New Magazine Archives: The Atlantic, Time, and U.S. News & World Report

Three online magazine archives, The Atlantic Magazine Archive (1857-2014), Time Magazine Archive (1923-2000), and U.S. News & World Report (1926-1984) are the most recent additions to the Class of 1945 Library’s E-Resources.

The Atlantic Magazine Archive, 1857-2014, “includes more than 1,800 issues providing a broad view of 19th, 20th and early 21st-Century American thought. The magazine was originally created with a focus on publishing leading writers’ commentary on abolition, education and other major issues in contemporary political affairs at the time. .. Some of the founding sponsors of the magazine included prominent writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Greenleaf Whittier.”

The Time Magazine Archive provides coverage to more than 4,000 issues, from the first in March 1923 through December 2000.  The magazine “has focused on conveying to a broad audience both domestic and international news and analysis on a spectrum of subjects…Capturing the relevant news for a given week, the magazine remains an important resource for researchers studying just about any aspect of 20th-Century history and life.”

U.S. News & World Report Magazine Archive is unique in that it covers the magazine from the beginning of its three predecessor titles. The magazine features a broad variety of topics in current events, politics and business, and is well known for its ranked lists of businesses and institutions….U.S. News & World Report Magazine Archive is valuable to researchers of 20th century current events, politics and business, as well as those interested in the history of journalism, advertising, and popular culture.”

Author Viet Thanh Nguyen

Pulitzer Prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen will visit the Phillips Exeter Academy campus on Tuesday January 22nd and Wednesday January 23rd.

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer (2015) won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, while Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and Memory of War (2016), was a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (2002). His most recent work of fiction The Refugees (2017), a short story collection, was named a 2017 New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Best Book of the Year by NPR. Nguyen is also the editor of Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives (2018).

In addition to speaking during the Tuesday morning Assembly, the Academy will host “An Evening with Viet Thanh Nguyen” as part of the Department of English Haley Lecture and the Exeter We the People Lecture Series. The Tuesday evening event will begin at 7pm in Phillip Exeter Academy’s Assembly Hall and is free and open to the public.

On Wednesday January 23rd the Library will host a special Q&A with Nguyen for students in the Library Commons. This student event is organized by Wei-Ling Woo, Asian Student Program Coordinator.

A display of some of Nguyen’s works can be found in the Library’s Rockfeller Hall.

We The Future Poster Exhibit

In celebration of Martin Luther King Day, the Library will exhibit We the Future, a poster campaign that “features [ten] young leaders from social change movements.” Created by Amplifier in partnership with artists Shepard Fairey, Rommy Torrico, Munk One, and Kate DeCiccio, “this project will place art and supporting teaching tools representing these young leaders and their movements into more than 20,000 schools across the country, to inspire and engage the next generation” (Amplifier).

The ten activists, ranging in ages from 13-29, “are working to encourage people to vote, address climate change, rethink the immigration system, create opportunity in our education system, and address gun violence…”  As part of the poster campaign and supporting curriculum, each featured activist selected a non-profit organization to highlight their cause.

If you are unable to see the posters in person, or would like to know more about those featured and their non-profit partner, we have provided more information below.

We The Future, activists and organizations:

  1. Lindsay Amer, queer activist, Queer Kid Stuff
  2. Lydia X.Z. Brown, disability justice advocate, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
  3. Isra Chaker, immigration justice advocate, Oxfam
  4. Amanda Gorman, youth literacy activist, 826 National
  5. Paul S. John, gun violence prevention advocate, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice
  6. “Leah the Activist,” immigrant rights activist, Families Belong Together
  7. Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, environmental justice advocate, Earth Guardians
  8. Winter BreeAnne Minisee, youth voter mobilizer, Women’s March Youth EMPOWER
  9. Ismael Nazario, criminal justice reform advocate, Performing Statistics
  10. Amanda Nguyen, civil rights activist, RISE

The We the Future posters and other artwork from Amplifier are available to download and view here.

The Observer article, Political Posters by Shepard Fairey and Others are Coming to 20,000 US Classrooms provides more information about the poster campaign and Amplifier’s work.

The Class of 1945 Library Has a New Catalog!

This past fall, the library staff began implementing a new library system called Worldshare Management Services (WMS.) WMS is a cloud-based cooperative library management system developed by OCLC, Inc., which is itself a cooperative of libraries worldwide. We went live with WMS over Thanksgiving break and we’re now busy working out the kinks.

While the library staff are adjusting to new circulation, acquisition and metadata systems, the Academy community will notice changes to the library catalog and to their library accounts. You can experience these changes at the Library’s website (

Our catalog can now search books, articles, videos, and more with just one search. There are options to cite, copy a direct link, email or save to a list each item within the search results. As with our old system, you can view and renew the library items you have checked out by clicking on “My Library Account” under “About” on the Library’s webpage. Just use your PEA login.

To learn more about our new discovery system you can try watching a WMS how-to video or, if you would like a one-on-one session with a librarian, just visit the Library’s help desk, text us at 603-707-4054, call 603-777-3313 or email us at !

Building Bridges Exhibit

Beginning November 1st, The Class of 1945 Library will host a traveling exhibition Building Bridges: Portraits of Immigrants and Refugees, a photo-text display created by the award-winning Family Diversity Projects of Amherst, Massachusetts. The exhibit created by Mark Chester, Gigi Kaeser, and Peggy Gillespie features photographs and interviews with people who have come to the United States as immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers from all over the world. The exhibit seeks to challenge damaging myths and stereotypes about immigrants and refugees as a way to prevent bullying and hatred towards this marginalized group of people.

The exhibit will be on display November 1 – December 14th on the ground floor of the Library Commons.

Books for Upcoming Assemblies

The next three assemblies bring to campus Nobel Prize winning astrophysicist Dr. John Mather, explorer/cinematographer Steve Elkins, and Peter Singer, one of the world’s foremost moral philosophers.

To learn about Mather, Elkins, and Singer, check out these books available at the Library.

Dr. John Mather, Senior Astrophysicist at NASA
Assembly Speaker, October 5th

The Very First Light: the True Inside Story of the Scientific Journey Back to the Dawn of the Universe by John C. Mather & John Boslough
Published ten years before Dr. John Mather won the Nobel Prize in Physics, this book provides a detailed account of “the discovery of the cosmic background radiation and of the subsequent fifteen-year struggle to design, building and launch the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite.”

Steve Elkin,  explorer and cinematographer
Assembly Speaker, October 9th

The Lost City of the Monkey God : a True Story by Douglas Preston
Steve Elkin and his partner, documentary filmmaker Ben Benenson, led an expedition to find “the lost city of the monkey god” in the Honduras jungle.  This NYT Bestseller written by Douglas Preston is a riveting eyewitness account of their discovery of the lost city. A film of the same title will be released this year.


Peter Singer,  professor of bioethics
Assembly Speaker, October 12th

The Library has twenty-two titles written by philosopher Peter Singer.  Some notable works include: