I'm Marty Goodman, a revolutionary digital archivist, and chief of the Riazanov Library. We're actively in the process of preparing a professional quality digital archive of the periodicals (and some pamphlets) of early to mid 20th century American Trotskyist organizations. This is to be made available to all via one or more web sites (we are affiliated currently with the ETOL on marxists.org) and likely thru at cost distribution of the material on DVDs.
Although a number of major research libraries have the source material we require, none of those allow digital scanning of the sort that produces the ultra high quality results that meet our standards and facilitate creating useful optical character recognition text after scanning is done. For that we need to use our own scanners and copiers, and this is not permitted at any research library.
So we have been forced to acquire the source materials for this archive for ourselves, and at our own expense. We have budgeted a number of thousands of dollars for this.
We'd GREATLY appreciate YOUR assistance, if you can provide it, with getting us access to the following documents:
Greenwood Reprints of:
The Militant 1928 - 1934
The New Militant 1934 - 1935
Young Spartacus 1931 - 1935
Labor Action 1940 - 1958
[we have the Chicago Socialist Appeal journal as a Greenwood reprint]
[we have the complete set of New International Greenwood reprints from the 20's through the 50's]
We'd be interested EITHER in buying copies of these items listed above from you OR in your lending us your copy so we can make scans or photocopies of it. If you were willing to loan to us your copy, I could fly out to personally take it from your hands, and fly back a week or two later to personally hand deliver it to you, to ensure nothing ill happens to it from the time it leaves your possession to the time it returns to your possession.
In cases of material that is in broadside size page format (17 x 23 inch pages), a loan would not work for us, for we need to unbind broadside volumes and get single sheet pages in order to get the high quality scans required by this project. This is not the case for any other page size (tabloid 11 x 17 or smaller). THOSE we can (in most cases) scan effectively at high quality without having to unbind the volume, because THOSE can fit on the glass surface of a flat bed scanner.
If you own bound volumes or relatively complete runs of loose issues of original editions of:
The Militant from the 1930's, 40's, 50's, or 60's
Labor Action from the 40's and 50's
Socialist Appeal broadside (17 x 23 inch) size newspaper from 1937 - 1941
(published in New York City, and a different publication from the 9 x 12 inch journal by the same name that was published in Chicago 1934 - 1936)
I'd be interested in buying such from you. I am prepared to pay... VERY GENEROUSLY... for material needed by the project which donors wish to relinquish.
Note that we have spent some thousands of dollars already on the MICROFILM (35mm reel film) archives of much of this material, purchasing it primarily from the Wisconsin Historical Society, and in part from the University of Washington. I wish to in particular comment on how outstandingly kind and prompt and profession was the Wisconsin Historical Society in completing my requests for duplication and shipment to us of a large number of reels of microfilm. Although we have now an extensive microfilm library of these periodicals, we are trying to get hold of either originals or Greenwood Reprints, because those yield higher quality scans.
Please, if you can, help us provide the workers' movement with free, ultra high quality, comprehensive access to its own past experience in its early years.