Selected Special Collections
Paul Avrich Collection
American and European anarchist publications issued after 1900.
[Frontispiece and title page from "Anarchism and other essays" with bust portrait of Emma Goldman, facing front]. From the Avrich Collection, the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, the Library of Congress.
Books, pamphlets, offprints, serials, manuscripts, correspondence, newspaper clippings, audio and video cassettes, microfilms, and miscellaneous ephemera concerning anarchism in the United States and Europe during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Includes works by Paul Avrich; published and unpublished materials relating to prominent anarchists such as Alexander Berkman, Emma Goldman, Max Nettlau, Max Nomad, Rudolf Rocker, and Mollie Steimer; extensive records of the Libertarian Book Club from the period 1945-1985; and archival materials concerning Fraye Arbeṭer Shṭime, a Jewish anarchist newspaper published for 87 years until 1977, as well as papers of its last editor Ahrne Thorne. Also includes records of American anarchist colonies such as the Modern School in Stelton, New Jersey, administered by Alexis and Elizabeth Ferm; the Mohegan Colony in Crompond, New York, founded by Harry Kelly, and the Sunrise Cooperative Farm Community in Michigan.
In 1986 the prominent historian of anarchism Paul Avrich donated to the Library his extensive collection of books, pamphlets, periodicals, manuscripts, and memorabilia relating to the movement. The collection is particularly rich in American and European publications issued after 1900, with a full range of important anarchist writers represented, such as Errico Malatesta, Mikhail Bakunin, Rudolf Rocker, Prince Kropotkin, Alexander Berkman, and Emma Goldman. The Goldman material is a notable example of how the Avrich Collection deepens the Library's resources in this area. Though the Library owns most of Emma Goldman's major works, the Avrich Collection contains ephemeral pamphlets such as Love among the Free and Trotsky Protests Too Much, Japanese and French translations of her autobiography, and later revisions of such important books as the 1911 and 1917 editions of Anarchism and Other Essays, as well as correspondence from Goldman to friends after her 1919 deportation from the United States.