DeGolyer Library holds a strong collection of rare and specialized periodicals. We subscribe to several hundred journals, most in the fields of western history, railroad history, business history, the history of photography, and bibliography. Such titles as the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, the UP Streamliner, Stereo World, and Book History help researchers and staff interpret our collections, place our materials in historical context, and suggest new lines of inquiry.
Historical files range from the publications of learned societies, such as the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (London, 1666-1860) to the pulp magazines of the 20th century, such as Ranch Romances (Chicago, 1929-1955).
The variety of subject matter in the following rare titles is typical of the periodical collection as a whole. DeGolyer holds religious periodicals such as The Nevada Pulpit (Carson, Nev., 1874) and the Pacific Christian Advocate (Portland, Ore., 1884). Business periodicals are avidly sought, for the light they shed on the development of commerce. Here researchers will find such works as the Merchants’ Intelligencer. And New York Weekly Record of General Information, Business, and Amusement (New York, 1833). We also collect specimens of American humor, such as the Arkansaw Thomas Cat (Hot Springs, Ark., 1892), a periodical with the motto: “God help the rich, the poor can beg.” Agricultural journals, such as The Texas Wool Grower (Ft. Worth, Tex., 1883-1884) and The Cattleman (Fort Worth, 1914- ), have their place as well. Fraternal magazines, general interest magazines, trade publications, and literary magazines are also collected and preserved.
At times we may have complete runs of titles, such as the case with The Argonaut (San Francisco, 1870-1955), which affords researchers the chance to trace broad cultural change over time. At other times, we may have only a single issue or two. A case in point is The Hallaquah (Wyandotte Mission, Grand River, Indian Territory), for which we have issues for January, March and April 1880. Held by only two other libraries, this title was edited and published by Ida Johnson, Lula Walker and Arizona Jackson, Quaker missionaries in Indian Territory. Some of the short articles are written by Indian children, such as the one entitled “Fire,” by Robert Whitecrow, aged nine. The Hallaquah gives us a fleeting glimpse of the past, and all the more valuable for that.
The vast majority of the periodicals are cataloged online in the library catalog.