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American News Magazines – Politics – Magazine Archives Online
The American Mercury – Magazine Archives Online
1924-1978 at Internet Archive (Black & White)
An American magazine published from 1924 to 1981; this online magazine archives has issues through the 1950s. It was founded as the brainchild of H. L. Mencken and drama critic George Jean Nathan. The magazine featured writing by some of the most important writers in the United States through the 1920s and 1930s. After a change in ownership in the 1940s, the magazine attracted conservative writers. A second change in ownership a decade later turned the magazine into a virulently anti-Semitic publication. It was published monthly in New York City. The magazine went out of business in 1981, having spent the last 25 years of its existence in decline and controversy.” – Wikipedia. Free vintage news magazine to read online, magazine archives online. American Mercury Magazine.
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The American Spectator – Magazine Archives Online
American Spectator Magazine Website
1972-2013 at Internet Archive (Black & White)
“The American Spectator magazine is a conservative U.S. website (and formerly a monthly magazine) covering news and politics, edited by Emmett Tyrrell and published by the non-profit American Spectator Foundation.” – Wikipedia. American Spectator magazine back issues free. Magazine archives online.
Atlantic Monthly Magazine – Magazine Archives Online
U.S., Atlantic Monthly
The bound volumes here, which are all incorrectly labeled as 1993, start at approximately Vol 268 (1991) and go through about Vol 292 (2003), and are not in chronological order.
For more than 160 years, The Atlantic has been the premier magazine for coverage and analysis of current events, international affairs, and culture. A great deal has changed since Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, and Harriet Beecher Stowe planned the first issue in 1857. But since its inception, The Atlantic has given voice to some of the most provocative ideas of its time, from Henry David Thoreau’s blunt naturalism to Martin Luther King’s calls for justice. Today, the magazine maintains an unwavering commitment to publishing authors whose ideas help move society forward. Magazines read online free. Vintage magazines online.
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Black World/Negro Digest – Magazine Archives Online
“The Negro Digest, later renamed Black World, was a magazine for the African-American market. Founded in November 1942 by publisher John H. Johnson, founder of Johnson Publishing Company, it was first published locally in Chicago, Illinois.” – Wikipedia. Black World Magazine back issues.
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Blackwood’s Magazine – Magazine Archives Online
Issues 1817 (vol 2) – 1927 at HathiTrust
Issues 1817-1980 at Internet Archive (Black & White)
Edinburgh, Scotland: Blackwood
Launched in 1817 by publisher William Blackwood and originally called the ‘Edinburgh Monthly Magazine’, Blackwood’s was an outlet for aggressive Tory (Conservative party) political views. It contained satire, reviews and criticism, as well as poetry and literary works. It ceased publication in 1980, having remained under Blackwood family ownership for its entire active life. – from info in Wikipedia. Read magazines online free.
Collier’s National Weekly – Magazine Archives Online
1926-1957 at UNZ
The volumes below are at Internet ArchiveOct-Dec 1942 – Jan-Mar 1943 – Jul-Sep 1943 – Jul-Sep 1947
Oct-Dec 1947 – Apr-Jun 1948 – Jan-Mar 1949 – Apr-Jun 1949
Jul-Sep 1950 – Nov-Dec 1952 – Jan-Feb 1953 – Apr-Jun 1956
Collier’s magazine was an American weekly, founded in 1888 by Peter Fenelon Collier, who was a pioneer in investigative journalism. For decades it had a reputation for being politically progressive, and became by 1919 one of the most popular magazines in the U.S. It reached a circulation of 2.8 million by 1946, but began a decline in the early ’50s. It changed to a bi-weekly in August 1953, and ceased publication in January 1957. – from Wikipedia. Colliers magazine back issues. Magazine archives online.
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Columbia Journalism Review – Magazine Archives Online
Columbia Journalism Review Magazine Website
NY: Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
“Columbia Journalism Review’s mission is to encourage and stimulate excellence in journalism in the service of a free society. It is both a watchdog and a friend of the press in all its forms, from newspapers to magazines to radio, television, and the Web. The magazine is published six times a year, and offers a deliberative mix of reporting, analysis, criticism, and commentary.” – CJR website. Columbia Journalism Review free online, free news magazines.
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The Crisis – Magazine Archives Online
The Crisis Magazine Website
Vol 1 (1910) – Vol 2 (1911)
“The Crisis magazine is the official magazine of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). It was founded in 1910 by W. E. B. Du Bois (editor), Oswald Garrison Villard, J. Max Barber, Charles Edward Russell, Kelly Miller, W. S. Braithwaite, and Mary Dunlop Maclean. The Crisis has been in continuous print since 1910, and it is the oldest black oriented magazine in the world.” – Wikipedia. The Crisis magazine back issues. Magazine archives online.
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Ebony – Magazine Archives Online
Ebony Magazine Website
Ebony magazine archive. “Ebony is a monthly magazine for the African-American market. It was founded by John H. Johnson in Chicago and has published continuously since the autumn of 1945. In 2016 Johnson sold the publication to private equity firm Clear View Group.” -Wikipedia. Ebony magazine free online, Ebony magazine back issues.
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The Economist – Magazine Archives Online
1843-2004 (Black & White)
UK – The Economist Group
Founded in England in 1843. A weekly news magazine that “takes an editorial stance of classical and economic liberalism that supports free trade, globalisation, free immigration and cultural liberalism.” – Wikipedia. Old Economist magazines. Vintage magazine archive.
Foreign Affairs: An American Quarterly Review – Magazine Archives Online
1922-1961 at Internet Archive (Black & White)
NY: Council on Foreign Relations
“An American magazine of international relations and U.S. foreign policy published by the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership organization and think tank specializing in U.S. foreign policy and international affairs. Considered one of the most influential foreign policy magazines in the U.S. Founded 1922.” – Wikipedia. Read free online old magazines. Magazines from 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s.
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Harper’s – Magazine Archives Online
Vol 1 (1850) – Vol 155 (1927) Incomplete
More issues before 1923
1815 to 2015
The collection that includes modern issues, in the last links, unfortunately does not show the years of the bound volumes. “Harper’s Magazine is a monthly magazine of literature, politics, culture, finance, and the arts. Launched in June 1850, it is the second-oldest continuously published monthly magazine in the U.S. – Wikipedia. Free back issues of magazines. Vintage magazine archive.
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In These Times – Magazine Archives Online
In These Times Magazine Website
“In These Times magazine provides readers with investigative reporting, provocative essays, debates about our political future and news straight from the frontlines. In These Times reports on the upcoming legislative battles, current progressive political strategies and international news you need to know. This monthly news magazine is an indispensable alternative to the mainstream media for readers seeking an independent analysis of contemporary events and an in-depth look at issues that others ignore. ” – In These Times Magazine. In These Times magazine online archive.
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Life Magazine – Magazine Archives Online
1883-1957 at Internet Archive (Black & White)
Vol 1 (Jan-Jun 1883-1923. Life magazine archives online. Nearly all volumes in the range appear to be at the first link. Vol 1 (Nov 1936)- Vol 73 (Dec 1972) are at the second link, on a site provided by the magazine.
Life was published as a weekly magazine from 1883 to 1972. It was initially a humor and general interest / light entertainment magazine, similar to the British magazine Puck. In 1936 it was acquired by Henry Luce, who changed the focus to news and particularly to photojournalism. Life magazine online archive, Life magazine back issues free.
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Maclean’s Magazine Back Issues –
Maclean’s Magazine Website
Toronto – Rogers Media
“Canada’s National Magazine”. “Examines the impact of Canadian and world news events, trends and issues from a Canadian perspective. Network of correspondents and bureaus across Canada and around the world contribute to weekly sections on politics, business, entertainment, sports, leisure, science, health and technology.” – Maclean’s Magazine. Maclean’s magazine back issues free. Free news magazines archive online.
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London, UK: TME Media
Very little information was found about this magazine. It appears to have been terminated in 2014.
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Mother Jones – Magazine Archives Online
Mother Jones Magazine Website
“Mother Jones magazine is a nonprofit magazine and news outlet that delivers original award-winning reporting on the urgent issues of our day, from politics and climate change to education and the food we eat. We investigate stories that are in the public’s interest. From revelatory scoops to deep-dive investigations, Mother Jones inspires 9 million monthly readers of our print, digital, and online journalism.” – Mother Jones Magazine. Mother Jones magazine free back issues. Magazine archives online.
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The Nation – Vintage Magazine Archive Free
1865-1961 at Internet Archive (Black & White)
The Nation is the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the U.S., and was a successor to abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison’s Liberator. It was established in 1865 in Manhattan, and established a reputation for taking on reform causes. In 1881 it was acquired by Henry Villard, who transformed it into a weekly literary supplement for his daily newspaper New York Evening Post. -from info at Wikipedia.
“The Nation is America’s oldest weekly magazine and is independently published. The Nation speaks to an engaged audience as a champion of civil liberties, human rights, and economic justice.” – The Nation Magazine. Magazines from 1800s to 1950s. Free old magazines download.
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The New Republic; A Journal of Opinion – Vintage Magazine Archive
Vol 1 (1914) – Vol 36 (1923)
1914-1961 (Black & White)
“An American magazine of commentary on politics, contemporary culture, and the arts. Founded in 1914 by several leaders of the progressive movement, it attempted to find a balance between “a liberalism centered in humanitarian and moral passion and one based in an ethos of scientific analysis” – Wikipedia. Magazines from 1910s 1920s.
New York Times Daily Newspaper – New York Times Online Archive Free
New York Times Website
New York Times Index 1913-1925
1854-1927 at Internet Archive (Black & White)
NY: NY Times
The New York Times is an American daily newspaper, founded in 1851. It has long been regarded in the industry as a ‘newspaper of record’. – Wikipedia. New York Times online archive free, New York Times 1800s.
New York Magazine Online Free – Online Magazine Archive
New York Magazine Website
“New York magazine is an American biweekly magazine concerned with life, culture, politics, and style generally, and with a particular emphasis on New York City. Founded by Milton Glaser and Clay Felker in 1968 as a competitor to The New Yorker, it was brasher and less polite, and established itself as a cradle of New Journalism. Over time, it became more national in scope, publishing many noteworthy articles on American culture by writers such as Tom Wolfe, Jimmy Breslin, Nora Ephron, John Heilemann, Frank Rich, and Rebecca Traister.” – Wikipedia. New York magazine back issues free.
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The New Yorker Magazine – Magazines Archive Online
The New Yorker Magazine Website
2015 to 2020
1836-1977 at Internet Archive (Black & White)
U.S. – Conde Nast
“Don’t miss the New Yorker’s famous fiction and poetry, book and film review, its incisive looks at politics, people and the way we live, and of course, those CARTOONS. In-depth reporting, surprising opinions, sharp wit, the best in prose, poetry, and the visual arts.” New Yorker magazine online archive. Free politics magazines.
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Newsweek – Vintage Magazine Archive
U.S. – Newsweek
“This weekly news magazine covers the national and global news front through news, commentary and analysis. It includes national and international affairs, business, lifestyle, society, the arts, politics, the economy, personal business, the Washington scene, health, science and technology.” – Newsweek Magazine. Magazines from 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, etc. Free old magazines download.
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Reader’s Digest – Magazine Archives Online
Reader’s Digest Magazine Website
1922-1927 at Internet Archive (Black & White)
U.S. – Trusted Media Brands
“Every month, Reader’s Digest Magazine comes out with what’s new in health, books, humor, food, and more. Reader’s Digest is easy to read, with colorful art, smart features, and a handsome layout with plenty of room for all the latest in the areas that matter to you.” – Readers Digest Magazine. Readers Digest magazine back issues free. Magazine archives online.
Rolling Stone Magazine Free Online – Magazine Archives Online
Rolling Stone Magazine Website
Rolling Stone 1968-2022
Rolling Stone Index for 1967-1991
U.S. – Penske Media Corp.
“Rolling Stone magazine is a cultural icon. It’s the number one pop culture reference point for 13 million young adults. In addition to its authoritative position in music, Rolling Stone’s sphere of influence reaches into entertainment, movies, television, technology, and national affairs. Rolling Stone covers everything that’s important, trend-setting, and newsworthy to the thought leaders among young adults.” – Rolling Stone Magazine. Rolling Stone magazine free back issues, magazine archives online.
Warsaw Institute Website
Russia Monitor Monthly 2017- Present
Warsaw, Poland: Warsaw Institute
A monthly magazine from the Warsaw Institute in Poland, which describes itself as the first conservative geopolitical think tank in Poland.
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1986-1998 (Google Books)
1986-1998 (Internet Archive)
“It’s pretty safe to say that Spy magazine was the most influential magazine of the 1980s. It might have remade New York’s cultural landscape; it definitely changed the whole tone of magazine journalism. It was cruel, brilliant, beautifully written and perfectly designed, and feared by all. There’s no magazine I know of that’s so continually referenced, held up as a benchmark, and whose demise is so lamented” –Dave Eggers. Spy Magazine back issues. Online magazine archives.
Washington, DC: U.S. Department of State
A monthly magazine published by the U.S. Department of State mainly for its employees. Contains articles about activities and news at State, and profiles domestic offices and overseas posts.
Time Magazine – Magazine Archives Online
Time Magazine Website
1923-1933 Black & White + Indexes
U.S. – TIME USA, LLC, owned by Marc Benioff
“Offering a rare convergence of incisive reporting, lively writing and world-renowned photography, Time magazine has been credited with bringing journalism at its best into the fabric of American life.” – Time Magazine. Time Magazine back issues, Time Magazine online free. Online magazine archives.
The Link for 1923-1933 also contains nearly all indexes (but not magazines) for 1934-1961, plus some indexes for 1967-1974./span>
Vanity Fair Magazine – Magazine Archives Online
Current Digital Issue of Vanity Fair Magazine
1980s and 1990s
Each volume contains several issues. “Written for the reader who appreciates expert storytelling and dynamic articles that sometimes spark a debate, Vanity Fair Magazine covers a wide range of topics such as fashion, politics, travel, business, design, and more. Originally published briefly in 1913 and combined with Vogue magazine in 1936, Vanity Fair as it appears today was revived in 1983.” – Vanity Fair Magazine. Vanity Fair magazine back issues. Online magazine archives.
The Washington Monthly – Political Magazines Online
Washington Monthly Magazine Website
“The Washington Monthly magazine is a bimonthly nonprofit magazine of United States politics and government that is based in Washington, D.C. The magazine is known for its annual ranking of American colleges and universities, which serves as an alternative to the Forbes and U.S. News & World Report rankings”. -Wikipedia. Washington Monthly free archive. Online magazine archives.
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Weekly Standard – Online Magazine Archive
Weekly Standard Magazine Website
U.S.: News Corporation
“The Weekly Standard magazine was an American political magazine of news, analysis and commentary, published 48 times per year. Originally edited by founders Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes, the Standard had been described as a “redoubt of neoconservatism” and as “the neocon bible.” In 2009, News Corporation sold the magazine to a subsidiary of the Anschutz Corporation. On December 14, 2018, its owners announced that the magazine was ceasing publication, with the last issue published on December 17.” – Wikipedia. The Weekly Standard archive free. Online magazine archives.