BiblicalStudies.org.uk serves as the official archive site for the print copies of Anvil Journal (1984-2011). Over the last few weeks I have revisited the project and re-contacted authors for their permissions. As a result many of the gaps have now been filled. If you are an Anvil author and your article is not on-line, or if you know who owns the rights to the works of a deceased author, please get in touch with me.
The following is an announcement sent to me by Dr Thomas E. Phillips, the project’s Director.
Open Access Content Available Globally
We at the Digital Theological Library have created a separate, fully Open Access, library in religious studies (and related disciplines) for global use.
This is OCLC’s only fully OA library. It currently has about 100,000 ebooks and 1 million articles in it.
We encourage you to use it and to encourage others to use it. The more use it gets, the easier it will be to get external funding.
Please let us if there are important OCLC catalogued OA resources that should be added to be the collections. (We can add materials with relative ease if they are already cataloged in OCLC; otherwise it is difficult to add uncataloged content.)
The Canadian Journal of Theology was published by the University of Toronto and ran for 16 volumes between 1955 and 1970. It is valuable resource of learned articles from an interesting range of theological perspectives. Canterbury Cathedral library have kindly provided me with a full set of this journal. However, as far as digitisation is concerned, it presents some unusual challenges. In Canada the copyright term is life of author + 50 years and so some of the articles are now in the public domain. The digital rights (which were not thought of when the journal was published) belong to the authors, the majority of whom are now, sadly, deceased. Tracing the estates of authors is always a difficult task and so far I have only been able to make contact with a few of them.
As I have corresponded with folks in Canada, however, it has become clear that they are very interested in seeing this journal placed on-line. Because of this positive feedback and the tremendous value to students of the journal itself, I have decided to go ahead (cautiously) with this project straight away. While still attempting at every stage to find the copyright holder, I am going to begin making most of the articles available in the hope that the rights holders that I have been unable to trace, will contact me. I am making Volume 1 of the Journal available today.
It would be a great help if you could look through the table of contents and share this post with anyone whom you think might know one of the copyright holders.