The Research Society for American Periodicals

Welcome to RSAP!

The Research Society for American Periodicals is an interdisciplinary organization of scholars interested in American magazines and newspapers. Founded in 1991, the organization was established to offer scholars in American literature and culture, and all interested persons, an opportunity to share in the study and appreciation of American periodicals. Through its annual meetings, scholarly panels, special symposia, miscellaneous publications, and this website, RSAP provides a medium of communication among interested scholars and expands the possibilities of scholarly and critical study of an important part of American literary and cultural history.

Activities of the Research Society for American Periodicals include:

  • Publishing the scholarly journal American Periodicals
  • Hosting a frequently-updated page of resources on American periodicals
  • Sponsoring panels at the annual meeting of the American Literature Association
  • Awarding two prizes to scholars publishing in the field of American periodicals
  • Maintaining a free moderated discussion list

WANT TO JOIN RSAP? Do so by subscribing to our journal, American Periodicals.

RSAP is a non-profit organization and no part of its revenues shall inure to the benefit of its members.


ALA 2016 CFPs

The RSAP offers the following CFPs for the ALA, May 2016: CFP for “Digital Lacunae: What Are We Missing?”  We invite proposals on the topic “Digital Lacunae” for the American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, California, May 26-29, 2016 ( This roundtable will be sponsored by the Research Society for American Periodicals. As digital repositories […]