EBSCO Free Archives for CRL Members

An announcement from the Center for Research Libraries

Given the increased value of electronic access during the COVID-19 pandemic, CRL has approached a few vendors with the goal of opening access to key primary source collections for CRL members for the remainder of the academic year.  CRL reached out to EBSCO Information Services regarding several of its collections. After speaking with partners, EBSCO was able to gain rights to offer CRL members access to the following collections from April 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020.

EBSCO Information Services is offering CRL members complimentary access to this database through June 30. Patrons can access these resources through their institution’s EBSCO host platform using an on-campus IP address, proxy or VPN.

Article Indexes:


Frick Art Reference Library Periodicals Index, from the renowned Frick Art Reference Library, the Frick Art Reference Library Periodicals Index is an archive of indexed art history journals. Covering Western European and American fine arts and some decorative arts, it indexes prominent international art history periodicals from the mid-1850s through the 1960s.


H.W. Wilson Retrospective Indexes:

  • Applied Science & Technology Source Index Retrospective: 1913-1983
  • Art Index Retrospective: 1929-1984
  • Business Periodicals Index Retrospective: 1913-1982
  • Education Index Retrospective: 1929-1983
  • Humanities Index Retrospective: 1907-1984
  • Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective: 1908-1981
  • Library Literature & Information Science Retrospective: 1905-1983
  • Readers’ Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982
  • Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1983


Magazine Archives


  • Atlantic Magazine Archive: 1857-2014
  • BusinessWeek Magazine Archive: 1929-2000
  • Ebony Magazine Archive: 1945-2014
  • Forbes Magazine Archive: 1917-2000
  • Fortune Magazine Archive: 1930-2000
  • LIFE Magazine Archive: 1936-2000
  • The Nation Magazine Archive: 1865-2020
  • The New Republic Magazine Archive: 1914-2020
  • People Magazine Archive: 1974-2000


Research Databases:


African American Historical Serials Collection, an archive of periodicals documenting African American religious life and culture between 1829 and 1922. It includes newspapers and magazines, plus reports and annuals from African American religious organizations, including churches and social service agencies.


Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection, Series 1 and Series 2, an archive of publications focused on U.S. Hispanic history, literature and culture from colonial times until 1960. Available in two series, Series 1 focuses on the creative life of U.S. Latinos and Hispanics. Series 2 focuses on Hispanic American civil rights, religion and women’s rights from the 18th through the 20th century. Content is written, indexed and searchable in Spanish and English.


Atla Historical Monographs Collection (11 Series) provides history and religious studies researchers with over 10 million pages and 29,000 documents focused on religious thought and practice. Eleven thematic series provide researchers with specialized content spanning from the 13th century through 1922.  The eleven series include:

  • Biblical Research Perspectives, 1516-1922
  • Catholic Engagements with the Modern World, 1487-1918
  • Christian Preaching, Worship, and Piety, 1559-1919
  • Global Religious Traditions, 1760-1922
  • Global Theological Perspectives, 1322-1922
  • Islam in the Modern World, 1804-1918
  • Jewish Studies Perspectives, 1800-1918
  • Missions and Missionaries Around the World, 1611-1922
  • Perspectives on Ancient Civilizations, 1200-1922
  • Religion and Social Change, 1723-1921
  • Religious Leaders and Thinkers, 1516-1922


More information about these EBSCO resources can be found on eDesiderata in our COVID Response list: https://edesiderata.crl.edu/resources/special-access/ebsco .


We have worked with EBSCO to enable access to these collections through your institutional IPs. Many members have already seen the availability of these resources in their EBSCOhost accounts, though if your institution does not allow EBSCO to add access to resources automatically, you may need to remove that restriction. If there are questions on setup, contact EBSCO support (support@ebsco.com, 1-800-758-5995) or your EBSCO representative. You may opt-out if you prefer not to receive access to any of these resources.

This arrangement is specifically for CRL members. We encourage you to add these resources to your COVID-19 response pages and to alert your users to their availability during this period. There are additional resources that EBSCO has made available to the library community at large, which you can find at: https://www.ebsco.com/covid-19-resources.  Please join us in thanking EBSCO for their willing engagement in this effort.


James Simon

Vice President, Collections & Services

Center for Research Libraries

6050 South Kenwood Avenue

Chicago, IL  60637-2804


Tel  773-955-4545 x324

Eml jsimon@crl.edu