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Expanded Socialist Worker Archive June 13, 2022

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The online archive of Socialist Worker has been expanded again to bring it almost to the contemporary. It now ranges from the first issue of The Worker in 1972 up to Socialist Worker issue 400 in 2017.

It includes 375 issues of the paper, with fairly complete coverage from the early 1990s onwards. It’s a great resource (and well done to the patient person who did all that scanning…!)

You can find them on SWOnline on Issuu.

Archive of Socialist Worker January 14, 2022

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This is an excellent archive of Socialist Worker from the SWP.

As noted:

A significant number of scanned newspapers from the 1993 to 1999 period have been uploaded, almost all the Socialist Workers published at that time. There’s also a smaller number of pre-1993 papers now online too.

What is notable is how direct and visually well constructed the publication has been across the years.

A very useful addition to online archives of left political material available.

Some of the documents added to the Left Archive in 2021 January 3, 2022

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From the ILA twitter account a list of documents absent from the Archive as well as organisations and campaigns now represented.

New Left Archive Collection: The British Left on Ireland June 7, 2021

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A photograph of a Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist) rally in Trafalgar Square calling for the withdrawal of British troops from Ireland, 5th September, 1971.

We’ve added a new collection on the Irish Left Archive site to bring together the documents from the British Left on Ireland. Over the years the archive has added documents from a wide range of British Left organisations and this collection groups them within broad Left trends: British Labour Party (and related groups), Trotskyist groups, Communist Party of Great Britain (and related groups), other communist organisations, Maoists and Socialist Party of Great Britain.

You can view the collection on the Irish Left Archive website: The British Left on Ireland.

The Irish Left Archive Podcast August 10, 2020

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Irish Left Archive Podcast

We’ve started a podcast as part of the Irish Left Archive project.

We’ll be talking to activists, writers, historians, politicians and others involved in the Left about the experience of being involved in building and participating in left groups and campaigns, producing political periodicals and documents, and the history and development of progressive politics in Ireland.

The first two episodes are live now. You can listen to them on the leftarchive.ie website, or find them on Spotify. (It should be on Apple/Itunes soon too – if it doesn’t come up in your podcast app yet, you can always add the podcast feed link directly).

In episode one we discuss the left archive project and how it has developed since it started in 2007.

In episode two, we talk to Laurence Cox about left activism and the publications in the archive that he has been involved in – An Caorthann, Ireland from Below, and Interface.

There will be more in the coming weeks with a range of guests, so please give them a listen, subscribe if you use a podcast app, and feel free to give us feedback!

Break Time – More to Come! Irish Left Archive Podcast

This episode is a quick round up of the current podcast series and future plans for the Irish Left Archive. Thanks to all of our guests so far, and to everyone who has listened, contributed material to our document collection, and got in touch with information and feedback.
  1. Break Time – More to Come!
  2. Ruairí Ó Brádaigh: The Life and Politics of an Irish Revolutionary, with Charles Tuba
  3. Mags O'Brien: Divorce Action Group, Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Women and Trade Unionism

Irish Left Archive Subject Headings May 7, 2018

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We’ve recently added subject headings into the Irish Left Archive website to try and make it easier to find documents on a particular topic. They’re still a bit limited, but we plan to build them up over time.

You can view a list of subjects in the index, grouped by different types – elections, referendums, events or areas of policy.

On individual items in the archive, subjects are listed near the top, along with the organisation, year of publication, and so on. You’ll also see a ‘Suggest a Subject’ button, which you can use to suggest a subject heading – existing or new – that should be included on a particular document.

Subject headings on a document page

Hopefully this will make the archive materials easier to find. As ever, feedback, corrections and suggestions are always welcome.

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