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I am a bit stumped about how to track down something interesting that I read in a particular article. In the article "Cliometrics and the Colleges: The Campus Condition 1880 to 1910" by John R. Thelin, he mentions that "during [the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries] going to college was a source of prestige--an experience which acquired a strong mystique among the American public. Readers of such nationally circulated periodicals as Century, Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, McClure's, and Scribner's were treated every fortnight to 'inside stories' that provided glimpses of student life at Amherst, Wellesley, Stanford, Princeton, Yale or Harvard" (436).

 

However, Mr. Thelin does not reference any such articles by name! I think it would be really fascinating to read such articles about Harvard at the turn on the century for my thesis chapter on The Sound and the Fury, but attempting to find them so far (granted, I only got so far as Atlantic Monthly) has been like searching for a needle in a haystack! Do you have any advice about how I could possibly track these articles down?

 


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  1. American Periodicals Series. These are pdf images of American magazines written during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Databases A-Z or English under Primary Sources.

    Go to APS; Advanced Search. Top line, change to Publication title. Then click Look up publication. Select the link for the title you want to search, such as Harpers. It will populate that blank in the correct format.

    Second line: Harvard – Citation and document text is broad; narrower is Citation and abstract (which means closer to the top of the article and more relevant)

    Third line: if necessary – student* or life  -- Perhaps when you find a good representative article you’ll get a better idea of the wording they used during that time period. Limiting to these words may be too narrow.

    I limited by search by date range.

    Let me know if you have further questions.

     

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