National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-1994


As the official journal of the non-profit National Geographic Society, National Geographic magazine built its reputation delivering the highest-quality photojournalism and cartography in the world.

As generations of researchers and fans will attest, the iconic monthly publication provides unparalleled, in-depth coverage of cultures, nature, science, technology and more – making it an essential resource for educators and students as well as general readers. Thanks to advanced digital technology, your library can now offer unlimited access to the magazine to the mid-1990s – every article from every issue, each fully searchable through an intuitive interface.


Detailed Overview

When National Geographic magazine debuted in 1888, it reflected the interests of its small, mostly professional, readership. The focus then was on scholarly articles such as “Geographic Methods in Geologic Investigation” and less on photos between its conservative brown covers.

Now, after more than a century of delivering unforgettable images and text, National Geographic is journalism’s most recognized name in exploration and discovery, bringing the wonders of the world to some 60 million people each month.

With comprehensive, relevant articles and legendary photographs and maps, the iconic magazine documents life on our planet and beyond, interpreting the world through the lens of personal experience:
  • Jane Goodall’s encounters with chimpanzees in Tanzania;
  • Hiram Bingham’s expedition into Machu Picchu in 1911;
  • Robert Ballard’s 1985 discovery of the Titanic on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean;
  • And many more examples


Every page of this vast knowledge base is now faithfully reproduced and easily searchable in National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-1994. This incomparable new digital archive is an essential resource for researchers of all ages as well as a fascinating collection for general readers.

Source:  National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-1994 is the result of a partnership between Cengage Learning and National Geographic.


    Please note: This digital archive is only available for institutions to trial and purchase. It is not available at this stage for individual subscriptions. For individuals seeking a copy of an issue/issues or a specific article within the archive, Gale, part of Cengage Learning does not have the rights to provide this service. If you wish to obtain a specific article or issue, please contact your public library (if you are a library member) or academic, school or special library (if you are a member of staff or a student) and enquire about online access to our products. Otherwise, it may be worth visiting a library that holds the physical copies.