Entire Harper’s Bazaar Archive to be Accessible for First Time Online
ProQuest’s digitisation of the iconic fashion and lifestyle magazine improves research outcomes in American fashion, culture and design
ProQuest is creating the first digital archive of Harper’s Bazaar, spanning 1867 through the current issue. Research outcomes in areas as wide-ranging as fashion, design, art, women’s studies, gender studies, marketing and business will be improved through simple online access and precision searching of both text and images from the magazine’s entire run. Accessible later this year on the ProQuest platform, the Harper’s Bazaar Archive will be cross-searchable along with the Vogue and Women’s Wear Daily archives and the rich variety of sources needed to generate pioneering research, such as scholarly journals, working papers, conference proceedings, ebooks, newspapers and other primary sources.
“We know scholars and students are using more than journals and books to conduct their research,” said Stephen Brooks, ProQuest senior director of product management, humanities. “ProQuest aims to keep libraries at the center of research support. Essential to that goal is expanding the variety of content types we offer, enabling libraries to access digitised, high quality content. Digitisation programmes such as this one with Harper’s Bazaar unlock valuable, historical primary sources from the confines of print, making them easy to access, text mine and use within researchers’ workflows.”
Launched in 1867, Harper’s Bazaar was America’s first fashion magazine, home to such style icons as Diana Vreeland, Carmel Snow and Alexey Brodovitch. Its pages chronicle the evolution of American style and art, featuring photographers such as Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Man Ray and Patrick Demarchelier, and artists such as Andy Warhol. The archive makes this chronicle easy to explore by capturing every edition cover-to-cover, from the first issue to the present, and preserving the material in its original context in fully searchable, high-resolution images.
For libraries that want to demonstrate their importance to their institutions, ProQuest provides the deepest and broadest variety of content that faculty and students are using to conduct research. The Harper’s Bazaar Archive is an example of ProQuest’s growing collections that support research and learning in areas such as fashion, art and women’s studies. Such specialised content enables libraries to expand beyond books and journals, aligning their collections with the learning and research goals of their users. Supported with technologies that make it easy to discover, access, mine and manage, ProQuest's diverse content keeps libraries at the center of student and faculty research success.