Sports Illustrated Magazine Archive

Sports Illustrated Magazine Archive presents an extensive collection of the popular sports magazine dating from its very first issue in August 1954 through December 2000, presented in a comprehensive cover-to-cover format. 

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At a Glance


Content Includes:

  • Coverage from 1954– 2000
  • More than 2,500 issues

Subjects Covered:

  • Professional sports  
  • Amateur sports
  • High school and college athletics
  • Celebrity culture of athletes
  • Biographies of athletes and other sports figures

Published by Time Inc., Sports Illustrated has aimed to chronicle the weekly events in the world of sports.  Each issue originally focused on more upper-class sporting activities such as polo and boating, but in the 1960s the magazine expanded its focus to include the increasingly popular professional sports of baseball, football, and, eventually, basketball.

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. Sports Illustrated 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 Sports History and Culture

Cover: Sports Illustrated - August 1991
August 1991
Cover: Sports Illustrated - May 1973
May 1973
Cover: Sports Illustrated Magazine Archive
August 1954