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:
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:
- The North American Review (America’s oldest literary magazine)
- The Century Magazine (highly influential one hundred years ago)
- The American Mercury (dominated the early decades of the 20th century)
- The Saturday Review (dominated the middle decades of the 20th century)
- The Reporter (a leading opinion magazine of the 1950s and 1960s)
- IF Stone’s Weekly (a leading leftist voice of the 1950s and 1960s)
- Encounter (flagship of the the early neoconservative movements)
A wide range of different ideological perspectives are included. For example, readers can explore the contrasting 1930s perspectives of:
- The New Masses (a leading Communist intellectual publication)
- Social Justice (Father Coughlin’s populist-rightwing publication)
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.