Scientific American's online archive to 1845 goes live
Readers can now revisit original reports of Alexander Graham Bell's invention of the telephone and Thomas Edison's invention of the light bulb. Scientific American's complete archive, back to volume 1, issue 1, is now available on nature.com. To celebrate the completion of the Scientific American archive on nature.com, the 1845-1909 archive collection will be free to all to access from 1-30 November 2011. Published since 1845, Scientific American is the longest continually published magazine in the U.S.
This collection, from Scientific American's inaugural issue in August 1845 through December 1909, completes the Scientific American archive available to institutional customers on nature.com. Users can now access over 160 years of historic medical and technological advancements, scientific discoveries and research.
Scientific American founded the first branch of the U.S. Patent Agency, in 1850, to provide technical help and legal advice to inventors. The 1845-1909 collection chronicles major inventions, including the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876 and the incandescent light bulb by Thomas Edison in 1879. Other highlights include coverage of New York City's first subway in 1870, a special issue in 1899 dedicated to bicycles and automobiles, and Wilbur Wright's completion of a three-mile flight at Kitty Hawk, South Carolina. In all, the 1845-1909 collection contains more than 75,000 articles.
Site license access to Scientific American's online archive can be purchased as four collections:
- August 1845-December 1909 (approximately 75,000 articles).
- January 1910- December 1947 (approximately 38,300 articles).
- January 1948- December 1992 (approximately 15,800 articles).
- January 1993- December 2005 (approximately 4,600 articles).
Collections contain content from Scientific American and Scientific American Mind, beginning with its premier issue in December 2004/January 2005, plus all Special Issues. The articles are available as PDFs.
The Scientific American archive is an integrated part of the nature.com platform. All users can browse the archive online. The archive is searchable by keyword, author, article title or DOI for refined results. Alternatively, users can also browse by year and issue.
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Scientific American's archive years 1910-1947 now available online (press release 6 May 2011)
Scientific American's archive to 1948 is now available online (press release 5 May 2010)
Site license access to Scientific American available on nature.com (press release 28 October 2009)
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