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Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Periodicals

The Periodicals Collection in the Sophia Smith Collection includes over 1,500 titles of current and historical women's magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and other serials. Among these are Ladies' Companion (1840-44), Woman's Journal (1870-1916), Lucifer: The Light Bearer (1897-1901), Eugenesia (Mexico, 1943-45), Church Woman (1943-49) and Black Sash (South Africa, 1956-72). Early women's liberation periodicals, such as Shrew, Rat, and Velvet Fist are also well represented. There are approximately fifty current subscriptions. Older holdings range from full-runs to single issues for certain titles.

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Girl Zines form part of the Periodicals Collection and consist of 9 linear feet (18 boxes) of small, self-published magazines (known as "zines") created primarily by young women and girls. The collection is comprised primarily of individual issues, mostly dating from the 1990s, and they share a strong feminist perspective. There is a separate finding aid for the Girl Zines.

Many of our periodicals are searchable in the Five College Libraries Catalog, by Journal title, or see the complete title list online.