Readers’ Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982

Readers’ Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 is a digital archive of the Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature, the ultimate index of subjects in the popular press. Hailed by Library Journal as one of the "50 Best Reference Sources for the Millennium," it offers all information from 44 Readers’ Guide annuals.

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At a Glance


Subject Area: Multidisciplinary
Ideal For: Academic Libraries

Title List:
Coverage: Excel | HTML

Content Includes:

  • All the information from 44 Readers’ Guide annuals
  • ​Over 3 million articles, many peer-reviewed, from over 550 leading magazines

Coverage of History-Making Events Including:

  • Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon, and the Mars Viking landing
  • Leonard Bernstein’s farewell performance at the New York Philharmonic
  • The impeachment and resignation of Richard M. Nixon
  • The end of the Vietnam War
  • The Irish potato famine of the 19th century
  • The Three Mile Island nuclear plant disaster
  • The break-up of the Beatles
  • Movie phenomena—Star Wars and The Godfather
  • Early attempts to combat global warming; Earth Day
  • Voting rights for 18-year-olds
  • Riots at Attica Prison
  • The end of Franco’s dictatorship in Spain
  • Papal elections — John Paul I and John Paul II
  • Panama Canal treaties