You Can Now Read the Whole Earth Catalog Online



Remember the Whole Earth Catalog? If you’re a fan of the anarcho-libertarian magazine that helped usher in a popular interest in all things tech and internet culture, there’s good news: a nearly complete collection of the publication’s archive has been digitized and uploaded to the web for easy browsing.

Whole Earth was first published in 1968, during the heyday of the 60s’ counterculture, by writer and futurist Stewart Brand. The motto of the publication, “access to tools”, referred to its desire to provide readers with DIY products and advice to help them become more independent and in touch with nature. The original magazine only published several times but the franchise would later evolve, developing several offshoots that focused, among other things, on helping to circulate an emergent cyberculture.

On Friday, Wired pointed out that Whole Earth’s archive had been uploaded to the web. Wired reports that Barry Threw is the executive director for the the Gray Collective in San Francisco, who was responsible for the project to restore and digitize the collection. Threw collaborated with the LongNow Foundation a non-profit cultural organization, and the Internet Archive which hosts the collection online. The Internet Archive website also offers each issue in PDF format. The archive includes issues of

Whole-Earth Software Review – an offshoot from the original magazine, which was first published in 1984. It dealt with the new computer culture at that time. Brand, now 84, told Wired that he was glad the collection is available for the public. This is a massive amount of work that’s finally available. We’re just delighted.”The fact that all of these issues are now up on the web is pretty awesome and you should definitely check it out. For more information, head to project’s main page, which you can access