Posted by Carter on May 11, 2010
Issues of Life Magazine from 1936-1972 are available digitally from the Google Books project. This is a great publication to study to get a feeling for historical and visual trends in fashion, photography, interiors, world events, and more.
Most of us are familiar with the term “American Century,” but chances are few of us have been able to read Henry Luce’s defining editorial in its original context, a 1941 issue of LIFE. You’ll be able to find and read Leonard McCombe’s iconic cover and photo essay on a Texas Cowboy and Richard Meryman’s famous last interview with Marilyn Monroe. You can find a 1968 cover story on Georgia O’Keeffe (which you may want to read if you’re visiting the Whitney Museum anytime soon).
You’ll even find Alfred Eisenstadt’s famous photo of the sailor kissing the nurse in Times Square on VJ Day in 1945.
For issues not included in Google’s digital library, you can rely on the Library’s collection of LIFE Magazines. If you ever want to make high-resolution scans, we have many of the original volumes from 1962-69, and 1980-2000 in storage. Just request them at the front desk! Additionally, our ProQuest research database can help you determine which issues relate to your research subject. ProQuest has citations and abstracts for each issue published from 1986-2000.
Click here to get stared searching Google Books’ issues online!
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