I’d like to share yesterday’s post by Diane L. Richard on the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Blog. As I’ve mentioned many times on this blog NGS is a tremendous resource for anyone interested in family history research.  This particular blog post is about JSTOR, which is a service provided by a non-profit organization called  ITHAKA. The goal of JSTOR is  to help the academic community use digital technologies to preserve scholarly records and to advance research and teaching in ways that will last.  When you visit the JSTOR website You’ll find an easy to use interface. The NGS blog post is as follows:

JSTOR announced in September that it is making journal content in JSTOR published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world. 

“This “Early Journal Content” includes discourse and scholarship in the arts and humanities, economics and politics, and in mathematics and other sciences.  It includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals. This represents 6% of the content on JSTOR.

While JSTOR currently provides access to scholarly content to people through a growing network of more than 7,000 institutions in 153 countries, we also know there are independent scholars and other people that we are still not reaching in this way.  Making the Early Journal Content freely available is a first step in a larger effort to provide more access options to the content on JSTOR for these individuals.

The Early Journal Content will be released on a rolling basis beginning today. A quick video tutorial about how to access this content is also available.

This list by discipline helps identify which publications might be of most interest to genealogists. Some of the gem titles I spotted (e.g. these are publications with articles which I have always wanted to be able to view and didn’t have access to!) are:

o       The William and Mary Quarterly

o       The Wisconsin Magazine of History

o       The South Carolina Historical Magazine

o       Several other “state” historical magazines

Here’s the link to the National Genealogical Societyblog Upfront with NGS. There are links to JSTOR in the post and you can also click on the graphic to go to the research page. You can also find a link to JSTOR in my Blogroll.



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1 Comment on Amazing resource free to anyone in the world, JSTOR journal content

  1. Tin Lizzie says:

    Thanks for passing this along. It’s a fantastic resource.

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