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Some of their bibliographies are available in printed form, too. You used to be able to buy the complete "From Beverages Thru OSCAR" software package (a DOS program written by Rich Rosen, K2RR) from ARRL Headquarters for .The following preface describes his work and wonderful resource.One would have to get the permission of every author who had written for 73 Magazine in order to make a CD-ROM collection available.Wayne sold 73 a couple times which further complicates the matter.However, Buckmaster was one of the first to have microfilmed, and later, scanned issues of the magazine.
Didah also publishes smaller, less-expensive software packages for each of most popular ham magazines. Box 7368, Nashua, NH 03060, (telephone 603-878-3628).
So, never fear, it is out there as several university libraries still have it available.
References: "..University of Arizona Science and Engineering Library has back issues of QST, 73 and CQ magazines either in paper form or on microfiech or as PDF files.
And the courts rulings on CD-ROMs Of Magazine Archives have been mixed.
73 usually only bought first publication rights and sometimes first reprint rights.