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Periodicals collection

Identifier: SSC-MS-00537

Scope and Contents

The SSC Periodicals Collection includes over 1,500 titles of current and historical, U.S. and international women's magazines, newsletters, and other serials dating from the 18th century to the present. Among these are Ladies' Companion (1840-1844), Woman's Journal (1870-1916), Lucifer: The Light Bearer (1897-1901), Eugenesia (Mexico, 1943-1945), Church Woman (1943-1949), Black Sash (South Africa, 1958-1972), and popular 20th century magazines such as Vogue (1950-2000) and Cosmopolitan (1953-92). Periodicals of the suffrage and birth control movements, and the mid-twentieth century women's liberation movement are well represented. The latter include titles such as Off Our Backs, Shrew, Rat and Velvet Fist. There are approximately fifty current subscriptions. Holdings range from full-runs to single issues for certain titles. Some titles are on microfilm.

Girl Zines form part of this collection and consist of 9 linear feet (18 boxes) of small, self-published magazines created primarily by young women and girls and share a strong feminist perspective. There is a separate finding aid for the Girl Zines.

Dates of Materials

  • 1784- (ongoing)

Language of Materials

English, French , Spanish , German, other

Conditions Governing Access

Due to their fragility, some materials may not be photocopied.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be copyrighted. Permission must be obtained from the copyright holders and the Sophia Smith Collection to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.


760 linear feet


Periodicals Collection includes over 1,500 titles of current and historical, U.S. and international women's magazines, newsletters, and other serials. Holdings range from full-runs to single subscriptions for certain titles.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The periodicals in this collecion have been donated or purchased from a variety of sources over many years.


Regular additions are made to this collection and may not be reflected in this finding aid.

Existence and Location of Copies

Some periodicals are are available on microfilm; in Sophia Smith Collection or in Neilson Library.

Related Materials

There are many periodicals located in other collections, such as the Margaret Sanger Papers and the Frances Casement Papers. Some are cross-referenced in the list below. See also the extensive list of serials in the YWCA Records, SERIES VI. Publications.

Periodicals collection
Finding Aid
Finding aid prepared by Amy Hague
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Language of description
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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:20-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2019-11-18: Removed listings for material not in the collection
  • 2020-10-05: Added 45 titles
  • 2020-11-03: Added 62 titles
  • 2020-11-17: Added 34 titles, removed 25 duplicate or non-existent titles
  • 2021-01-27: Container and volume information added
  • 2021-06-09: Added Accession 2021-S-0010

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063