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Anarchist Collections in the Tamiment Library

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

Oral Histories

Oral History of the American Left. Oral Histories, 1976-1984. ca. 750 interviews. (OH-02)

The collection is arranged in six series:

  • I. Radical Histories;
  • II. Barrows Dunham Collection;
  • III. Reynolds Hills Collection;
  • IV. Interviews by Filmmakers;
  • V. Aleine Austin;
  • VI. Tamiment Institute

The collection consists of oral history interviews, some transcribed, dealing with the American Left. The interviews document radical activities principally from 1900 through 1960 and were conducted in many areas across the United States. Many of the interviews concentrate on immigrant groups. Women are also well represented.

There are numerous interviews with anarchists. In the Filmmakers series, there are sets of interviews for two documentary films: "Anarchism in America," and "Free Voice of Labor" (about Jewish anarchists and their newspaper, also known as the Fraye Arbeter Shtime). Both films are available in the Avery Fisher Center, NYU.

See the collection finding aid for additional information.

Oral History Research Guide

See the Oral History Collections page on our website for details on Tamiment's holdings.