How do I look up articles and obtain back issues?

Many back issues can also be purchased through our single copy sales office. Please call 1-800-777-2800 (1-515-237-3673 outside the US/Canada) if you prefer to order by phone or email All single copy orders must be paid at the time of order. You will need to provide the name of the magazine, exact cover date of the issue, and the number of copies you wish to order.

If you are a current print subscriber of National Geographic Magazine, you have access to the full National Geographic Online Archive allowing you to see all articles dating back to 1888.  To gain access, visit: and click on 'If you’re a subscribing member in the U.S. or Canada, but need to activate your access, please click here" to enter your subscription details (membership number or address). If you are located outside the U.S., click on the link where it states "Outside the U.S. and Canada click here".

Unfortunately, we do not have the staff to assist with archives searches, but you can find search tips on the site under Support & FAQ's on

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