Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Crisis Magazine




Just thought I'd share a bit about a new project we are starting at my other-other-other job at the Modernist Journals Project: we have begun digitizing early issues of The Crisis magazine, which was published in association with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People {starting in 1910}. The magazine was edited by the brilliant W.E.B. DuBois, author of the The Souls of Black Folk. Du Bois campaigned against racism, lynching, and segregation in the U.S., and the magazine takes up these topics, as well as addressing women's rights, democratic ideals, and fair access to education. For me, the visual elements are always as interesting {if not more} than the writing, so I thought I would share some of the early covers with you...the ones from the 20's are incredible, and you can really see the African/Egyptian influences on the art from that period. I'm looking forward to browsing some of the earlier issues, as well -- most of which have been hidden away in archives for decades!
::P.S. The Crisis Magazine is still being published today -- more than 100 years after it began! Check it out here.

9 comments:

zoe said...

what a find! and lucky you, to get to dig through them...the covers are fantastic, thanks!

POP Writers said...

AWESOME! I know what I'm doing today!

{Tara} said...

zoe -- Some of it is fun....the digitizing part really isn't though!

POP -- Ha! You will love them!

KIRAFASHION said...

wow! it seems to be so great!!

Jeffrey said...

Yes, Tara, lucky you! OCR like a champion today! OCR like the wind!!

(Just be sure you don't inbed anything quetionable in the metatext! You never know when those ghosts are going to come back to haunt you . . .)

And remember, Him lik'a tha sprang tyme! Fall tyme too; winter jus' da sam!

saragraph said...

how cool! thanks for the links and images!

{Tara} said...

Kira -- They are really wonderful to read through!

Jeffrey -- You know you miss it here!! Did you know James ended up writing a bio on Lindermann?? Apparently, he was quite an interesting man!

Sara -- But of course my dear. There will be much more to look through once we're done digitizing.

Jade said...

The digitizing process must be a bore, but oh what treats, thank you!

Sam said...

Gosh these are wonderful! What a valuable and terrific service you are doing digitising them! A real treasure trove!