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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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Emma Goldman defined anarchism as the, "Philosophy of a new social order based on liberty unrestricted by man-made law; the theory that all forms of government rest on violence, and are therefore wrong and harmful, as well as unnecessary." Mother Earth, vol. ix, no. 7, September, 1914.

The Tamiment Library is a collecting area in NYU Special Collections with a focus on labor and the Left and holds books, pamphlets, serials, manuscripts, photographs, films, posters, buttons, cartoons, and printed ephemera related to anarchism.  Highlights  include letters of Emma Goldman, manuscripts of Alexander Berkman, photographs of Rudolf Rocker, and publications such as Why and Fraye Arbeter Shtime, as well as trial testimony, and numerous oral history interviews with 20th century anarchists.

Click on the tabs above to find sources for background information and to link to library holdings by format and topic. 

Use the search box on the left to search our archival collections through the online finding aids using keywords from your research topic.  

Once you’ve found a collection that you’d like to access, write down the collection name, number, and box numbers you’re interested in.  For example, “Alger Hiss Family Papers TAM.314, Boxes 1, 2, & 3”.  Bring your list to the Tamiment when you visit us or email us at to get more information on how to view them.  

Please note that some materials are held offsite and may take from two business days to a week to arrive for your use.

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