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 book – Blind Spot : Manuel Huet and the libertarian underground in France by Imanol

Manuel ‘Manolo’ Huet Piera was part of the anarcho-syndicalist action groups in the years before the Spanish Revolution, fought in the Spanish Civil War and worked in the Ponzán network smuggling escapers and refugees out of Vichy France during the Second World War. After the war, Huet continued to aid the resistance to Francoism where, until now, his contribution was necessarily unacknowledged.
Blind Spot : Manuel Huet and the libertarian underground in France by Imanol (translated by Paul Sharkey) is available at https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/q575q3

March 2024 Kate Sharpley Library Bulletin online

KSL: Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library No. 113, March 2024 has just been posted on our site: https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/h44kx6 The pdf is up at https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/c5b1n5

Sport, War & Aggression [Letter, 1966] by Albert Meltzer "But let us face it, the majority who resisted conscription, either by objection or indiscipline, desertion or struggle within the forces, were the aggressive types, or, as the psychologists might have it, the ‘delinquents’." https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/02v8dw
Looking for Decio Anzani "Anzani was arrested as an ‘enemy alien’ (because he was a ‘subversive’) and killed when the Arandora Star was torpedoed (2 July 1940)." https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/6m91vt
Decio Anzani by Alfio Bernabei "In 1903 he was called up into the army but deserted instead and had then to leave Italy. The State Archives in Rome show reports about him from Italian spies in Switzerland, France, Belgium and Great Britain." https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/pnw036
Decio Anzani [tribute, 1946] "An attack by fascists was answered by the deportation of antifascists to Canada!" ... "His case is a good illustration of the queer sort of antifascism to which those ruling Britain subscribed." https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/5mknjj
Unsettled Questions in Socialism & Anarchism at the International School "These leaflets had been used as scrap paper to write a translation of Edmund Burke from English into French on their back, and were archived in a file bearing no connection at all to the London French, so this was an entirely chance discovery which revealed the role of the School as a meeting place where debates were organised by the British anarchist Agnes Henry." https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/573psp
Peter Good and the Cunningham Amendment by Seymour Di Sobedience "who can top the handmade, multicolour hedonism of the R Supward Press? Thank you, Peter!" https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/crjg8v
A brief history of the Centro Studi Libertari/ Archivio Giuseppe Pinelli by Luigi Balsamini [Review] "Their story is not only ‘local history’ but throws light on anarchist activities and connections from the seventies onwards." https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/b8gw74
For a Future Made By Us All [Book Review] "it felt like a dialogue: respectful and the opposite of preachy." https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/ncjvx5
Georges Levezan, a Rumanian Student in the International Anarchist Movement by Adrian Tataran "How and where Georges Levezan died we do not know; there is every likelihood that he stayed on in France until the end of his days." https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/8czbj2
March 2024 KSL Update "We have just bought another selection of anarchist ephemera – thanks to our Friends and others who have made donations to the KSL." https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/rfj8tj

October 2023 Kate Sharpley Library Bulletin online

KSL: Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library No. 112, October 2023 has just been posted on our site: https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/63xv5h The pdf is up at https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/bk3m09

The Paris Commune by Jules Scarceriaux (with cartoon by Richard Warren) 'We could never live in those mansions; there are carpets three inches thick; the furniture is too luxurious to be touched' https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/7d7z7v
Jules Scarceriaux. Anarchist by the Dockstader Anarchist Mutual Aid Society 'The FBI made special note of Scarceriaux’s ability to speak nine separate languages, which made him a useful organizer for the I.W.W.' https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/dncmk8
Seth Dockstader by the Dockstader Anarchist Mutual Aid Society 'For those who are unaware of Seth, he is not an anarchist from early period of the anarchist movement, but rather a contemporary who was a loyal friend and comrade to many still active today.' https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/rxwgd9
Walking in the old ruts by H. Mace 'the emancipation of labour from the wages system is an economic problem, and that to make an assault on the House of Commons through the medium of a political Labour party to achieve its salvation is as fatal as practising nudism at the poles.' https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/47d9gh
History notes (Sept. 2023) links to 'The Unstoppable Anarchist Ersilia Cavedagni' and 'The Patacons, a libertarian band in the Prades Mountains' https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/gf1xc3
Defeat and Revival : Thoughts on The Weight of the Stars [Book Review] 'The Weight of the Stars is an essential contribution to the history of the anarchist struggle against Francoism.' https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/tqjs5z
Everyday Anarchist by Nick Mamatas 'A Life for Anarchy: A Stuart Christie Reader, edited by the Kate Sharpley Library, is an excellent step in cementing Christie’s posthumous reputation, and those of his comrades.' https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/280htt
Fighting the “monster of ignorance” [Book review] by Barry Pateman (Review of 'Letterpress Revolution' by Kathy Ferguson): 'This work opens up many paths for militants, researchers and writers to follow in trying understand anarchism and anarchists and their relation to anarchy.' https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/51c6xv
Mat Kavanagh: A Tribute by John Hewetson 'Wherever he found himself Mat was always an anarchist. His experience taught him to adhere to the traditional ideas of the movement and his judgment was always sane, well-balanced and expressed with characteristic humour.' https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/cvdq4x
Mat Kavanagh [Letter] by Henry Moorhouse 'Mat was the boy to remind them of certain principles which no amount of political opportunism could change or destroy.' https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/h9w2qq
Audrey Beecham [letter] by Kevin E 'we were approached by this posh elderly woman who turned out to be Audrey. We were all in our early 20’s at the time, so it seemed unusual, but she was obviously interested and when she talked about her time in Spain we all got on fine.' https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/vhhpng

London Anarchist Bookfair 2023

There'll be a KSL stall at the London Anarchist Bookfair on Saturday 7 October 2023. The bookfair is at 'Rich Mix' 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA
Map and other details at https://anarchistbookfair.london/
Don't forget cash and shopping bag (or two)!

August 2023 Kate Sharpley Library Bulletin online

KSL: Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library No. 110-111, August 2023 [Double issue] has just been posted on our site. https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/34tp7t The PDF is up at https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/j0zr8v
‘Our Cause May Grow The Richer,’ Some thoughts on Billy MacQueen by Barry Pateman. What do 'his scattered writings and publications tell us about him and the anarchist world he was part of'? https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/5tb49z
Remembering Roy Emery. ‘I remember Roy as someone who would stand up for his beliefs’. https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/w0vw8f
‘Not a good look’? Reading Dave Cope on British anarchist publishing history. 'Cope reacts badly to Albert [Meltzer]’s self-declared sectarianism.' https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/z8wcn0
Anarchism: Arguments for and against [2023, review] 'It’s good to have this classic back in print.' https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/m0chw9
Papers from Saint Louis. 'We have just posted some issues of anarchist newspapers published in Saint Louis (or nearby).' https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/ncjvvt
Guillamón and the Nebula. 'We have recently put up two translated articles by Agustín Guillamón which look at affinity groups.' https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/3xsknz
To The Miners by Janet Grove 'Away with masters, one and all,… and, workers, we’ll be Free!' https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/n02x5f
The day we took the white tower [Price Waterhouse occupation, Glasgow, 1984] by Brian Biggins 'In retrospect, the group felt that the action was relatively successful – not from the narrow view of publicity for the Clydeside Anarchists – but because it was a positive action on behalf of the miners to the ruling class offensive.' https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/4xgzxz
Papers and Projects. (Fundación Anselmo Lorenzo / Marie Goldsmith / Past Tense / Stuart Christie / Yiddish anarchist papers / Libcom / Cleveland / MayDay Rooms / Police Spies Out of Lives / The Salish Sea Anarchist Archive) https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/xd2789
Library Notes [July 2023] New subject headings! https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/pvmft6
Join the Professionals: The army of the unemployed. 'The Army doesn’t exist to do you a favour, it’s a force of repression, not a holiday club.' https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/2fr08m