We don’t like to brag, but we have a LOT of interesting materials in the library. Something we have that we picked for today’s #tbt is an impressive backlist for LIFE magazine. LIFE started as a weekly magazine in 1883 and was known as a publication built around captivating photographs. It highlighted culturally-relevant news stories that covered everything from war to celebrity weddings. It’s entertaining to look back and flip through old issues to see what was going on at the time, see how advertising has changed, and to simply look at the pictures.
We have a majority of the back issues of LIFE from 1939-1998. These can be found on the second floor of the main study area (we refer to this room as “the stacks”). They are shelved on the FAR RIGHT side of the stacks with the other older (anything prior to the current year) periodicals (AKA magazines, newspapers, and academic journals). It is shelved alphabetically by title AND the issues of the magazine are big so they’re not hard to find. Feel free to browse to your heart’s content.
Unfortunately copies of LIFE are unavailable for checkout, BUT there’s another way to access this awesome resource. Thanks to Google Books you have access to back issues of the magazine online. It doesn’t give you quite the same experience as actually flipping through the pages, but it comes pretty close. This is an engagingly dangerous way to spend a lot of time 🙂