Welcome to the Kate Sharpley Library

The Kate Sharpley Library exists to preserve and promote anarchist history. (More information.)

Everything at the Kate Sharpley Library - acquisitions, cataloguing, preservation work, publishing, answering enquiries is done by volunteers: we get no money from governments or the business community. All our running costs are met by donations from members of the collective, subscribers and supporters, or by the small income we make through publishing. Please consider donating and subscribing.

We also try to promote the history of anarchism by publishing studies based on those materials - or reprints of original documents taken from our collection. Check out our books and pamphlets available for sale or explore our online documents or browse back issues of our Bulletin.

Our physical library (in California) includes books, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts and ephemera documenting the history of anarchist movements. Contact us to arrange a visit.

Recent news

New publication: Los Maños : the lads from Aragon ; the story of an anti-Franco action group

The Kate Sharpley Library collective are pleased to announce the publication of another study of the anarchist resistance to Franco's dictatorship.
Mariano Aguayo Morán (1922-1994) was one of the members of the ‘Los Maños’ group. This group of friends from Zaragoza joined together to fight the Francoist regime in the optimistic days after the second world war. Originally active with the Socialist Youth, they soon joined the anarchist resistance alongside militants like Francisco ‘Quico’ Sabaté and José Lluís Facerías. Betrayed by one of the group members, Wenceslao Jiménez Orive was seriously wounded in a police ambush in Barcelona on 9 January 1950. Rather than be captured, he took cyanide. Simón Gracia Fleringán, Plácido Ortiz Gratal and Victoriano Muñoz Treserras were arrested the same day, and executed on 24 December 1950.
These interviews throw light not only on the story of the ‘Los Maños’ group, but the nature, motivations and difficulties of the anarchist resistance to Francoism.

Now available from the Kate Sharpley Library in the UK (North American copies available soon).
See: http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/rn8r13
ISBN 9781873605318, £3
This translation first published as an ebook by Christiebooks

October 2014 Kate Sharpley Library Bulletin online

KSL: Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library No. 80, October 2014 has just been posted on our site.
You can get to the contents here http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/fn30cz or read the full pdf here http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/m6406g

This issue contains:
Emma Goldman in Saint Louis by “an old hand from the furniture removal trade” http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/2bvr6d
Antonia Fontanillas Borrás (1917-2014) by Librepensador Acrata http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/547f75
Albert Meltzer quotes http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/1g1ksd
José Ignacio Martín-Artajo Saracho – b 1932, Madrid; d 14 April 2005, Gerona – Anarchist, diplomat, blasphemer, poet and man of letters by Stuart Christie http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/hdr94j
Library News (October 2014) http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/0gb6hd


London Anarchist Bookfair 2014


The 2014 London Anarchist Bookfair is just round the corner. It will be at Queen Mary’s, University of London on the Mile End Road. The date is Saturday 18th October from 10am to 7pm

More details at: www.anarchistbookfair.org.uk

See you there!

Appeal: a memorial for Frank Kitz

Frank Kitz was critical in in the development of class struggle anarchism in Nineteenth Century Britain. You can read his memoirs here: http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/3r2368
He lived and died in poverty but never stopped fighting. This is such a worthy project. Please try and help.

Original call:
"I have been in contact with a member of Frank Kitz's family. Frank Kitz , you may remember, was one of the leading lights in the Socialist League, and a working class anarchist who devoted his life to social emancipation. He died in extreme poverty and is buried in a common grave in Morden cemetery in London. I and members of the Kitz family would like to honour the life of FK by providing a memorial stone at the cemetery. The inauguration of the stone would be marked by a ceremony.
"Those who would like to contribute to a fund to pay for the stone can make cheques or postal orders out to N. Heath and send c/o London AF, Freedom Bookshop, Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX"

Leah Feldman photo

Thanks to a good friend of Albert Meltzer we can share with you a scan of the original image of Leah Feldman (on leaving Russia) as used in her obituary in KSL: Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library. See http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/ttf0kr