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

March 2021 Kate Sharpley library non-bulletin online

NOT the bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library, No.6 March 2021 is here: https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/9s4pcz
100th anniversary of the Kronstadt revolt
An online conference, March 20-21, 2021
As Rexroth said:
Kronstadt (and other revolts) in graphic novels
Emma Goldman: New Book by Rachel Hui-Chi Hsu
Centro Iberico
The Paris Commune
On the railway (in Spanish)
Stuart Christie: Podcast and Archive
Stuart Christie’s Life and Legacy with The Stuart Christie Memorial Archive
The Stuart Christie Memorial Archive
Spanish comrades
The UJA, One of the Very First Groups to Fight Francoism by Imanol
The Rue Duguesclin Hold-Up and the Story of the Spanish Anarchists in Lyon and Villeurbanne by Oscar Freán Hernández

The Stuart Christie Memorial Archive

Friends, family and comrades of Stuart Christie have come up with a plan to commemorate his life by creating an archive at London’s Mayday Rooms and online.
“Stuart’s life may have been plastered with headlines, Britain’s most famous anarchist was the usual description, but the small print of it was what was important. His courage, imagination, his loyalty, not just to what he believed in, but to his friends and family, his remarkable intelligence, his self-deprecating, droll and spiky humour. He was a man of parts, each one of them remarkable.
“To reveal the richness of Stuart’s life and the many histories he was a part of, we intend to establish a memorial archive in his name. The Stuart Christie Memorial Archive will be housed at the MayDay Rooms in Fleet Street in London.”
The fundraiser has raised over half the target. Read more about the project (and donate!) at https://www.gofundme.com/f/stuart-christie-memorial-archive Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/ArchiveStuart
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArchiveStuart

February 2021 Kate Sharpley library non-bulletin online

NOT the bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library, No.5 February 2021 is here: https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/cvdpxr
Stuart Christie: The Stuart Christie Memorial Archive
Of the Book and the Deed: A Tribute to Stuart Christie by Nhat Hong
A salute to Alexandre Skirda 1942-2020
RIP: Ken Weller
The life-saver: César Orquín: the Anarchist Inmate Who Saved Hundreds of Spanish Deportees in the Nazis’ Mauthausen Camp by Carlos Hernández
Two Women: Augusta Farvo, Partisan and Kiosk Operative by Lorenzo Pezzica
María Lozano Molina, Poet, Activist and Woman-At-Arms by Imanol
Russia: Prison Nabat [Ekaterinburg] No.1, 16 August 1919
Russian anarchists’ manifesto: For a free Russia! [1934] by G. P. Maximoff
Historical goodies:
November 1908 San Francisco Haymarket Commemoration leaflet
Historical Research: Beyond the bounds of revolutions : Chinese in transnational anarchist networks from the 1920s to the 1950s by Morgan William Rocks

December 2020 Kate Sharpley library non-bulletin online

Can't do a bulletin, but here is some reading matter. "NOT the bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library", No.4 December 2020 is here https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/x96051

Stuart Christie 1946-2020
Bob D’Attilio tribute from the KSL
Other Anarchist Lives
New KSL Co-publication
Longer pieces of history
Elsewhere / Even more to read
Finally: Quiz Time

September 2020 Kate Sharpley Library Bulletin online

KSL: Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library No. 102, September 2020 has just been posted on our site. The PDF is up at: https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/m640h1

Stuart Christie portrait https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/547fkw
The Kate Sharpley Library and Stuart: an appreciation "It would have been easy for Stuart to play the role of hero and champion. He rejected that and any other idea of him being a leader, which shows the measure of the man." https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/hdr9dx
Stuart Christie 1946-2020 Anarchist activist, writer and publisher by John Patten “Without freedom there would be no equality and without equality no freedom, and without struggle there would be neither.” https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/rjdhgk
KSL Update Sept. 2020 https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/0gb6v4
Worth a Second Look No. 2. Re-reading Kuwasi Balagoon’s ‘Anarchy Can’t Fight Alone’ by Devin Hoff "Re-reading it still makes me feel like everything is possible and the revolution is just around the corner." https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/q575dj
Berta Tubisman by Sergei Ovsiannikov. "This woman in her fifties evidently refused to confess to anything. Otherwise she would have received a death sentence." - Anatoly Dubovik https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/q83dbz
Prisoner 155: Simón Radowitzky by Agustín Comotto [Book review] by Richard Warren "As you sit out your pandemic isolation, pondering on the glaring inefficiencies of the state, the potential of local mutual aid, and the shape of the future, you could do worse than take a bit of inspiration from this impressive tale of one man’s resistance, modesty and commitment to justice." https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/0k6fp1
Barcelona 1936 by Hugo Dewar "They too were storming heaven – do you think they fought in vain" https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/2fr0d9
Insulting the flag (1938) by André Prudhommeaux "every French person whose bond with the land of their birth is not made up exclusively of sordid jealousy and greed, is duty-bound to consider themselves a foreigner in their own country." https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/n2z4tc