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Online Access to Time Magazine Archive and National Geographic Magazine Archive is Now Available to all Pennsylvanians, along with Three New Primary Source Collections.

Pennsylvania’s Department of Education/Office of Commonwealth Libraries is pleased to announce new e-resources are available in POWER Library. The additions to POWER Library are for all Pennsylvanians and include online access to Time Magazine, National Geographic, and 3 primary source archives that will support the research needs of 6th-12th graders. The new e-resources join a collection of over 25 e-resources available. Susan Banks, Pennsylvania’s Deputy Secretary of Education, Commissioner for Libraries, and State Librarian, noted that, “These iconic magazines and primary source archive collections provide all Pennsylvanians with access to over a century of U.S. and world history. Students, researchers, and those with a general interest in history, society, science, nature, and more, will have additional support for their academic success and personal growth. I am particularly delighted to announce that we have purchased perpetual access to this content – it’ll be available to Pennsylvanians for generations to come!”

The Time Magazine Archive is available from its first issue in March 1923 through December 2000, and the National Geographic Magazine Archive is available from 1888 through 2020. The primary source archive collections include a series of Introduction To U.S. History archives; The American Revolution, The Civil War, and Slavery in America.

All that is needed to use these resources is a public library card, or residents may obtain an eCard directly from

Here is a brief description of each new e-resource:

National Geographic Magazine Archive 1888-2020
This iconic monthly publication provides unparalleled, in-depth coverage of society, cultures, nature, science, technology, travel, geography, and more — making it an essential resource for educators and students as well as general readers. This resource include complete, unlimited access to the magazine main content through 2020 — every article from every issue, each fully searchable through an intuitive interface. Included are the the vivid photographs and historic articles as well as engaging videos and detailed maps. Explore the most recognized name in exploration and discovery, with comprehensive, relevant articles, legendary photographs, maps, and map supplements, the iconic magazine documents life on our planet and beyond, interpreting the world through the lens of personal story and experience.

Time Magazine Archive 1923-2000
This archive presents an extensive collection of the prominent weekly news magazine dating back to its first issue in March 1923 through December 2000, presented in a comprehensive cover-to-cover format. The 4,000 issues include reports of national and international current events, politics, sports, and entertainment. Capturing the relevant news for a given week, the magazine remains an important resource for researchers studying just about any aspect of 20th-Century history and life. The archive is valuable to researchers and students of 20th-Century current events, politics and culture, as well as those interested in the history of business, advertising, and popular culture.

Introduction to U.S. History: The American Revolution
This resource documents the revolution and war that created the United States Of America, from the Paris peace treaty in 1763 through the early protests in 1785 to the Paris peace treaty of 1783. The collection examines the political, social, and intellectual upheaval of the age, as well as the actual war for American independence through its eight long years of conflict. A wealth of material from European point of view is included. The archive tells the whole story of the American Revolution – the experiences of commanders and common soldiers, women and slaves, American Indians and Loyalists are all recorded. A variety of primary source documents – personal narratives and memoirs, political pamphlets and speeches, sermons and poems, legislative journals and popular magazines, maps, and more.

Introduction to U.S. History: The Civil War
This resource documents the war that transformed America, ended slavery, and unified the nation around the principles of freedom. The collection examines the war and all its complexity – its causes and consequences and its leaders and common soldiers, the home front, and the military campground, and more. Included are a variety of primary source documents – personal narratives and memoirs, pamphlets and political speeches, sermons and songs, regimental histories and photograph albums, legal treatises, and children’s books—unveiling a time when friends were enemies, and the United States was torn in half. Every aspect of the Civil War is covered: military, diplomatic, cultural, and legal history as well as special areas of study, including Southern history, African American history, medical history, technology history, and more.

Introduction to U.S. History: Slavery in America
This resource provides a significant account of the issue of slavery and its impact on American society and culture. It documents key aspects of the history of slavery in the United States, from its origins in Africa to its abolition, including materials on the slave trade, plantation life, emancipation, pro-slavery and anti-slavery arguments, religions views on slavery, and other related topics.

This digital archive provides access to a wide variety of documents – personal narratives, political speeches, sermons, plays, songs, poetic and fictional works, and more – published from the time of the transatlantic slave trade to the post-Civil War period.

Find these new e-resources and many more at

About POWER Library:
POWER Library is Pennsylvania’s premier online portal for a wealth of resources, tracing its roots back to Benjamin Franklin’s establishment of the nation’s first public library. Championed by the PA Department of Education/Office of Commonwealth Libraries, it offers residents access to a vast collection of books, newspapers, magazines, journals, historical archives, online databases, eBooks, and 24/7 chat sessions with librarians.  POWER Library is made possible in part by federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Library Access funds administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries. It serves as the go-to hub for trustworthy information, whether researching, exploring ancestry, or seeking career guidance. Discover more at