American Periodicals, from the Center for Research Libraries, comes to the Evanston Public Library through a generous donation by the Malkinson Family. American Periodicals contains digitized, full text copies of 387 publications spanning the 19th century through the dawn of the 20th century. The collection contains special interest and general magazines, labor and trade publications, scientific and literary journals, and photographic periodicals, as well as other historically significant titles. Key titles include: American Annual of Photography; The Craftsman; Electrical Age; Hampton’s Magazine;The Labor Journal; Popular Science; Woman’s Protest Against Woman Suffrage; and many more.
Because the database contains digitized images of periodical pages, researchers can see all of the original typography, drawings, graphic elements, and article layouts exactly as they were originally published. For more information, or for help using American Periodicals, please call the Reference Desk at 847-448-8630, or use the online chat whenever the library is open.
Contains the full text of the Defender from 1989 to the present.
The Evanston Public Library is pleased to announce a new online history resource aimed at expanding the public’s knowledge of local and African American history. The Chicago Defender, one of the most respected and well–known black news sources, chronicles decades of events and stories relevant to Chicago and Evanston’s African American community. Now, Evanston residents have direct access to the early and mid-century Chicago Defender issues online.
The complete full text of this legendary paper, from 1910-1975, including every obituary, photo, advertisement and article, is available to any Evanston resident with a library card.
For any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Reference Desk at 847-448-8630.
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Read the full text (minus photos and illustrations) of today’s Chicago Tribune, or browse issues back to 1980.
Chicago Tribune Historical Archives are also available.
Select Chicago Daily Tribune in the “Publications” drop-down box to search the Tribune from the 1849-1996. Includes display ads, classified ads, obituaries, and more.
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The Evanston History Center Historic Newspaper Collection consists of digitized and edited images from the microfilm collection of Evanston newspapers at EHC. The images span the dates 1872-1922 and are from three separate newspapers published during those years: the Evanston Index (June 6, 1872 to December 19, 1914), the Evanston Daily News (April 1, 1912 to December 31, 1914), and the Evanston News-Index (January 1, 1915 to December 30, 1922). Though the EHC newspaper collection includes later images (both in hard copy and microfilm) only issues from before 1923 were digitized to avoid any copyright restrictions.
This digitization project was completed during the summers of 2015-2017 by graduate students of Northwestern University (NU) and was sponsored by the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies at NU. Project collaborators were: the Evanston History Center, the Northwestern Library, and the History Department at Northwestern. Substantial technical assistance was provided by the NU library and its staff, with special thanks to Peter Burtch and Josh Honn. NU graduate students who managed the project’s work were Sam Kling (who initiated the project), Bonnie Ernst, and Beth Healey. Users should be aware that a test showed that the search capability of the images is only 40-45% due to the condition of the original newspapers (when microfilmed) and the condition of the microfilm images
Gateway to several periodical databases and library catalogs, including OCLC’s WorldCat catalog of library holdings nationwide.
Use your Evanston Public Library card to check out digital copies of over 35 current magazine titles to read for free using your browser or mobile device. Flipster can be accessed from any internet browser or you can download the Flipster app to read offline on your iOS, Android or Kindle Fire. Magazines in the collection are always available, checkout times vary from 3 days to 1 month, depending on the magazine. There is no limit to the number of magazines you can borrow at a time.
A broad collection of news articles, magazines, books, academic journals, images and video that support general interest research and exploration.