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Anarchist Collections in the Tamiment Library

A guide to the Tamiment Library's holdings related to anarchism.

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Finding Books on Anarchism

A wide spectrum of anarchist philosophers and thinkers is represented in the Tamiment Library's book collections.

Authors include:

  • Mikhail Bakunin
  • Alexander Berkman
  • Murray Bookchin
  • Voltairine de Cleyre
  • William Godwin
  • Emma Goldman
  • Paul Goodman
  • Peter Alekseevich Kropotkin
  • Joseph Labadie
  • Errico Malatesta
  • William Owen
  • Albert Parsons
  • Lucy Parsons
  • Elisee Reclus
  • Rudolf Rocker
  • Max Stirner
  • Benjamin Tucker
  • Charlotte Wilson, and others

Use the Books & More search box within this guide to search the catalog for books, serials, and pamphlets at the Tamiment.  

  1. Type in the box using keywords, titles, or author names.  
  2. A new window will open, taking your search to the catalog.  
  3. On the left side of that page, you’ll see a list of links with “Limit My Results” at the top.  
  4. Click on “NYU Bobst Tamiment/Wagner” under “Library” to get results from the Tamiment only.

Reference Sources on Anarchism

The following reference books, which are available in the Tamiment Library's reading room, are useful for finding background information on the people, organizations, places, events, themes, publications, culture, and ideas related to anarchism.

To find others, search BobCat, NYU's library catalog.

Link to catalog record of the book Anarchist Periodicals in English, Published in the United States (1833-1955): An Annotated Guide. Orange background with black font.

  • Anarchist Periodicals in English Published in the United States (1833-1955) / Ernesto A. Longa. Lanham: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2010. A stellar new reference work covering 100 periodicals. Entries include title, issues examined, subtitle, editor, publication information, contributors, features and subjects, preceding and subsequent titles, and OCLC numbers. Selected articles are cited in each entry. Topical coverage (i.e., the Haymarket Affair, Child Labor, or the Assassination of Carlo Tresca) is included for many titles where warranted. Includes a bibliography, subject index and names index.
  • Anarchist Thinkers and Thought: An Annotated Bibliography, compiled and edited by Paul Nursey-Bray with the assistance of Jom Jose and Robyn Williams (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992). 
  • Encyclopedia of the American Left 2nd ed. Mari Jo Buhle, Paul Buhle, and Dan Georgakas. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. Includes articles on the people, organizations, movements and events related to labor and the Left in the U.S. 
  • Encyclopedia of Political Anarchy Santa Barbara, CA.: ABC-CLIO, 1999.  "Covering political anarchy worldwide for the past 300 years, the book also examines the ancient roots of the movement, spotlights key individuals, and explores important groups, organizations, events, laws, legal cases, and theories."
  • Databases by Subject: Labor & The Left. A number of databases in this subject category will be useful for researchers looking for background information on anarchism.
  • Yiddish Anarchist Bibliography. London : Kate Sharpley Library ; Cambridge, MA : Anarchist Archives Project.