), genres, and topics.
The Living Room Candidate is a site maintained by the Museum of the Moving Image, and contains streaming videos of television advertisements and campaign commercials of every presidential election from 1952-present.
World Newsreels Online: 1929-1966, a streaming video product which captures full runs of many of the key international newsreels produced during the early twentieth century. These films, produced from 1929 right through to the early post-war period, provide a unique, and until now largely neglected, resource that will give scholars a real insight into how people learned about, and lived through the events that occurred during this period of history.
Housed at the University of Maryland, this collection includes a wide-range of audio and video recordings, books, pamphlets, periodicals, personal collections, oral histories, photographs, scripts and vertical files devoted the history of broadcasting.
The National Public Broadcasting Archives, housed at the University of Maryland, documents the history of public and educational broadcasting in the United States. It includes the archives of WNET and WAMU and the papers of many early National Public Radio hosts and broadcasters.