HarpWeek provides electronic access to Harper’s Weekly, the illustrated 19th century "Journal of Civilization" for a 56-year period: 1857-1912.

Harper's Weekly is perhaps the most important primary resource for examining 19th-century America on a cumulative week-to-week basis. HarpWeek's electronic database makes it possible for the user to discover the lively

  • news stories
  • illustrations
  • cartoons
  • editorials
  • biographies
  • literature
  • and even advertisements that shaped and reflected public opinion in this era.
We have scanned the pages as facsimile Images, then created both Thesaurus-based Indexing and Searchable Full-text which integrate with those pages to provide the user with pinpoint access to precise information, or with a general overview of the period.


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