Below the fold, an edited text of Vicky's talk with links to the sources.
I’m a librarian. I work with Jefferson and Dr. David Rosenthal. For more than 20 years, I’ve worked to preserve web journals published by small organizations. Journals published by big corporations are not disappearing. Journals published by small organizations disappear every day. Most small organizations don’t have enough money.
I want to tell you two stories about two journals; Genders and Exquisite Corpse.
Knowing that this was an important journal, I made sure the Internet Archive had crawled Genders while it was available. Now, the Wayback Machine has the only complete, original copy of the back issues.
current Genders website proudly directs people to the Internet Archive for back issue access.
Exquisite CorpseAndrei Codrescu edited “Exquisite Corpse”, from 1983 through 2015. Codrescu is a Romanian-American poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and NPR commentator. For 25 years, he was a Distinguished English Professor at Louisiana State University. Exquisite Corpse was a notorious anti-literary- literary journal. Rebellion, passion and black humor were trademarks.
We know of several times when the future of Exquisite Corpse was in danger. In 2001 Codrescu begged readers:
We need $25,000 dollars to keep bringing you the Corpse. Anything from $20 upwards would be a great help!After Hurricane Katrina, Exquisite Corpse ceased publication. It resumed in 2008 with this from Codrescu:
Welcome to the Post-Katrina Resurrection Corpse, back from a dank hiatus of one year in a formaledehyde-poisoned FEMA trailer. We festered, we raged, we contemplated suicide, and in the end, voted for life because we are a Corpse already and we hate to keep on dying, just like the ideals of the Republic.
Journals published by small organizations encapsulate underrepresented voices and experiences. In addition to poets and gender researchers, scientists publish in numerous small, local journals.
- Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
- Nigerian Journal of Agriculture, Food and Environment
- Russian Journal of Herpetology
I am proud to be working with the Internet Archive’s staff to ensure that the Web’s vast and deep trove of journal literature persists. This work helps to move forward Brewster’s vision; A web that helps us understand our world, and preserves the human record.
Update: the video of Vicky's talk is here.