About this Collection
This digital collection provides access to one of the most significant holdings of North Korean serial publications in the world. Upon completion of this digitization project’s initial two-year phase, the collection will comprise 146 serial titles in over 4,200 issues published through 1964.
The North Korean periodicals gathered here cover all manner of topics and offer insights into multiple facets of the country, including economics, law, politics, military affairs, society, history, agriculture, and education. In addition to their intrinsic value for social science research, these materials provide crucial historical context for the study of contemporary North Korea.
Currently a total of 283 serial titles published in North Korea are available at the Library of Congress, from as early as 1948, the year the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) was established, right down to the present. The collection serves as a vital resource for scholars and policy makers seeking a deeper understanding of the DPRK to inform their research, and its particularly strong coverage of the DPRK's early decades is both rare and noteworthy. In addition to serials, the Library of Congress also houses numerous North Korean monographs. The digital collection presented here makes freely available some of the most sought-after materials in the Library's North Korean collection—periodicals from 1948 to 1964.