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WR150: LIFE Magazine

LIFE Magazine


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Mugar Library has a complete set of LIFE magazines in print from the first volume (1936) through volume 73 (1972).  Because of their fragile condition, the bound volumes are shelved in the Reserve Room on the first floor and are available on request.. 

LIFE's images depict the great happenings of the 20th century in America and throughout the world.  Among its notable correspondents and photographers were Margaret Bourke-White, Robert Capa, Gordon Parks, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Andreas Feininger, Dorothea Lange, and W. Eugene Smith. Besides major events, such as World War II and the landing on the moon, the essays and photographs portray American domestic life, science, art, music, sports, fashion, entertainment and advertising.

About This Guide

This guide is an adaptation and update of the course guides created for Caitlin Dalton's WR150 classes given  in 2014, 2015, and 2016.  LIFE magazines provided the exhibit or primary source.  Students chose photo essays to analyze, discuss and research.

This guide is a resource for WR151 B2: Print, Picture, Publish: Illustrated Magazines, 1920s-1960s, Caitlin Dalton, Spring 2019.