Life Magazine Archive

Life Magazine Archive presents an extensive collection of the famed photojournalism magazine, spanning its very first issue in November 1936 through December 2000 in a comprehensive cover-to-cover format.  

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At a Glance


Content Includes:

  • More than 2,200 issues
  • Coverage from 1936 to 2000

Subjects Covered:

  • National and international events
  • Topical stories
  • Award-winning photojournalism
  • Politics
  • Popular culture
  • History of business
  • Advertising and photography

Published by Time Inc., the magazine has featured story-telling through documentary photographs and informative captions. Each issue visually and powerfully depicted national and international events and topical stories, providing intimate views of real people and their real life situations. 

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. Life 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.

Research 20th-Century Events, Politics and Culture

Cover: Life Magazine - September 1956
September 1956
Cover: Life Magazine - April 1948
April 1948
Cover: Life Magazine Archive
November 1936