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Scientific American, November 1, 2011
Scientific American's online archive to 1845 goes live

Readers can now revisit original reports of Alexander Graham Bell's invention of the telephone and Thomas Edison's invention of the light bulb. Scientific American's complete archive, back to volume 1, issue 1, is now available on To celebrate the completion of the Scientific American archive on, the 1845-1909 archive collection will be free to all to access from 1-30 November 2011. Published since 1845, Scientific American is the longest continually published magazine in the U.S.

This collection, from Scientific American's inaugural issue in August 1845 through December 1909, completes the Scientific American archive available to institutional customers on Users can now access over 160 years of historic medical and technological advancements, scientific discoveries and research.

Scientific American founded the first branch of the U.S. Patent Agency, in 1850, to provide technical help and legal advice to inventors. The 1845-1909 collection chronicles major inventions, including the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876 and the incandescent light bulb by Thomas Edison in 1879. Other highlights include coverage of New York City's first subway in 1870, a special issue in 1899 dedicated to bicycles and automobiles, and Wilbur Wright's completion of a three-mile flight at Kitty Hawk, South Carolina. In all, the 1845-1909 collection contains more than 75,000 articles.

Site license access to Scientific American's online archive can be purchased as four collections:

  • August 1845-December 1909 (approximately 75,000 articles).
  • January 1910- December 1947 (approximately 38,300 articles).
  • January 1948- December 1992 (approximately 15,800 articles).
  • January 1993- December 2005 (approximately 4,600 articles).


Collections contain content from Scientific American and Scientific American Mind, beginning with its premier issue in December 2004/January 2005, plus all Special Issues. The articles are available as PDFs.

The Scientific American archive is an integrated part of the platform. All users can browse the archive online. The archive is searchable by keyword, author, article title or DOI for refined results. Alternatively, users can also browse by year and issue.

Browse the online archive at:
Scientific American's archive years 1910-1947 now available online (press release 6 May 2011)
Scientific American's archive to 1948 is now available online (press release 5 May 2010)
Site license access to Scientific American available on (press release 28 October 2009)

About Scientific American

Founded in 1845, Scientific American is the oldest continuously published magazine in the US and the leading authoritative publication for science and technology in the general media. Together with and 14 local language editions around the world it reaches more than nine million readers. Other titles include Scientific American Mind and Spektrum der Wissenschaft in Germany. Scientific American is published by Springer Nature, a leading global research, educational and professional publisher, home to an array of respected and trusted brands providing quality content through a range of innovative products and services. Springer Nature was formed in 2015 through the merger of Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Education and Springer Science+Business Media.

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