Selected Special Collections
Anarchism publications prepared for U. S. foreign-language communities
In 1977 the Library acquired through exchange and purchase nearly fourteen hundred books, pamphlets, serial issues, and ephemeral items relating to the study of anarchy. These publications were printed between the 1850's and the 1970s primarily for the French-, German-, Italian-, Russian-, Spanish-, and Yiddish-speaking communities within the United States. While touching upon many political and social issues, the collection focuses on the history and philosophy of anarchism and the lives and writings of its major proponents. Of particular interest are pamphlets documenting the beliefs and activities of local organizations and short-lived movements. See: American Communist, Socialist, and Anarchist Literature of the Late 19th and 20th Centuries for details.
Also see like collections in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division: Paul Avrich Collection: American and European anarchist publications issued after 1900, (10,250 items), the M & S Collection: Twentieth-century radical publications, (10,000 items) and the Radical Pamphlets Collection: Pamphlets, broadsides, and memorabilia concerning American communism, anarchism, and socialism, 1870-1980 (especially 1930-1949), (2,000 items).