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From The Abolitionist to The Young Socialist: another A-Z journey through one library’s periodical collection

Posted by wcmlibrary on April 11, 2014

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.

Catonsville Roadrunner - May 1969 (cover)

The Catonsville Roadrunner

City Fun - Vol 2 No 17

City Fun


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

Happy searching


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From AASA Viewpoint to Zip – a journey through one library’s periodical collection

Posted by wcmlibrary on March 8, 2013

Another day, another major project completed! I have just finished my ‘journey’ through our short run periodicals.

As you may know the library gets donations of materials from all sorts of places and people and amongst those donations are a variety of magazines and journals. In general we don’t get a full set, but only a few copies of each title – and these are our short run periodicals.

And I have just finished cataloguing them – all 3000 of them. Prior to this they were tucked away in filing cabinets, with only an incomplete spreadsheet to let us know what we had. Now they are in boxes with relevant subjects or organisations.

One result of this is that we have discovered we have 3 boxes of Anarchist periodicals, and 7 boxes of periodicals about Socialism. We have also added substantially to our collections of Irish and Labour Party periodicals.Cunningham Amendment

I have catalogued items from trade unions, political parties, pressure groups, community groups as well as general political and social issue magazines, most deadly serious, but some are funny, such as The Cunningham Amendment, published by the East Pennine Anarcrisps – but if you want to see how funny it is you’ll have to come and visit us – or search our catalogue at to find out more (and yes, it is held together with elastic bands and lolly sticks).


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