About the Anarchist Archive
The Anarchist Archive is devoted to the study of anarchism, with a special focus on the history of the movement in Canada.
Holdings include the papers of:
- British anarchist and art critic Herbert Read
- Activist and prison abolitionist Jim Campbell
- Keith McHenry, founder of the international activist organization Food Not Bombs
- Ann Hansen, author of Direct Action: Memoirs of an Urban Guerrilla
Issues relevant to the collection include:
- Indigenous struggles
- Anti-war activism
- Ecological militancy
- Prison abolition
- Queer politics
- Radicalism in the arts
History and mandate
Founded in 2005 by Director Allan Antliff, the Anarchist Archive has a special mandate to collect and preserve anarchist-related materials, including posters, photographs, art work, videos, audio recordings, journals, pamphlets and zines, books, oral histories, correspondence (written and digital), organizational records, and other items.
The Archive also houses a digitization centre devoted to scanning materials for preservation purposes and to facilitate online accessibility for researchers across Canada and internationally.
The Anarchist Archive is a public institution and research inquiries are welcome.