MIA: History: USA: Publications: New Masses
Introduction to the New Masses digital archive on Marxists Internet Archive
The Riazanov Library, partnered with Marxists.org, is delighted to present here every issue and every page of New Masses 1926 - 1948, scanned in relatively high resolution, art-preserving fashion. This project took me six years to complete. It's one of the biggest of the Riazanov Library digital archive projects.
The scans here I made from my personal collection, from the personal collection of Tim Davenport, from the personal collection of Ted Watts, and from the holdings of Holt Labor Library of San Francisco.
Early on in this project, Stanford’s Hoover Library gave us very kind assistance in supplying color scans of color covers of two issues (July 1926 and May 1927) and with a color 2 page center graphic art work in May 1927 where we did not have access to the original paper. May 1927 is an exceptionally rare issue: neither Tamiment Library nor Hatcher Labadie library had a copy of it. Two weeks after I received those scans, a copy of May 1927 became available from Lorne Bair rare books, enabling me to make scans of it entirely from the original paper I remain very grateful for the extremely kind and generous assistance provided by Stanford University's Hoover Library in this (and in some other) project(s).
I also could not have made this digital archive without the help of John Durham of Bolerium Books of San Francisco, Daryl Van Fleet of Bibliomania books of Oakland, and Eugene Povirk of Southpaw Books of Massachusetts, who supplied me with large numbers of the issues I scanned.
I began this archive project in late 2014. I originally intended to provide digital images of only the early, monthly New Masses issues of 1926 - 1933. But as time went by, and original paper complete runs of subsequent issues became available to me, the project gradually expanded, and now it is done. Complete through the last issue of New Masses in January of 1948.
[Of the over 800 issues (approx 25,000 pages) presented here, there are five issues (about 160 pages total) for which I never was able to obtain original paper issues to scan. One in 1941, three in 1942, and one in 1946. For these, I managed to obtain, scanned by others, lower resolution but still pretty decent (300 dpi) digital images, and it is these I present here. These images are noted in the listing as being 300 dpi images.]
For the years 1926 through 1936 we present here, with the very kind and generous permission of the author, Theodore Watt's three books of indexes and tables of contents to New Masses. Two that were published (1926-1933, and 1934-1935), and one unpublished work of his for 1936 New Masses. These are searchable PDF files. They should greatly facilitate finding specific material, authors, subjects, art, and artists in those years.
See the expanded essay How I Scanned Scanned New Masses for more information on scanning techniques.
Martin H. Goodman MD
San Pablo, CA February 2020
Director, Riazanov Library digital archive projects
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26 January 2020