Written by Jon Ritterbush, Electronic Resources Librarian
Calvin T. Ryan Library now offers online access to the American Periodical Series (APS Online). This new digital collection provides access to 1,500 American periodicals published between 1740 and 1940. APS Online provides access to a significant collection of primary source material, particularly valuable for research in history and literature. Here are some samples of the material available in APS Online:
- 89 journals published between 1740 and 1800 offer insights into America’s transition from a British colony to an independent nation. Titles include Massachusetts Magazine, which published America’s first short stories, a letter by George Washington on the crucial Battle of Trenton, and the thoughts of Benjamin Franklin are among the highlights of content from this period.
More than 1,000 titles from the nineteenth century showcasing “the golden age of American periodicals.” Read an account of “A Sabbath at Fort Kearney” to learn more about pioneer life in Kearney. Also available are letters and literary works by noted authors such as Edgar Allan Poe.
This new digital collection was partially funded by an eCampus grant in support of UNK’s growing online/distance education programs. Look for APS Online under the “As” and under the subjects of “History,” “Literature,” or “Primary Sources” from the library’s “Articles & E-Resources” webpage. A list of all the periodical titles within APS Online is available in Excel format.