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 305 issues is online so far, 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).

 

19th Century


1886

October | November | December

1887

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

 

1920s


1926

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

1927

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

1929
(as Freedom Bulletin)

September

 

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)

February

 

1950s


1950

January: 21
February: 18
March: 04 | 18
April: 01 | 15 | 29
May: 13 | 27
June: 10 | 24
July: 08 | 22
August: 05 | 19
September: 02 | 16 | 30
October: 14 | 28
November: 11 | 25
December: 09 | 23

1951

January: 06 | 20
February: 03 | 17
March: 0317 | 31
April: 14
May: 05 | 12 | 19 | 26
June: 02 | 09 | 23  

1958

January: 04 | 11 | 18 | 25
February: 01 | 08 | 15 | 22 
March: 01 | 08 | 15 | 22 | 29
April: 05 | 12 | 19 | 26
May: 03 | 10 | 17 | 24 | 31
June: 07 | 14 | 2128
July: 05121926
August: 0209162330
September: 061320 | 27
October: 04 | 111825
November: 01 | 08 | 152229
December: 0613 | 20 | 27

1959

January: 03 | 10 | 1731
February: 07 | 14 | 21 | 28
March: 07 | 14 | 21 | 28
April: 04 | 11 | 18 | 25
May: 02 | 09 | 16 | 23 | 30
June: 06 | 13 | 20 | 27
July: 04 | 11 | 18 | 28
August: 01 | 08 | 15 |  22 | 29
September: 05 | 12 | 19 | 26
October: 03 | 10 | 1724 | 31
November: 07 | 1621 | 28
December: 05 | 12 | 19 | 26

 

1960s


1960

January: 0209 | 1623 | 30
February: 06 | 13 | 20 | 27
March: 05 | 12 | 19 | 26
April: 02 | 09 | 16 | 30
May: 07 | 14 |  21 | 28
June: 04 | 11 | 18 | 25
July: 02 | 09 | 16 | 30
August: 06 | 13 | 20 | 27
September: 10 |

 

1966

September: 24

October: 08 | 15

 

1970s


1971

August: 14

1972

February: 12
April: 1
September: 30

 

1980s


1980

February: 02 | 16
March: 01

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: 02 | 16 | 30
November: 13 | 27
December: 11 | 25

1985

January | May | June | November

1988

September

 

2000s


2003

November

2004

January: 1024
February: 7 | 21
June: 12
October: 30

2005

August | September

2006

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

2009

March: 28

 

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 in 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