Notes on collections at the RIHS
Have you been pining for JSTOR? I know I have, and I was delighted by the Early Journal Content. (That’s free online access to content in JSTOR published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870. AS JSTOR says, This “Early Journal Content” includes discourse and scholarship in the arts and humanities, economics and politics, and in mathematics and other sciences.It includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals. This represents 6% of the content on JSTOR.” Read about it here.
But everything else was inaccessible, though tantalizing in search results. Now, JSTOR will make more content available to individuals who do not have JSTOR access through an institution. This is still limited access (even if content wants to be free, content providers have to eat and pay for bandwidth) but it is a fantastic step forward. “Register & Read includes approximately 75 journals from more than 40 publishers, a subset of the content in JSTOR. This includes content from the first volume and issue published for these journals through a recent year (generally 3-5 years ago).” Find out more here.
A search of available content turns up a range of citations:
Internal Factors Influencing Egg Production in the Rhode Island Red Breed of Domestic Fowl. III
H. D. Goodale
The American Naturalist, Vol. 52, No. 618/619 (Jun. – Jul., 1918), pp. 301-321
An Account of a Meteor Seen in New England, and of a Whirlwind Felt in That Country: In a Letter to the Rev. Tho. Birch, D. D. Secretary to the Royal Society, from Mr. John Winthrop, Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge in New England
Philosophical Transactions (1683-1775), Vol. 52, (1761 – 1762), pp. 6-16
Accessible history: that’s always a good thing.
~ Kirsten Hammerstrom, Director of Collections