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The Masses


Important note, 24 May 2016: We finished putting up the correct resolution issues of The Masses (for the Tamiment versions). We had indicated they were scanned at 400dpi when in fact we put up the 200dpi versions. We now have the correct, higher resolution scans listed on the page. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Presented here are three independent efforts to make quality digital archives of The Masses 1911-1917, one of the two or three most famous US radical journals. The reason for such special treatment is the enormous amount of artistic content, which we'd like to provide to all in as full detail and variety (up to and including ability to print it out to images worth framing) as possible.

This is the first and (at this time) only place on the web where one can freely download the complete set (all 79 issues) of full original high resolution (roughly 400 dpi on large format issues, roughly 600 dpi on small format issues) digital images of The Masses made by Tamiment Library. All other previous presentations of the scans of Tamiment Library's holdings here, on NYU's web site, and at the Brown University Modernist Journals web site, have been low resolution (150 to 200 dpi) screen display only files.

In a second digital archive of The Masses presented here are digital images of 25 issues in high resolution (600 and 1200 dpi), scanned specifically to archive the art inside, made by Marty Goodman and the Riazanov Library Digital Archive Project using a different approach to scanning (including digital restoration of aging pages) than the other two sets of scans. Why only 25? That's all I could get my hands on after combining my own personal collection of original issues with that of The Holt Labor Library and that of Ted Watts, author of the definitive indexes to The Masses 1911-1917, The Liberator 1918-1924, and New Masses 1926-1933.

We also present the digital archive of The Masses made by Hathi Trust from the holdings of the Hatcher-Labadi special collection. (42 issues. A complete run from Vol 5 no. 12 onwards, plus another six earlier issues). Resolution of these scans tends to be around 270 dpi or less.

The Marxists Internet Archive would like to thank Dr. Marty Goodman of the Riazanov Project and the The Holt Labor Library. Marty Goodman spent hundreds of hours acquiring and organizing the digitized scans, restoring some of the artwork, as well as producing the 25 Riazanov Library masses issues scans himself.

We also want to thank the digital archiving staff at the Tamiment Library for their great service to scholars and to the left in making the digital archive presented here, and its director Timothy Johnson for generously agreeing to our presentation of this material here. As well as University of Michigan's Hatcher Labadie library and its curator, Julie Herrada, for assisting us in obtaining the digital images of their holdings presented here.

This presentation also includes restored high resolution images of all of the two page wide political art found in all issues of The Masses, the result of hundreds of hours of work by Dr. Marty Goodman and by Robin Palmer. We also present a search-able file of Theodore Watts' definitive index to The Masses, here thanks to the permission and generosity of Theodore Watts and Tamiment Library.

Legal NOTE: All scans here are in the public domain, and may be shared in any fashion you see fit, including re-posting for re-distribution on other web sites. We strongly urge you to credit our site (MIA) as the source, and the people and institutions that made the digital archives in question, should you present them elsewhere.


Important notes for the user of these scans of The Masses
  1. Introduction to the THREE collections of digital images of The Masses 1911 – 1917 found on this site
  2. Introduction to The Masses from the Wiki entry written by MIA contributor Tim Davenport
  3. The Masses Index by Theodore Watts (PDF)
  4. The Masses Index by Theodore Watts (Doc format)
  5. The collection of The Masses covers for 1911-1914 [190MB] and covers for 1916-1917 [186MB].
  6. The collection of The Masses two page center art, scanned and introduced by Marty Goodman. [206MB]



Click on the thumbnail or issue number to view or download the full issue. We are presenting different runs of The Masses digitized by various institutions. They are the Tamiment Library version, HathiTrust version at the University of Michigan and Riazanov Library Project high resolution versions. The different version were scanned at different resolutions using different scanner and software settings. We are presenting all the ones available as indicated by whether they are linked or not.




1911



January 1911, Volume 1, No. 1:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
A Monthly Devoted The Interests The Of Working People
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 112 East 19th St., New York City




February 1911, Volume 1, No. 2:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
A Monthly Devoted The Interests The Of Working People
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 112 East 19th St., New York City




March 1911, Volume 1, No. 3:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
A Monthly Devoted The Interests The Of Working People
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 112 East 19th St., New York City




April 1911, Volume 1, No. 4:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
A Monthly Devoted The Interests The Of Working People
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 112 East 19th St., New York City




May 1911, Volume 1, No. 5:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
A Monthly Devoted The Interests The Of Working People
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 112 East 19th St., New York City




June 1911, Volume 1, No. 6:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
A Monthly Devoted The Interests The Of Working People
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 112 East 19th St., New York City




July 1911, Volume 1, No. 7:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
A Monthly Devoted The Interests The Of Working People
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 112 East 19th St., New York City




August 1911, Volume 1, No. 8:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
A Monthly Devoted The Interests The Of Working People
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 112 East 19th St., New York City




September 1911, Volume 1, No. 9:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
A Monthly Devoted The Interests The Of Working People
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 112 East 19th St., New York City




October 1911, Volume 1, No. 10:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
A Monthly Devoted The Interests The Of Working People
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 209 East 45th St., New York City




November 1911, Volume 1, No. 11:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 209 East 45th St., New York City




December 1911, Volume 1, No. 12:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 209 East 45th St., New York City




1912


January 1912, Volume 3, No. 1:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 209 East 45th St., New York City




February 1912, Volume 3, No. 2:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 209 East 45th St., New York City




March 1912, Volume 3, No. 3:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 150 Nassau St., New York City




April 1912, Volume 3, No. 4:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 150 Nassau St., New York City




May 1912, Volume 3, No. 5:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 150 Nassau St., New York City




June 1912, Volume 3, No. 6:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 150 Nassau St., New York City




July 1912, Volume 4, No. 1:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 150 Nassau St., New York City




August 1912, Volume 4, No. 2:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 150 Nassau St., New York City




December 1912, Volume 4, No. 3:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 150 Nassau St., New York City




1913


January 1913, Volume 4, No. 4:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust [Note: the masthead of this issue states: Volume IV, No. IV, Issue No. 20]
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 150 Nassau St., New York City





February 1913, Volume 4, No. 5:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 150 Nassau St., New York City





March 1913, Volume 4, No. 6:    Tamiment   |   Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 150 Nassau St., New York City





April 1913, Volume 4, No. 7:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 150 Nassau St., New York City





May 1913, Volume 4, No. 8:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 150 Nassau St., New York City

[Note: the volume/issue number is mistaken. The editors actually made this issue also "No. 7". This is only corrected in the next issue.]





June 1913, Volume 4, No. 9:    Tamiment   |   Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 150 Nassau St., New York City





July 1913, Volume 4, No. 10:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 91 Greenwich Ave., New York City




August 1913, Volume 4, No. 11:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 91 Greenwich Ave., New York City




September 1913, Volume 4, No. 12:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 91 Greenwich Ave., New York City




October 1913, Volume 5, No. 1:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 91 Greenwich Ave., New York City




November 1913, Volume 5, No. 2:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 91 Greenwich Ave., New York City




December 1913, Volume 5, No. 3:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 91 Greenwich Ave., New York City




1914


January 1914, Volume 5, No. 4:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 91 Greenwich Ave., New York City




February 1914, Volume 5, No. 5:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 91 Greenwich Ave., New York City




March 1914, Volume 5, No. 6:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 91 Greenwich Ave., New York City




April 1914, Volume 5, No. 7:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 91 Greenwich Ave., New York City




May 1914, Volume 5, No. 8:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 91 Greenwich Ave., New York City





June 1914, Volume 5, No. 9:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 91 Greenwich Ave., New York City





July 1914, Volume 5, No. 10:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust :   
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 87 Greenwich Ave., New York City





August 1914, Volume 5, No. 11:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 87 Greenwich Ave., New York City





September 1914, Volume 5, No. 12:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 87 Greenwich Ave., New York City





October 1914, Volume 6, No. 1:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 87 Greenwich Ave., New York City





November 1914, Volume 6, No. 2:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 87 Greenwich Ave., New York City





December 1914, Volume 6, No. 3:    Tamiment   |   Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 87 Greenwich Ave., New York City





1915


January 1915, Volume 6, No. 4:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 87 Greenwich Ave., New York City





February 1915, Volume 6, No. 5:    Tamiment   |   Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 87 Greenwich Ave., New York City





March 1915, Volume 6, No. 6:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 87 Greenwich Ave., New York City





April 1915, Volume 6, No. 7:    Tamiment   |   Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 87 Greenwich Ave., New York City





May 1915, Volume 6, No. 8:    Tamiment   |   Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 87 Greenwich Ave., New York City





June 1915, Volume 6, No. 9:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 87 Greenwich Ave., New York City





July 1915, Volume 6, No. 10:    Tamiment   |   Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 87 Greenwich Ave., New York City





August 1915, Volume 6, No. 11:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 87 Greenwich Ave., New York City





September 1915, Volume 6, No. 12:    Tamiment   |   Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 87 Greenwich Ave., New York City





October-November 1915, Volume 7, No. 1:    Tamiment   |   Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 87 Greenwich Ave., New York City





December 1915, Volume 8, No. 2:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 33 West 14th St., New York City





1916


January 1916, Volume 8, No. 3:    Tamiment   |   Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 87 Greenwich Ave., New York City





February 1916, Volume 8, No. 4:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 33 West 14th St., New York City





March 1916, Volume 8, No. 5:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 33 West 14th St., New York City





April 1916, Volume 8, No. 6:    Tamiment   |   Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 33 West 14th St., New York City





May 1916, Volume 8, No. 7:    Tamiment   |   Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 33 West 14th St., New York City





June 1916, Volume 8, No. 8:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 33 West 14th St., New York City





July 1916, Volume 8, No. 9:    Tamiment   |   Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 33 West 14th St., New York City





August 1916, Volume 8, No. 10:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 33 West 14th St., New York City





September 1916, Volume 8, No. 11:    Tamiment   |   Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 33 West 14th St., New York City





October 1916, Volume 8, No. 12:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 33 West 14th St., New York City





November 1916, Volume 9, No. 1:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 33 West 14th St., New York City





December 1916, Volume 9, No. 2:    Tamiment   |   Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 33 West 14th St., New York City





1917


January 1917, Volume 9, No. 3:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 33 West 14th St., New York City





February 1917, Volume 9, No. 4:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 33 West 14th St., New York City





March 1917, Volume 9, No. 5:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 33 West 14th St., New York City





April 1917, Volume 9, No. 6:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 33 West 14th St., New York City





May 1917, Volume 9, No. 7:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 33 West 14th St., New York City





June 1917, Volume 9, No. 8:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 33 West 14th St., New York City





July 1917, Volume 9, No. 9:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 33 West 14th St., New York City





August 1917, Volume 9, No. 10:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 33 West 14th St., New York City





September 1917, Volume 9, No. 11:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 33 West 14th St., New York City





October 1917, Volume 9, No. 12:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov    |    HathiTrust
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 33 West 14th St., New York City





November–December 1917, Volume 10, Nos. 1 & 2:    Tamiment   |    Riazanov   |    HathiTrust LAST ISSUE
The Masses
Published by The Masses Publishing Co., 33 West 14th St., New York City