As part of our ongoing effort to make our collections more accessible I have just finished cataloguing our long run periodicals collection and I see that it was just over a year ago that I finished the short run periodicals. So now all our unbound periodicals have been catalogued. I think that merits an extra biscuit with my afternoon tea.
And no, I haven’t just been working on the long run periodicals since then. That’s because there are significantly fewer titles – only 483 to be exact – as opposed to the 3000-odd short run titles.
As you would expect they cover the usual subjects such as socialism, communism, politics and trade unions, but we also have a good collection of other periodicals covering such subjects as literature, poetry and even the arts and crafts movement with a near complete run of the journal of the William Morris Society.
Manchester also gets a look in with City Fun – a Manchester fanzine from the 1970s and 1980s to which Morrissey contributed an article about Sandie Shaw under the pseudonym Bert Macho – along with Manchester Free Press, a community paper; Manchester Women’s Liberation newsletter and New Manchester Review, another community paper.
And then there are the quirky titles, such as The Catonsville Roadrunner, a revolutionary Christian magazine, with a bit of anarchism thrown in for good measure.
All of which, and more, can be found by searching our online catalogue www.wcml.org.uk/catalogue/adlib-catalogue