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  • SongofHannahSongofHannah
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    I am trying to do research into older publications, which can be quite laborious – and it occurred to me, that perhaps someone might have come across, or might have created a “WT Library” of sorts, that includes literature released before 1950. Surely Bethel must have a tool that does this. If anyone has anything like that and are willing to share a copy, I’d be forever grateful! I would also use discretion and not disclose that I had a copy, if need be. If so, please contact me at songofhannah at zoho dot com. Thanks.

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    Robert KingRobert King
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    Here is an archive of old Watchtower’s up to 1949 https://wtarchive.wordpress.com/english/zions-watch-tower/

    Here is a searchable collection of Rutherford’s books https://archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3A%22J.F.+Rutherford%22

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    SongofHannahSongofHannah
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    Wow these are great Robert! This archive has publications I’ve never even heard of! I mean, who’s ever heard of “Everybody’s Paper”? lol

    My ultimate wish though – and I know it’s likely just a pipe-dream – is to have all these publications scanned through an OCR reader and then be able to search the documents in the same way you can search them the WT Library. For instance, put in the search entry “1914” and it would bring up every article or publication that contained that search query.

    But I am very thankful for what you’ve found here, as it’s a great start. And as Google gets better at reading image-sourced PDFs and such, this may become even more viable site towards that goal.

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