More than 200 years ago, the American Antiquarian Society was founded and has been recognized as a major source for U.S. primary sources published pre-1876, housing the single largest collection of Americana from the Colonial period into the twentieth-century. Now, Gale and the Society have entered an exclusive partnership to digitize the Society’s current and future periodical holdings. By including the Society’s holdings alongside our existing collections, Gale fulfills a core mission: to develop outstanding research collections for use by scholars and students in universities and libraries worldwide. Pairing the Society’s American periodical holdings with Gale’s pioneering primary source interrogation tools opens new research opportunities. Users will have new ways to explore and interact with this unrivaled collection of journals, periodicals, and magazines documenting the American people from the Colonial Era through the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the twentieth century.



As part of this historic partnership, Gale is extending complementary access to more than six million pages of American periodicals—providing a level of access to American history that was previously unavailable.

Any institution that owns at least one Gale Primary Source collection is eligible to receive full, free access to American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection, Series 1-5, a treasure trove of journals, magazines, and periodicals for undergraduate and advanced researchers alike. The collection offers a highly comprehensive documentary history of the American experience spanning four centuries with multiple perspectives on the thought, culture, and society of North America. These periodicals present history through the eyes of those who experienced it, showing its impact on citizens from all walks of life.

Platform Features & Tools

Gale Technology Unleashes New Potential

Though this content has been previously published and sold commercially, Gale is providing additional value to the complementary content through the Gale Primary Sources platform. The platform, created to support historical research, features visual search tools, robust metadata to power those searches, and advanced browse functionality.

Removing Barriers to Digital Scholarship

Digital humanists will be delighted to discover this content will be available for text-analysis in Gale’s Digital Scholar Lab—a new, cloud-based research environment that brings historical content together with text analysis tools to remove barriers to digital scholarship. Providing this content in an environment where researchers can build a custom corpus of text for analysis adds immense value to the content and creates new research opportunities.

Newly Digitized Titles Now Available

Together with the American Antiquarian Society, Gale has created American Historical Periodicals from the American Antiquarian Society, Series 6, a new collection of 550,000 pages of never-before-digitized periodicals to extend the coverage of parts 1-5 more firmly into the twentieth-century while filling key gaps with more than 150 newly-digitized titles never-before-available online.

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