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Time Magazine Archives, 1923-2000

Time magazine was America’s first news weekly and for most of its history was also the most widely circulated and influential.  It was designed to reach the widest possible audience and to provide succinct coverage of a wide range of subjects.

Articles and cover pages are fully indexed and advertisements are individually identified, ensuring researchers and readers can quickly and accurately locate the information they seek. The Time Magazine Archive is valuable to researchers of 20th-Century current events, politics and culture, as well as those interested in the history of business, advertising, and popular culture.

The Library also provides access to The March of Time, a newsreel produced monthly from 1935-1951. The editors of Time Magazine described it as “pictorial journalism,” and included reporting, on-location shots, and dramatic reenactments. The March of Time’s relationship to the newsreel was compared to the weekly interpretive news magazine’s relationship to the daily newspaper.

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