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Tobacco Industry: Sources of Historical Research

Industry Periodicals

Many business periodicals will publish pieces on tobacco, but we are only including those that focus on the industry or would be particularly useful in researching the industry. Publications from individual states are included in the Tobacco in the States section of this guide. We have also included websites for a few publications that look at tobacco broadly for general coverage and any historical pieces they may write. Some material on these sites are likely to be free, but all have an electronic component that will offer more to subscribers.

Many of the trade literature sources are not necessarily going to be digitized and searchable, though sources like the Internet Archive and HathiTrust do have many digitized books and periodicals. Historically, indexing services have been the traditional way to access many of the articles found in trade literature if the journal did not index itself. Included below are many of the standard and relevant indexing titles. While many of the below indexes are available in electronic format, the print versions may be more widely accessible.

These trade magazine sites are good for those looking to keep up-to-date with the current state of the industry.

Print Periodicals

The material in this section is really intended for those doing historical research. It includes regular trade literature as well as government publications. Some resources are specific to certain categories of tobacco, while others are more general publications or are useful for trade statistics. If you want a fuller list of additional early general business periodicals, we do have a more in-depth guide focusing on early 19th century business periodicals.

The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are provided when available.

Indexing Sources