Welcome to The Antebellum Magazine Edition Project

The Antebellum Magazine Edition Project is a database of selected periodical literature that has been annotated and edited for scholarly use by undergraduate English students at the University of Arizona.  The project aims to provide an ongoing, collaboratively-sourced reference for students, researchers, and instructors of the antebellum period.  The project piloted in an upper-division honors college course in the Spring of 2015 with the support of a College of Humanities Initiatives Grant. 

To browse the collection, use the links to The Broadway Journal, The Knickerbocker, or The Pioneer above, or use the search bar at the top of the screen.


Tales From the Archive: The Student-Editor Blog

Valerie Rose Hoke | May 19th, 2015

Dear Future Editor,

Welcome to English 486: Networking the Antebellum Archive. As a student from the original pilot program course, I am (hopefully) going to offer some advice not only for success, but also for enjoying yourself in this class. Because this class was... Read More

Colin Francisco Pedron | May 19th, 2015

One major luxury of our modern era is the ability to view dated documents within their complete historical and social contexts. Modern analyses of older documents can place works within their holistically accurate settings of time, place, and circumstance. In our work with... Read More

Colin Francisco Pedron | May 19th, 2015

Throughout much of antebellum literature, nature plays the role of arbiter between the physical and the conceptual. That is to say, nature’s patterns and beauty are often utilized as physical illustrations of some of life’s more abstract concepts.  Nature serves poets and... Read More