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As some might be aware, I spent much of the 2000s creating a website intended to provide convenient access to a vast quantity of serious content material in PDF format from the last 200 years, encompassing nearly two million periodical articles and books by 400,000 different authors. Some of these publications and writers were once among the most highly-regarded and influential in American intellectual life, but now have become so totally forgotten that their very names often barely register even with eminent academic scholars.

In many cases, my website provided the sole available source of this important material, and research specialists have regularly found it quite useful. I have even been informed that the editorial staffs of some major publications regularly use the website to locate older articles from their own archives.

Over the last few months I have been incorporating this sea of existing archival content into the website of The Review, essentially merging the two systems. This will allow them to share present and future software technologies, while also better bringing the content material to the attention of individuals not previously aware of its availability.

Although the new system is not yet displayed on the standard menu and various features, such as commenting, still need to be added, I have now released it for initial testing and feedback. Here’s the link to the Print Publication Archive main page:

Most of the numerous pages are organized in the form of “reactive clouds” or “reactive lists,” in which the data displayed is dynamically modified by Javascript based on whatever keystrokes the user enters. Thus, typing in the first few letters of an Author’s name quickly modifies a cloud to locate that writer from among the hundreds of thousands available, allowing his own archive page to be clicked and displayed. As examples, here are the pages for a few prominent authors:

Clicking on a particular item displays the scanned PDFs of an article’s pages if available, or the page-images if the publication is under copyright and unavailable.

The system is the sole source of the complete readable archives of numerous periodicals that shaped American history, such as:

A wide range of different ideological perspectives are included. For example, readers can explore the contrasting 1930s perspectives of:

and

The complete archives of nearly all the major Libertarian publications are available, allowing the history of that movement to be traced:

The system also contains the complete archives of numerous extant publications, though in most cases only those issues with expired copyrights may currently be accessed in readable form:

I welcome any early feedback and suggestions before the system is fully released on the website.

 
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  1. Zach says:

    It would be great if you could get the British version of The Spectator.

    • Agree: eah
    • Replies: @dearieme
  2. eah says:

    I agree many fantastic writers and thinkers have been forgotten/are undeservedly overlooked today — I hope there are or will be many contributions from Joe Sobran and Sam Francis — also from an earlier age, eg Robert Ingersoll — Golden Age of Freethought — many thanks for this truly valuable work.

  3. lavoisier says: • Website

    Ron Unz is an extraordinary man.

    Courageous, in many ways without fear, and dedicated to exploring all kinds of ideas, regardless of whether some find them offensive or not.

    That he is Jewish and is willing to tackle these issues makes him even more extraordinary.

    I have nothing but admiration for the man.

    “The truth shall set us free” appears to be the motto by which he lives his life.

  4. dearieme says:
    @Zach

    I imagine the Addison-Steele Spectator is easily available. :)

    We read some of their stuff at school. Pretty good.

    • Replies: @Zach
  5. Let me take the opportunity to prop one of my favorite “old” anthropological texts, Arthur H. Smith’s Chinese Characteristics.

    • Agree: European-American
  6. Ron,

    Thank you for what you’ve done with Unz.org. I regularly do personal research on the website to get a better perspective of life. Reading periodicals from the late 1800s and early 1900s really helps me understand the world we’re currently living in. It’s so easy to think that our world today is so much different than it’s ever been, that politics is dirtier, that people are dumber, etc. But the reality is that things haven’t changed much. People haven’t changed.

    My only recommendation is to create some way for people to blog specifically about the articles / content found in the periodicals on unz.org. I have done a lot of research and have written many articles (for personal consumption) that I wish I could share with people interested in the research I’ve done and the theories and findings I’ve made.

    It would be great if there was a way to submit posts on different subject matter that provide links to the various articles on the website so that someone interested in the same areas can review and add to it (almost like a historical wikipedia). Or even an area where information about the periodicals and articles within them can be provided to help ignorant readers understand who the authors/editors were, what their hidden motives were, what the context was, whether their analysis / theories proved to be true or false, etc.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  7. @lavoisier

    I consider people who are devoting all their time and money for the good of others as “humanists”. Mr. Unz is one of them.

  8. Zach says:
    @dearieme

    That would be nice, but I was thinking more of the Nigel Lawson era.

  9. Ron Unz says:
    @UnzOrgObsessed

    My only recommendation is to create some way for people to blog specifically about the articles / content found in the periodicals on unz.org. I have done a lot of research and have written many articles (for personal consumption) that I wish I could share with people interested in the research I’ve done and the theories and findings I’ve made.

    Actually, I’m very much hoping to implement something along exactly these lines. This was one of the main reasons I decided to try to merge the ORG archives with the current website, since the latter WordPress system provides all the necessary capabilities for writing and displaying text-based articles.

    However, one reason the work took me several months was that WordPress and the ORG system are entirely separate, and it’s actually pretty tricky to get them to work properly together. So implementing what you’re suggesting is difficult and may take me a while longer.

    • Replies: @UnzOrgObsessed
  10. @lavoisier

    Ron Unz has given all those who wish to use it a gift of extraordinary value. I cannot adequately thank or praise you, Mr. Unz.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
  11. @Ron Unz

    Ron,

    Thanks for the reply. I appreciate your time and openness for constructive feedback. Keep up the great work.

  12. Eagle Eye says:

    Thank you, Mr. Unz!

    Had read some pieces on UNZ.ORG previously, it is truly a treasure trove with countless items that still deserve attention.

    Perhaps one could set up some kind of blot function where Unz.com authors and/or readers share discoveries of important items in different categories.

    Some of these categories could be attributes, e.g. best writing style, great acerbic wit, sensitive descriptions (like Linh Dinh of our days on non-Middle East subjects), etc.

  13. Ron,
    I’m trying to think of a way to elaborate on my appreciation, but I’ll just get to the point:

    THANK YOU!

  14. roo_ster says:

    Holy smokes. Saving the past for the benefit of posterity. Unz for the win.

  15. Ron Unz says:

    Incidentally, I’d like to say I hugely appreciate the very kind words that most of the commenters have expressed about the print archive system I just announced.

    I’d originally thought it might only take me two or three weeks to merge the ORG system into this webzine, but actually took most of the last four months, and there are still some things I need to get working. Anyway, I really do hope people find it useful, and with luck I’ll be able to get some of those additional features ready within the next week or so.

    As it happens, I’m almost ready to announce another software extension as well.

    Basically, I’ve spent nearly all of 2017 building several new software systems, and I’m hoping to finally get most of them released by the end of the year.

  16. What’s the point of the tiny images of the copyrighted material? Is there some sort of plan to release it eventually?

    Also, OCRed text versions would be great, although I know from Google’s OCRs that they can be riddled with errors. But I use a Kindle for everything these days, and full-page PDFs are a problem.

  17. Bennett Cerf, but not Dorothy Kilgallen or Arlene Francis?

  18. and

    Social Justice (Father Coughlin’s populist-rightwing publication)

    I am honored and touched from beyond the grave. Mine was the first and only publication ever to be banned by the U.S. Post Office. Now, thanks to the Internet and Mr. Unz, I can have my day in the sun.

  19. fnn says:

    Here’s the missing Feb. 1976 Historical Revisionism issue of Reason that caused so much controversy:

  20. Once again, a rousing vote of thanks for making the thoughts and writing of earlier times available today.

    But why include publications such as the New Yorker with nothing but a notice that they are unavailable because of copyright?

  21. Logan says:

    One of my most interesting purchases ever was, at a garage sale, six years of bound volumes of Century magazine from 1904 to 1910.

    Fascinating to read intelligent articles by people who had no clue about what was coming at them.

    One of the more interesting takeaways was how widespread and utterly accepted casual racism and eugenics was. Taken for granted, which is always more indicative of what a society really is like than what it argues about.

  22. Tom C says:

    Is what you are doing affecting the performance of the site. It has been very sluggish in the past few days. Love UNZ. Just thought you’d want to know what I’m seeing out here in the boonies.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  23. Ron Unz says:
    @Tom C

    Is what you are doing affecting the performance of the site. It has been very sluggish in the past few days. Love UNZ. Just thought you’d want to know what I’m seeing out here in the boonies.

    Thanks so much for letting me know. I’d think it’s very likely connected with release of the massive Print Archives, and I may know the areas causing the additional load issues and will try to fix them.

    I’m very curious whether others have noticed these same serious performance problems, or whether it might be be geographically isolated. That would help me isolate the issues.

  24. Tom C says:
    @Ron Unz

    Thanks Ron. I’m in South Carolina. I just got a 100mb fiberoptic service installed. I’ve tested the site on PC, Android phone, iPad and Kindle Fire. For comparison, the Breitbart site loads full page in about 1-2 seconds on my iPad. Unz.com loads in about 20 seconds. As far as I can recall I first noticed the speed difference this past Monday.

    I don’t know anything about your underlying code base. My experience is ancient. .ASP. I recall slowdowns like this when connections were created to databases. But may have nothing to do with your situation. Just a suggestion.

    Keep up the good work. Good luck.

    TC

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  25. JackOH says:
    @Ron Unz

    Yes, a bit slow here in NE OH. I wouldn’t know if there may be other explanations.

    I’ll echo other folks. Major props for your work here, sir.

  26. Ron Unz says:
    @Tom C

    I just got a 100mb fiberoptic service installed. I’ve tested the site on PC, Android phone, iPad and Kindle Fire. For comparison, the Breitbart site loads full page in about 1-2 seconds on my iPad. Unz.com loads in about 20 seconds. As far as I can recall I first noticed the speed difference this past Monday.

    20 seconds??!! That’s absolutely dreadful. The pages usually just take a second or two for me, so there’s definitely something strange going on, very likely connected with the huge new /print/ archives I just released.

    • Replies: @Anatoly Karlin
  27. @Ron Unz

    I haven’t noticed any changes for the worse in the past *few days* specifically.

    However, in my experience, The Unz Review has always been a relatively slow-loading site, and also developed significant problems with downtime several weeks ago (though this has improved since the Great Crash). I only ever open up Teaser Archive, since for me “Blog View” takes around half a minute to load.

  28. Gracebear says:

    Thank you so much, Ron Unz.
    My gratitude is overwhelming.

  29. I used to love Saturday Review. As a teenager in the early seventies, my two favorite magazines were Creem and National Lampoon, but SR was third (mainly because of the double-crostic puzzles by Thomas H. Middleton).

  30. @Ron Unz

    It works mostly fine for me, haven’t noticed any real change for the negative regarding loading speeds.

  31. Gringo says:

    I appreciated the access to Encounter. From 1972-1974, Encounter published some articles on Chile which pointed out that the “Democratically Elected Allende” narrative ignored a very basic fact about Allende: he was attempting to institute radical changes which the majority of the electorate opposed. Allende and his supporters found out, to their chagrin, that is rather difficult to do in a democracy.

    Encounter was a fine magazine. I began reading Encounter with the idea that it was a good idea to be aware what the enemy was doing, only to decide that the enemy had a much better grasp of what was going on than I had initially assumed.

  32. Thank you, Mr. Unz.

    We are not worthy.

    I especially appreciate, like Gringo above, the access to Encounter, but also several other periodicals I read keenly in earlier decades. I often find myself recalling a particular article or a point being made in an article from long ago. It is nice to be able to access the exact sources without long (and often fruitless) searches online.

  33. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    An apparent bug: I don’t see the expected document when I try to access this:

    https://www.unz.com/print/Century-1907jan-00433/

    That URL should show:

    Jay Cooke and the Financing of the Civil War
    by Ellis Paxson Oberholtzer
    The Century Magazine, January 1907, pp. 433-442

    What I do see is:

    * The metainformation of the document (which I have quoted above);
    * Three tabs, labelled “Contents”, “Tree”, and “Search”.
    * The active tab is “Contents”;
    * There is a big empty space below the tab bar where the
    document should be (or rather, where I imagine the document should be).

    My browser is Firefox ESR, 52.5.0.

    Do you prefer to receive bug reports by email or in this thread?

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  34. Ron Unz says:
    @Anonymous

    An apparent bug: I don’t see the expected document when I try to access this:

    There’s an http/https conflict that I’ll need to straighten out.

    For now, just use the http version of the URLs and everything should work fine:

    http://www.unz.com/print/Century-1907jan-00433/

  35. Thank you RU.

    In what ways may a very appreciative person contribute to the project?

  36. Gringo says:

    When I locate an article in the periodical archive, I press PRINT.
    For Encounter, I get a download in two places: 1) the article itself, which appears in my Downloads and 2) a metadata page which lists the article’s title and author, periodical name, periodical date, and pages of the article. The metadata page appears on my Desktop.

    I was interested in locating an article in The Nation.

    Shortly before the signing of the Nonaggression Pact between Hitler and Stalin, a substantial part of the American intelligentsia beclowned itself by signing a letter which praised the Soviet Union and damned Nazi Germany- a letter which the Nonagression Pact made inoperative. The open letter, as published in Soviet Russia Today, at the Marxist.org website, lists some of the 400 signers.

    I recently read an article about IF Stone by Ron Radosh which states that Stone signed a similar letter in The Nation-published as an ad. His signature is not listed at the Marxists.org link, so I tried searching for it at in your archive for The Nation. A phrase from Radosh’s article- also in the open letter -put into your search engine indicates that the letter is found at pages 226-228 in the August 26,1939 issue of The Nation. (Music and the Arts, by BH Haggin. The letter was an ad in The Nation, Radosh informs us.)

    However, when I press PRINT, I get only the metadata page, not the article itself.
    Conclusion: for whatever reason, at least some of the articles in The Nation are not accessible at present.

    Open Letter of the 400 @ Marxists.org

  37. Gringo says:

    The system also contains the complete archives of numerous extant publications, though in most cases only those issues with expired copyrights may currently be accessed in readable form

    Which explains why the 1939 article from The Nation is not available.

  38. I too am particularly grateful for the ENCOUNTER files.

    Someone with the time available might consider compiling a series of ENCOUNTER Readers, that is, lists that could be posted that point out articles of interest on particular persons and themes.

    For example, content related to C. S. Lewis and the Inklings would include the conversation between Lewis, Kingsley Amis, and Brian Alidss on science fiction; Lewis’s contribution to a roundtable on the European community; John Christopher’s valuable account of his friendship with Joy Gresham (who married Lewis) and his visit(s) to see them, etc. These occur just off the top of my head. I think there might have been something by John Wain on the Inklings, to which Lewis responded in a letter — ? Likely there was content on Tolkien, perhaps Owen Barfield, &c.

  39. Thank you!

    Could you add England’s Punch mag?

  40. Ragno says:

    How much of this becomes difficult or impossible if net neutrality is overturned, and what can we do to stop it from happening?

    • Replies: @JackOH
  41. JackOH says:
    @Ragno

    Good question, Ragno. I’m computer unhip, so the details of the net neutrality debate elude me, although the gist of what I get is not good. I know that UR has been a very good resource for me and the several people to whom I’ve introduced the Review. Among those people are two standard-issue university liberals, one of whom, I know to a certainty, has had his received wisdom more or less shattered by the lively, heterodox discussions here.

    I’m guessing the consequences of an overturned net neutrality are more paywalls, fee-for-service bundling, circumstantial censorship by price, circumstantial censorship by corporate discretion or corporate diktat, and so on. Am I sort of right?

  42. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Ron Unz

    Hello Ron,
    The site takes minutes to load for me. I usually start at isteve. I get “a script is unresponsive, would you like to debug?’popups.

  43. KD says:

    Thank you, Mr. Unz.

  44. Therapsid says:

    On the ipad when I open the articles, I only see the first page and do not see the link for navigating to the next page. I do however see the link for reading the next article. I had this issue with the unz.org site as well. On my pc the same articles load properly and I can scroll through the entire pdf file.

  45. Jett Rucker says: • Website
    @lavoisier

    Jews include many persons actively dedicated to the suppression/distortion of the information/news they dislike.

    Jews also include many persons actively dedicated to permitting/enabling information regardless of whether it happens to displease them personally.

    That the great Ron Unz is a Jew is therefore, to me, no surprise at all.

  46. Jett Rucker says: • Website

    I would like to submit the complete (210 issues) of the now-defunct Smith’s Report (Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust) and Inconvenient History. I will pursue means of doing this.

  47. Alfa158 says:

    I’ve already enjoyed one of the gems that Ron has helped make available. In 2012 the magazine of the Houston branch of the American Istitute of Aeronautics and Astronautics began reprinting high quality scans of the man in space articles that were published in Colliers magazine in 1952 and that Ron’s project helped pull together. Those terrific bits of “retro-futures” technology had been almost impossible to find in complete form anywhere else. That was an era; Von Braun designed a lunar landing expedition using a fleet of lunar landers that massed 4,000 tons each as they departed earth orbit!
    Many thanks.

  48. Whoever says: • Website

    When I go here, I get this message:
    Display of PDFs Currently Requires Use of http Protocol in URL
    Is there a way to deal with this?

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