On January 27, 1888 the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institution in the world was incorporated. Earlier that year there was initial meeting of 33 geographers, explorers, cartographers, teachers and other professionals in Washington D.C. to discuss organizing “a society for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge”. The first National Geographic Magazine was published in October 1888.
Rocky River Public Library offers full text access to the National Geographic Magazine Archive from 1888-1994. The database is available under “Research Resources” on the library’s website at www.rrpl.org. National Geographic Magazine (from 1995-present) is also available through another database called EBSCOhost under “Research Resources”.