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JSTOR offers pre-1923 content free to all

17th to early-20th century material now available in arts, history, science, and more

Posted 03.30.12 by Katherine Cowan

JSTOR page view

Starting in Fall 2011, JSTOR began providing content from its journal archive prior to 1923 in the U.S.A. (and prior to 1870 elsewhere) free of charge to all users.

The archive presents high-quality page images of journals, via PDF files, for online viewing and/or download.

All that JSTOR asks is that any user of the content acknowledge JSTOR as the provider of the content and include a link back to JSTOR's website.

The collection is known as Early Journal Content and includes the following subject areas:
arts ~ philosophy ~ history ~ literature ~ economics ~ politics ~ mathematics ~ sciences

This access is especially exciting for the art and design student because of the wide variety of primary source textual and visual content -- as early as 1665 -- that is available. Many of the journals are still in publication today, and it is fascinating to trace their development over time.

The titles have been added to Decker Library's A-Z Journal List, with links to read the titles within JSTOR's interface. The Early Journal Content can be included in searches that you do in JSTOR, and JSTOR provides this video about the collection, with instructions on how to include it in a search.

Image information
thumbnail: detail of American Art Illustrated cover
this page: page detail from "Chats on Art and Artists in Japan" by Louis Wertheimber. In American Art Illustrated, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Oct., 1886), pp. 4-7. Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25583392