The Freedom Press Newspaper Archive

Thanks initially to the archiving efforts of Libcom and the Sparrows’ Nest, a number of Freedom’s old editions have become available as PDFs over the last few years, and as part of our efforts to maintain and make our archive available more widely, we’ve decided to mirror and expand on these collections. Below we’ve collated and optimised all the files we could find online, and have also added scans of our own, many of which are keyword searchable. Please note: The overall quality is variable depending on who it is that’s done the scanning and in some cases, because the papers themselves were damaged in the 2013 arson attack on Freedom Bookshop.

A selection of 539 issues is online so far featuring examples from almost every decade, with more to come — though that represents only a fraction of the thousands brought out over the last 130 years. Freedom retains an archive of printed versions of the paper, and a long-term project will be to scan and put up as much of it as possible. If you want to get involved in the Freedom digital archiving project please do get in touch!

Freedom also has some materials related to the broader anarchist movement’s history in Britain — check out our unique timeline of the last 90 years and for an in-depth overview of the 1870-1930 period, John Quail’s The Slow Burning Fuse. If you’re also looking for 1960s publication Anarchy: a journal of anarchist ideas, most of them have been scanned and uploaded to an archive on Libcom (here). Separately we have also collated a list of Freedom books published over the last 130-odd years on Wikipedia (spreadsheet here). While not entirely complete, it does cover most of the Press’s output throughout that time.

Jump to: 1910s1920s1930s/40s1950s1960s1970s1980s1990s | 2000s | 2010s

 

19th Century


1886

October | November | December

1887

February | April | May | June | July | August | September

x

1910s


1914
November

1916

March

1917

April | May | December

1918

September | November

1919

January | April

x

1920s


1921
February | July | August

1926

January | February | April | June | August | October | November

1927

January | February | March | April | June | July | September | November

1929
(as Freedom Bulletin)

Septemberx

x

1930s/40s


1931
(as Freedom Journal)

January

1936
(as Spain And The World)

December: 11 (Vol 1:1) | 24

1937

January: 8 | 22
February:  5 | 15

 

1946
(as Freedom)

Februaryx

x

1950s


1950
January: 21
February: 18
March: 4 | 18
April: 1 | 15 | 29
May: 13 | 27
June: 10 | 24
July: 8 | 22
August: 5 | 19
September: 2 | 16 | 30
October: 14 | 28
November: 11 | 25
December: 9 | 23

1951

January: 6 | 20
February: 3 | 17
March: 317 | 31
April: 14
May: 5 | 12 | 19 | 26
June: 2 | 9 | 23 | 30 
July: 7 | 14 | 21 | 28
August: 4 | 11 | 18 | 25
September: 1 | 8 | 15 | 22 | 29
October: 6 | 13 | 20 | 27
November: 3 | 10 | 17  | 24
December: 1 | 8 | 15 | 22 | 29

1952

January: 5 | 12 | 19 | 26
February: 2 | 9 | 16 | 23
Match: 1 | 8 | 15 | 22 | 29
April: 5 | 12 | 19 | 26
May: 3 | 10 | 17 | 24 | 31
June: 7 | 14 | 21 | 28
July: 5 | 12 | 19 | 26
August: 2 | 9 | 16 | 23 | 30
September: 6 | 13 | 20 | 27
October: 4 | 11 | 18
November: 1 | 8 | 15  | 22 | 29
December: 6 | 13 | 20 | 27

1953

January: 3 | 10 | 17 | 24 | 31
February: 7 | 14 | 21 | 28
March:  7 | 21 | 28
April: 04 |11 | 18 | 25
May: 2 | 9 | 16 | 23 | 30
June: 6 | 13 | 20 | 27
July: 4 | 11 | 18 | 25
August: 1 | 8 | 15 | 22 | 29
September: 5 | 12 | 19 | 26
October: 3 | 10 | 17 | 24 | 31
November: 7 | 14 | 21 | 28
December: 5 | 12 | 19 | 26

1958

January: 4 | 11 | 18 | 25
February: 1 | 8 | 15 | 22 
March: 1 | 8 | 15 | 22 | 29
April: 5 | 12 | 19 | 26
May: 3 | 10 | 17 | 24 | 31
June: 7 | 14 | 2128
July: 5121926
August: 29162330
September: 61320 | 27
October: 4 | 111825
November: 1 | 8 | 152229
December: 613 | 20 | 27

1959

January: 3 | 10 | 1731
February: 7 | 14 | 21 | 28
March: 7 | 14 | 21 | 28
April: 4 | 11 | 18 | 25
May: 2 | 9 | 16 | 23 | 30
June: 6 | 13 | 20 | 27
July: 4 | 11 | 18 | 28
August: 1 | 8 | 15 |  22 | 29
September: 5 | 12 | 19 | 26
October: 3 | 10 | 1724 | 31
November: 7 | 1621 | 28
December: 5 | 12 | 19 | 26

x

1960s


1960
January: 29 | 1623 | 30
February: 6 | 13 | 20 | 27
March: 5 | 12 | 19 | 26
April: 2 | 9 | 16 | 30
May: 7 | 14 |  21 | 28
June: 4 | 11 | 18 | 25
July: 2 | 9 | 16 | 30
August: 6 | 13 | 20 | 27
September: 10 |

1962

October: 20
November: 10 | 17
December: 15 | 22

1963

October: 6 | 12  | 19 | 26
November: 3 9 16 23 30
December: 1 | 8 | 14 | 21

1966

September: 24
October: 8 | 15x

x

1970s


1971
August: 14

1972

February: 12
April: 1
September: 30

1976

December: 4x

x

1980s


1980
February: 2 | 16
March: 1 | 15 | 29
April: 12 | 26
May:  10 | 24
June: 7 | 21
July: 5 | 19
August: 2 | 16 | 30
September: 13 | 27
October: 11 | 25
November: 8 | 22
December: 8 | 20

1981

January: 17 | 30
February: 13 | 27
March: 13 | 26
April: 10
May: 1 | 8 | 23
June: 6 | 20
July: 4 | 18
August: 1 | 15 | 22
September: 12 | 26
October: 10 | 24
November: 7 | 21 
December: 5 | 19

1982

January: 23
February: 6 | 26
March: 6 | 26
April: 4 | 17
May: 1 | 22 | 29
June: 12 | 26
July: 10 | 24
August: ? | 7 | 26
September: 11
October: 2 | 16 | 30
November: 13 | 27
December: 11 | 25

1985

January | May | June | November

1988

Septemberx

x

1990s


1994
January: 8 | 22
February: 19
March: 19
April: 2 | 16 | 30
May: 28
June: 11x

x

2000s


2003
November: 4
December: 20

2004

January: 1024
February: 7 | 21
March: 6
April: 3 | 17
May: 1 | 15 | 29
June: 12 | 26
July: 10
August: 7
September: 4 | 18
October: 2 | 30
November: 13 | 27
December: 11

2005

January: 8 | 22
February: 5 | 19
March: 5 | 19
April: 9 | 23
May: 7
June: 25
July: 9 | 23
August: 6
September: 3 | 17
October: 1 | 15 | 29
November: 12 | 26

2006

January: 14 | 28
February: 11 | 25
March: 11

2009

March: 28x

x

2010s


2010
June: 19
July: 13 | 31
September: 11
October: 23
November: 6
December: 4 | 18

2012

May

2014

October

2015

October

2016

May | October

2017

May


Notes

Many of the authors writing around the 1950s and ’60s used initials rather than their full names. Some of these are listed below, though are occasionally only one letter (so suggested names may not be accurate):

  • DR: Donald Rooum
  • PS: Philip Sampson
  • CW: Colin Ward 
  • G: Guy Aldred?
  • JR: John Rety
  • H: John Hewetson?
  • GO: Geoffrey Ostergaard

In the 1990s the papers are nine pages. Freedom was actually printed on eight sheets, but page one was split between the “front” and “back” pages, allowing sellers to present a smaller front which opened into an tabloid-sized paper.