The Illustrated American was founded by Lorillard Spencer, copywrighted 1890. Lorillard Suydam Spencer (July 4, 1883 - June 10, 1939) was president of Atlantic Aircraft and was prominent in Newport, Rhode Island society. He served as the military secretary to Charles Seymour Whitman, the New York Governor. It described its its purpose as providing a pictorial chronicle of contemporary history. The IA employed staff photographers and freelancers. IA contained many illustrations and photos within. It was formatted very much like "Harper's Weekly" but it had a relatively short life and much lower circulation. Somewhat rare.
A caption found in the magazine, describing itself, goes as follows: "The Illustrated American can be found on file at every important United States Consulate in the world and in the reading-rooms of all the leading hotels in the United States."