Magazines and newspapers, late 18th century to the present day.
Americans have always been eager for news. Today we flip through hundreds of television channels and surf the World Wide Web in search of the latest in politics, fashion, advertisement, and entertainment. Americans of the nineteenth century craved the latest news as much as we do. In 1790, the nation had fewer than 100 newspapers. By 1810, the population had doubled and the number of presses had more than tripled to 376. Nearly eight million Americans (half of whom were younger than 16 and another fifth enslaved) consumed twenty-two million newspapers annually. Magazine readership increased as well. Not content with the everyday repertoire of the newspaper, more and more readers subscribed to periodicals filled with music and poetry, literature and short stories, trade and fashion advice.
The USS Constitution Museum has a strong newspaper collection ranging in date from the 18th to the 20th century. Most include articles detailingConstitution‘s exploits or other significant events. The collection also includes volumes of the Analectic Magazine, the Port Folio, and the Royal Navy’s service magazine, The Naval Chronicle.