The GQ Archive spans the full run of the US edition of GQ magazine, from the first issue in 1931 to the present (with new issues added on an ongoing basis).
Launched as a men’s fashion trade title (Apparel Arts), GQ subsequently became a consumer magazine before expanding its coverage to encompass wider men’s-interest and popular culture content, including celebrity interviews, health, arts/entertainment, politics, and sports.
The 90+ years of content from this leading publication will support research not only in men’s fashion and men’s studies, but also wider topics in, for example, 20th-century history and society, women’s history, and politics.
* Our policy is to include each issue from the first and to scan from cover to cover. Due to the rarity of some of the original print volumes, however, there may be some small gaps (issues or pages).
Unprecedented digital access for libraries to the backfile of the US edition of GQ magazine.
Rich seam of primary source material attesting to trends and developments in sex roles, popular culture, fashion, family life, and health through the 20th/21st centuries, with 90+ years of content.
Cross-searchability with complementary resources from ProQuest, such as women’s fashion magazine archives (Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Women’s Wear Daily), Women’s Magazine Archive, and the forthcoming Men’s Magazine Archive will enhance the value of this material.
Material scanned cover to cover in full color to maximize the rich visual content – photographs, ads, graphics, illustrations, etc.
Intuitive search and navigation features allow researchers efficiently to locate the most relevant material. The archive is indexed at the article level and document-type indexing permits retrieval of specific items such as advertisements, fashion, health & fitness, photographs.
Men’s magazines are key sources for researching many aspects of men’s studies and wider trends in popular culture and social history. They also provide valuable alternative perspectives for women’s history. Multiple research areas covered: fashion/style, popular culture, arts, masculinity, sexuality, society/politics, health and fitness.
Few libraries have collected back issues for consumer magazines like GQ and there has been little digitization of men’s magazines with deep backfiles previously.