Marxists Internet Archive: Introduction: History: 1999

History of the Marxists Internet Archive

The Marxists Internet Archive hasgrown a tremendous amount since our inception last year — over 15,000pages of text were added to the archivesthroughout the year. The number of pages viewedby readers skyrocketed from 1,800 per day in January 1999 to over 23,000 pages viewed by readers every day in January 2000. Over the same period, the number of readers coming to the archive grew from 9,000 to more than 32,000 per month. In other words, more people were coming and reading alot more material than they had before.

Two major new archives were added to MIA: the Subject Archive, created by Sally Ryan, & the Encyclopedia of Marxism, created by Brian Baggins. By the end of the year, the Subject Archive contained extensive indexes on women's emancipation, while the Encyclopedia established it's basic structure with a ground work of terms covering aspects of the Soviet Union. The Lenin Internet Archive began a major project of putting online his entire collected works, with help from David Walters and Brian Baggins. Meanwhile, four new languages were added to the archive through the efforts of Jørn Andersen & Alphonsos Pangas — Greek, Bahasa Indonesian, Norwegian, & Russian — while the existing language sections such as the Spanish, thanks to the tireless work of Juan Fajardo, and Italian, thanks to Ivan A. & Dario Romeo, archives expanded tremendously. For details of MIA accomplishments this year, see the what's new pages for: Jan — Apr, May — Jul, Aug — Oct, & Nov — Dec, 1999.

by Brian Baggins (2001)