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  • Contributing Institution: California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections
    Title: Anarchy Pamphlets and Publications Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: SPC.2022.007
    Physical Description: 2 boxes 2 document boxes Analog
    Physical Description: 58 folders
    Date (inclusive): 1870-2008(?), undated
    Abstract: This collection contains pamphlets, article reprints, printed speeches, journals, underground papers, zines, and comics related to the history, theory, and practice of anarchy, in the United States and around the world. Materials include works of noted anarchists, such as Emma Goldman and Peter Kropotkin, as well as items protesting the trials of anarchists such as Sacco and Vanzetti and Caplan and Schmidt.
    Language of Material: English , Spanish; Castilian .

    Scope and Content

    The Anarchy Pamphlets and Publications Collection (1870-2008, undated, bulk 1900-1970) contains two boxes comprising 58 folders of material purchased in 2021. The pamphlets cover the history of anarchy movements, particularly in Great Britain and the United States, with some material dealing with revolution (or the possibility of it) in Spain and Mexico. While much of the material is strictly theoretical -- arguing for anarchy as a requirement for true human liberty, a large portion of the collection is dedicated to defending anarchists accused of crimes, most notably Sacco and Vanzetti (tried and executed for murder in 1927), viewed by many as innocent. There is also material defending David Caplan and Schmidt (convicted for their role in the dynamiting of the Los Angles Times Building in 1910). The collection contains pamphlets published by early figures in the development of anarchy theory, including Guy Aldred, Alexander Berkmann, Peter Kropotkin, and Errico Malatesta. There are several pamphlets by Emma Goldman, including a number published by the Mother Earth Publishing Association, which Goldman founded.Publications include periodicals published in the United States, Great Britain, and Australia, with the bulk of materials printed in the 1960s-1970s. The collection also includes undergound publications, an anarchy comic book, and zines. Finally, the collection also contains two anti-anarchy documents, an undated pamphlet on Bolshevism, and the transcript of a congressional speech delivered by Rep. Albert Johnson in 1919, arguing for the deportation of anarchists.


    The collection is arranged into five series:
    • Series I: Theory and History, 1870-1976; undated • Series II: Sacco and Vanzetti, 1921-1977; bulk 1921-1928 • Series III: Anarchists 1899-1990; undated • Series IV: Periodicals. 1962-2008; undated • Series V: Anti-Anarchist, 1919, undated

    Processing Information

    The collection was processed in January, 2022, and the finding aid was created by Tom Philo in February, 2022.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Materials were purchased by the Gerth Archives and Special Collections in 2021.

    Conditions Governing Access

    There are no access restrictions on this collection.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    For information about citing archival material, see the Citations for Archival Material  guide, or consult the appropriate style manual.

    Separated Materials

    three books purchased as part of this collection were cataloged separately for the Gerth Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. These include: Borghi, Armando. "Mussolini red and black," (1938); Goldman, Emma "Anarchism and other essays," (1917); Parsons, Albert R. "Anarchism: its philosophy and scientific basis," (1887).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Anarchists -- United States -- Biography
    Sacco-Vanzetti Trial, Dedham, Mass, 1921
    Goldman, Emma, 1869-1940
    Berkman, Alexander, 1870-1936
    Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich, kni︠a︡zʹ, 1842-1921
    Sacco, Nicola, 1891-1927
    Vanzetti, Bartolomeo, 1888-1927