Teen magazine collection Edit


MSS 365 large


  • 1957-1989 (Creation)


  • .7 Linear Feet (Whole)
    3 boxes



  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Center for Research Libraries and individual donors, ca. 1985.

  • Arrangement

    Magazines are arranged in alphabetical order by title/date.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Teen magazines first gained prominence in the United States during the 1940s, with Seventeen magazine being the first known publication geared towards a demographic of teenage girls. Teen magazines are aimed at female teenage readers primarily sold in grocery stores, pharmacies and newstands. They usually consist of gossip, news, fashion tips and interviews and may include posters, stickers, small samples of cosmetics or other products and inserts.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Teen magazine collection, MSS 365, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Processing Information

    Materials were processed by Susan Bogner, Special Collections Intern: Summer 2010.

  • Scope and Contents

    This is a collection of 34 historical teen magazines representing 24 titles from the earliest at 1957 to the latest at 1989.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.