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

Ida Mett

Our comrades at Steimer Press have just published Oppositions: some anarchist writings of Ida Mett. You can read a review here.

July 2021 Kate Sharpley library non-bulletin online

NOT the bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library, No.7 July 2021 is here: https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/5dv5fh

Russian Anarchists (Mark Mratchny, Feldman, Emma Goldman on Peter A. Kropotkin)
Remembering Albert
Obituary (Hate is Not Enough – the passing of a class warrior)
Louise Michel
Imanol’s list (A Roll-Call of Spanish Anarchists in the French Resistance and Escape Lines)
Anarchist militants look at history:
Makhno’s Opinion of Lenin and Leninism
The Struggle Between Marxism and Anarchism in the Russian Revolution by Aleksandr Savelevich Levandovsky
The Hungarian Communes (March 1919-March 1937) by Aldo Aguzzi
Lest the Spanish Revolution Finish Up Like the Russian by Nicholas Lazarevitch, Ida Mett and David Grigor’evich Polyakov
Updates & Publications (The Stuart Christie Memorial Archive: An update, New books)
Edward Colston: two links

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