This month the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center began hosting hundreds of issues of electronic amateur journal (E-Journals) produced by AAPA publishers. Their Digital Amateur Journalism Collection complements the vast Library of Amateur Journalism of printed amateur papers held in the Special Collections department at Memorial Library on the UW-Madison campus.
The majority of E-Journals were produced between 2004 and 2010, although production continues today. AAPA members can still submit new AAPA E-Journals.
UW guidelines require journals in their archive to be at least two years old, and our newer journals can be submitted to them annually.
You can browse the UW archive by title, author, or year. Enjoy publications such as Whippoorwill E-Comment, A Seeker's Journal, Author's Bazaar, The Windswept Journal, and AAPA Miscellany.
Once you get to a journal’s title, click on “+ Available Contents” to see a list of individual issues, then click on one of the issue links to access it. Use the “Full view” link to see the entire PDF file for that issue.
If you are interested in the history of E-Journals, check out "E-Journals: Salvation or Menace" beginning on page 5 of The Fossil for October 2019.
Amateur journalism is a unique activity. Amateur journalists publish journals on paper & online & come from many perspectives: from deluxe letterpress printed journals, to Xeroxed newsletters, to artistically designed cards and ephemera. We embrace the spirit of being amateurs – loving what we do for pure joy and not financial gain – while creating top quality journals, zines, and homemade publications.