The Cornell periodical database is a goldmine for the endlessly curious. Not only are the periodicals scanned but the pages are also OCR'd so they can be searched by keyword.
aterials accessible here are Cornell University Library's contributions to Making of America (MOA), a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. This site provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. The project represents a major collaborative endeavor in preservation and electronic access to historical texts.
Making of America database
Lumber Substitutes from The Manufacturer and Builder, 1883
Thirst in the Desert from Harper's,1898
Bee Pastures of California by John Muir from The Century, 1882