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
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.
The Senya Fléchine [Fleshin] Papers at The International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam are a primary source on Bolshevik persecution of the Russian anarchist movement. They also show the dynamics of the anarchist solidarity efforts with their imprisoned and exiled comrades. An incomplete set of scans from the Fleshin papers can be seen at: http://senyafleshinpapers.wordpress.com/
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).
ISBN 9781873605318, £3
This translation first published as an ebook by Christiebooks
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
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!
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.
"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"