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New Resource: The Vogue Archive

September 19, 2016
Vogue Archive now available

Pictured: Cover of the first issue of Vogue, December 1892. Copyright The Condé Nast Publications Inc.

The Vogue Archive is now available online to the Rutgers community.

Featuring over 400,000 high-resolution color page images, the archive provides access to the entire run of the US edition of Vogue magazine, from its inaugural issue in 1892 to the present day. The latest issue is added each month without an embargo period, and a powerful search tool makes text discoverable in all articles, captions, advertisements, covers, and fold-outs.

Beyond its obvious applications in studying the history of fashion, the archive will prove useful to students and scholars in a wide variety of disciplines from advertising and photography to women’s studies and cultural studies.

"I am very excited about the Vogue Archive,” said Kayo Denda, women’s studies librarian and head of the Margery Somers Foster Center at Rutgers. “Because it includes cover-to-cover material for each issue, it enables researchers to focus not only on the main articles and images, but also on elements such as product advertising and the individuals and positions in the editorial office. These aspects provide a glimpse of society's cultural values and how they evolve over time."

The Vogue Archive will allow for comparative investigations of other major women’s periodicals in the Rutgers collections, including Godey’s Lady’s Book and Mademoiselle.