Sunday, July 22, 2007

Liberty archive: phase 1 complete!

It's all there in the archive, all 411 issues of Liberty and Libertas. It's a warts-and-all collection, with plenty of warts. So far, all I've proven is that an individual can produce a free archive almost as sketchy as the big commercial databases. (To really scramble things, however, seems to require much more capital than I have access to.)

Now comes the fun part, figuring out what software to use for the more formal archive, continuing the transformation into a searchable text archive, and starting to make use of all this material that has been so hard to access.

And download, download, download! Squirrel away copies of these things, so that there is never again any question of Liberty not being available to those who are interested in the anarchist tradition.

7 comments:

Presto said...

I count 410 issues. I haven't had enough time to do more than glance...are there duplicates? Or are you not giving yourself enough credit?

Nick Manley said...

Thanks! Shawn. I'll be devouring these online goodies. I am a big fan of Ben Tucker's journal.

Shawn P. Wilbur said...

Yep. It should be 411 issues. Exhaustion and scanner-trance induced typos will get you every time. I'll double-check to see if one got lost in the upload shuffle.

The attention is doing wonders from traffic to the site, though "Reason" managed to steer folks completely around the blog this time.

Roderick T. Long said...

Aha! Issue 06-17 is missing.

Anonymous said...

I've packaged your PDFs up and created a torrent file to assist with decentralized sharing. The torrent can be obtained at OneBigTorrent.org, and I suggest the Azureus client to anyone who has not used BitTorrent before. - Scott

Shawn P. Wilbur said...

Thanks, Roderick! I just uploaded the missing piece.

And, Scott, thanks a lot for putting the torrent file together.

Anonymous said...

many thanks Shawn. You work is much appreciated.

now, if only someone could do that for Freedom between 1886 and 1926!

Iain