9.199 back issues

Humanist (mccarty@phoenix.Princeton.EDU)
Sun, 1 Oct 1995 19:30:29 -0400 (EDT)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 9, No. 199.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)

[1] From: henrich@theol.unizh.ch (81)
Subject: Re: 9.190 buyers for back copies of journals?

There is a list devoted to the exchange of serial back issues: BACKSERV.
The following welcome message might help you.
R. Henrich

Rainer Henrich, lic. theol.
Bullinger-Briefwechsel-Edition        Phone:   xx41 1 257 67 54
Kirchgasse 9                          FAX:     xx41 1 262 14 12
CH-8001 Zuerich                       e-mail:  henrich@theol.unizh.ch

Subject: Welcome to Backserv

Backserv - Welcome and Scope


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