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Anarchism and Radical Movements: A Rare Materials Guide

Paul Avrich Collection

Alvan F. Sanborn. Paris and the social revolution : a study of the revolutionary elements in the various classes of Parisian society. Boston, 1905. Paul Avrich Collection, Library of Congress Rare Book & Special Collections Division.

Paul Avrich (1931-2006) was an American historian of Anarchism and radical movements in Russia and the United States, affiliated with Queens College in New York. Over his career he amassed an enormous collection of primary source material which he donated to the Library of Congress in 1986 and through a bequest in 2006.

The Paul Avrich Collection includes thousands of items concerning anarchism in the United States and Europe during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It consists of a library of over 2,800 books and pamphlets, as well as an archival collection of offprints, serials, manuscripts, correspondence, newspaper clippings, audio and video cassettes, microfilms, and miscellaneous ephemera It includes works by Paul Avrich; published and unpublished materials relating to prominent anarchists such as Alexander Berkman, Emma Goldman, Max Nettlau, Max Nomad, Rudolf Rocker, and Mollie Steimer; extensive records of the Libertarian Book Club from the period 1945-1985; and archival materials concerning Fraye Arbeṭer Shṭime, a Jewish anarchist newspaper published for 87 years until 1977, as well as papers of its last editor Ahrne Thorne. Also includes records of American anarchist colonies such as the Modern School in Stelton, New Jersey, administered by Alexis and Elizabeth Ferm; the Mohegan Colony in Crompond, New York, founded by Harry Kelly, and the Sunrise Cooperative Farm Community in Michigan.

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