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Dissertation Information for Edwin Charles Strohecker

NAME:
- Edwin Charles Strohecker

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA) (1969)

ADVISORS:
- Russell E. Bidlack

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- Wallace J. Bonk
- Kenneth E. Vance
- Douglas D. Crary

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: AMERICAN JUVENILE LITERARY PERIODICALS, 1789-1826

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to provide a compilation of the Juvenile
literary periodicals published in the United States from the first issue
of The Children's Magazine in January, 1789 up to and includiIIg the complete
run of The Juvenile Miscellany, begun in September, 1826. The analyses
of these titles render an historical and literary perspective of the
"formative years" of the Juvenile literary periodical.
Histories of American periodicals and ch1ldren's literature were
searched for reference to the periodicals. The holdings of the various
libraries were varified in The Union List of Serials of the United states
and Canada. Several titles were examined in the or1ginal the remainder
were obtained either on microfilm or in xerographic form.
To the basic list of thirteen titles, compiled from the historical
sources, were added twelve titles, making a total of twenty-five Juvenile
periodicals published during the 1789-1826 period. Excluded from coverage
are four publications which were circulated strictly for religious
instruction and eight titles which are no longer extant but descriptive
bibliographical. data are included in the appendix.
This investigation of American Juvenile periodicals consists of three
parts: (1) the Juvenile periodical in retrospect; (2) an analysis of the
Juvenile periodicals; (3) the appendix. Part I includes a survey of the
nature and problems of the periodicals. Some publishing problems examined
include frequency, circulation, distribution, and duration. In addition a
composite evaluation of the selected materials and contributions is presented.
In Part II each period1cal is placed in perspective. For the extant
titles published during this era of the juvenile magazines, the following
points of internal evidence are considered: (1) purpose; (2) editorial policy; (3) contents; (4) contributors. The periodocals are allowed
to speak for themselves through the use of numerous quotations. Part III
supplements the study by providing the following information: (1) the bibliographical
data of the extant and Non-extant titles; (2) a register of
editors, printers and/or publishers, and engravers; (3) a chronological
and geographical listing; (4.) indexes to cited sources and signed articles
and illustrations.
The results of this research reveal three significant developments in'
the American juvenile literary periodical in the early nineteenth century.
These changes brought about by the maturation of Juvenile literature were
reflected in the social cultural, and moral milieu. First, the tone of
the literature for the young person suggested a change from the purely didactiC
editorial. policy to one of instructive entertainment. Second, juvenUe
literature began to demonstrate an improved quality. Well-known
writers entered the field to contribute to a more valuable literary fund.
Third, children welcomed reading material which extended beyond the textbook
realm, and parents willingly paid the subSCription, and so assisted
in the creation of a reading public for a richer juvenile literature.

MPACT Scores for Edwin Charles Strohecker

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