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

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

September 2014 Kate Sharpley Library Bulletin online

KSL: Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library No. 78-79, September 2014 [Double issue] has just been posted on our site. You can get to the contents here http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/cz8xhf or read the full pdf here http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/hmgrxw

This issue contains:
Salvador Gurucharri aka Salva, Comrade and Friend by Octavio Alberola http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/9cnqbn
Antonio Martín Bellido, Madrid 1938-Paris August 17, 2014 by Stuart Christie http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/jq2d6w
No More Mimosa by Ethel Mannin: A re-consideration and appreciation http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/sbcdk6
Ready for Revolution : The CNT Defense Committees in Barcelona, 1933-1938. [Book Review] by Edward McKenna http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/w0vvrq
The French Anarchists in London 1880-1914 (Constance Bantman); The Knights Errant of Anarchy (Pietro Di Paola) [Book Review] http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/bzkj7f
Library Notes (August 2014) http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/v15gdf
Some Latin American Anarchist Women by Cristina Guzzo http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/69p9fc
Anarchists against World War One: Two little known events – Abertillery and Stockport by Nick Heath http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/p8d0px
Futures by John Barker [Book review] http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/wsts65

Remembering Spain by Marzocchi online

You can now read Umberto Marzocchi's account of his time in the anarchist militias on the Aragon front during the Spanish Civil War. This is the second edition, with a timeline of Marzocchi's life. Just scroll down past the description of the pamphlet at http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/xgxf5b