News from the Kate Sharpley Library

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  1. Kate Sharpley

    Kate Sharpley Well-Known Member

    We've just published One Hundred Years of Workers' Solidarity : the History of “Solidaridad Obrera”. Solidaridad Obrera (Workers’ Solidarity), founded in Barcelona in 1907, is the voice of Spain’s Anarcho-syndicalist Confederacion Nacional del Trabajo (CNT: National Confederation of Labour). These essays were issued to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of “Soli”. You can read it at http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/h44jww

    August 2013 Kate Sharpley Library Bulletin is also out and you can read it at http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/djhc1r It's a double issue, lots of book reviews and obituaries, plus a piece by LiamO lifted from the 'beating the fascists' thread.
     
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  2. Kate Sharpley

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    A New Gravestone for Harry Kelly (fundraising)

    A fundraising campaign has been started to buy a new gravestone for Harry Kelly: American anarchist, printer, lecturer, Modern School worker ...

    You can contribute to the campaign at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-new-gravestone-for-harry-kelly
     
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  3. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    Excellent - good luck with this. Maybe of interest, some chicago comrades have found in that same cemetery what they think may be the unmarked grave of an italian anti-fascist hidden away in a deserted overgrown corner.
     
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  4. Kate Sharpley

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    Sounds interesting. Who is it?
     
  5. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    Haven't got the name to hand, will check later. Last i heard they were now researching the name just in case it turns out to be an italian-american fascist for something (though that in itself would be good opp to do something about that period of history and the helping hand the italian fascists got from the local and national state). Will post when i get further details.
     
  6. Kate Sharpley

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    KSL: Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library No. 76, October 2013 has just been posted on our site. You can get to the contents here http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/4b8htv or read the full pdf here http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/gf1wrv.

    This issue contains:
    Five years of the Sparrows' Nest. http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/7wm490
    Albert Meltzer and the fight for working class history. http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/qz62j9
    Library Notes, October 2013. http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/73n6wq
    Prospectus of the Melbourne Anarchist Club, 1886. http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/jdfpdj
    Remembering Harry Kelly. http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/wm3982
    Pietro Di Paola: The Knights-Errant of Anarchy: London and the Italian Anarchist Diaspora 1880-1917 (Liverpool University Press, 2013). http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/kd52pn
    Anarchism and Moral Philosophy [Book Review]. http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/r229fk
     
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  7. Kate Sharpley

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  8. Kate Sharpley

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    Pano Vassilev’s ‘The Soviets idea’ was published in Sofia in 1933. It’s an anarchist analysis of the origins of Soviets, and how anarchists related to them in the revolutions of 1905 and 1917. The Kate Sharpley Library has a neatly-handwritten translation of ‘The Soviets idea’ which we have scanned and put online. We are now asking for help in typing it up. You can see the PDF files and add to the text at http://katesharpleylibrary.pbworks....Vassilev's 'The Soviets idea' - call for help
    (Just in case anyone has spare time and an urge to explore anarchist history...)
     
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  9. Kate Sharpley

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    January/February 2014 Kate Sharpley Library Bulletin online
    KSL: Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library No. 77, January/February 2014 has just been posted on the site. You can get to the contents here http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/1zcsgp or read the full pdf here http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/z08n8s

    This issue contains:
    Florentine Lombard : a Kent anarchist and volunteer nurse during the Naples cholera epidemic of 1884. http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/8kpstt
    Library News: Ready for Revolution Published http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/b8gvp7
    El Combate, October 1955 [front page only] http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/8sf8pr
    2014 Bottled Wasp pocket diary http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/n02wkc
    Wealth of negations, Terms and conditions: Management edition. (Selected highlights) http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/d51db7
    Anarchism and Worker's Self Management in Revolutionary Spain By Frank Mintz [Book Review] http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/w6mbmn
    The Floodgates of Anarchy by Stuart Christie and Albert Meltzer : some thoughts http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/c8680n
    Pano Vassilev's 'The Soviets idea' - call for help http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/g4f60x
    Review: The Albert memorial: the anarchist life and times of Albert Meltzer (1920-1996) an appreciation by Phil Ruff http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/zgmtxr
    Ghost dancers: the miners' last generation by David John Douglass [Book review] http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/v6wz71

    enjoy!
     
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  12. Kate Sharpley

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    Friend of ours in the States needs help with medical bills. "This is a different posting from normal. Madrone has been a friend of KSL for a long time. He has designed and printed some of our pamphlets and is a fine comrade who is also involved with Black Powder Records. Please help if you can."
    https://www.wepay.com/donations/itsnotatumor
     
  13. Kate Sharpley

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    May 2014 is the eighteenth anniversary of the death of Albert Meltzer. To mark it, the Kate Sharpley Library collective have put together this (small) collection of quotes to salute our comrade: http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/1g1ksd
     
  14. Kate Sharpley

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    Albert Meltzer on the newspaper industry
    Fleet Street workers long held the cynical view that theirs is a lie factory and the extra money they get is like the extra for playing the piano in a whorehouse.
    ‘Mirror to Maxwell’ Black Flag no.139 page 5
     
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  15. Kate Sharpley

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    At work on the next bulletin. Should be a double issue, but there still may not be room for the "Short history of the 'Star of Peru' Bakery Workers' Federation (FOPEP)" But it's online at: http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/v41qc1
    "In 1905 Manuel González Prada issued an appeal to all of Lima’s workers and craftsmen to mount the very first May Day celebration in the country:
    “The 1st of May is designed to represent for humanity what 25 December represents for Christians; a day of joyful celebration, hope, regeneration … on this day revolutionaries hail the Future and the coming advent of an era when the liberation of all the oppressed and brotherhood between all races become realities .. everyone is called upon to marshal under the folds of the red flag” (La fiesta universal, 1905)"

    On a more serious note, after the death of Salvador Gurucharri of Defensa Interior* in June (tribute from Octavio Alberola at: http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/9cnqbn); Antonio Martín Bellido of the DI has also just died (tribute from Stuart Christie at: http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/jq2d6w)
    *(DI:"whose remit was (a) to organise and coordinate actions intended to destabilise and discredit the Franco regime internally and internationally, and (b) to assassinate General Franco.")

    Via Stuart's website http://www.christiebooks.com/ChristieBooksWP/ also comes an "Interview with Agustín Guillamón, historian of the working class revolution in Barcelona in 1936" http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/6djjcs
    Too long for the bulletin, but it does cover AG's personal history, as well as his views on "the fight for history":
    "Then there was the forcible baptism of my aunts at the hands of some Falangist “ladies”. My aunt Natura was rechristened with the name Ana, although she was always known just as Nita. My aunt Libertad was rechristened Cruz, albeit that she was still referred to by everyone as Nati, so that when she wanted to get married years later, the priest turned her away because the names Natividad and Cruz and Libertad did not match up. In the end the priest gave in because the only alternative was for the couple to live together “in sin”."
     
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  16. Kate Sharpley

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    Short essay on Noah Ablett on our 'Notes from the KSL' blog http://kslnotes.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/noah-ablett-an-easy-outline-of-economics/

    Here’s an interesting book published by the Plebs League in 1919, Easy Outline of Economics.In it Noah Ablett explains what he calls “Marxian” economics.It’s written in his usual self-deprecating way and was composed at the end of long days spent at work and after countless negotiations with management on behalf of his union.The book is a small example of worker reading and writing- making sense of ideas by applying them to his world,before the “experts” took over!!! It’s not an easy book to find. Ablett appears to have attempted to walk an individual path in the working class movement.That decision seems to have left him emotionally bruised as well as isolated at times.

    Ablett had been a member of the Welsh” Unofficial Reform Committee” composed of miners who had taken part in the Cambrian combine dispute of 1911.They produced the important pamphlet ” The Miners Next Step” in 1912. Written collaboratively (with Ablett playing an important role) it remains a classic of British syndicalism, criticising the collaborationist nature of union officials and calling for worker ownership of the collieries.You can find it on line easily enough, for instance here is a digititised copy from the University of Wales’ Library.

    The KSL has three copies of “The Miners Next Step” by different publishers:

    1) Pluto Press; London, 1973

    2) Daneford/Shirebrook Banner Appeal,; London,1985

    3) Germinal and Phoenix Press: London 1991.In the introduction to this edition David Douglass writes ” the best plan forward will always be determined by the men and women at the point of production”

    Enjoy
     
  17. Kate Sharpley

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    KSL: Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library No. 78-79, September 2014 [Double issue] has just been posted on our site. You can get to the contents here http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/cz8xhf or read the full pdf here http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/hmgrxw

    This issue contains:
    Salvador Gurucharri aka Salva, Comrade and Friend by Octavio Alberola http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/9cnqbn
    Antonio Martín Bellido, Madrid 1938-Paris August 17, 2014 by Stuart Christie http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/jq2d6w
    No More Mimosa by Ethel Mannin: A re-consideration and appreciation http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/sbcdk6
    Ready for Revolution : The CNT Defense Committees in Barcelona, 1933-1938 [Book Review] by Edward McKenna http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/w0vvrq
    The French Anarchists in London 1880-1914 (Constance Bantman); The Knights Errant of Anarchy (Pietro Di Paola) [Book Review] http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/bzkj7f
    Library Notes (August 2014) http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/v15gdf
    Some Latin American Anarchist Women by Cristina Guzzo http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/69p9fc
    Anarchists against World War One: Two little known events – Abertillery and Stockport by Nick Heath http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/p8d0px
    Futures by John Barker [Book review] http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/wsts65

    Hope you find it interesting.
     
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  18. Kate Sharpley

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    "Los Maños" pamphlet ready for the bookfair...
     
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  19. Kate Sharpley

    Kate Sharpley Well-Known Member

    Busy. The new Bulletin is coming one month after the last one (won't be doing that again, hopefully!)
    And thanks to a good friend of Albert Meltzer able to put up a good scan of the photo of Leah Feldman which appeared in her obituary (in bulletin number 4 - which was 21 years ago....)[​IMG]
     
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  20. Kate Sharpley

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    Appeal: a memorial for Frank Kitz
    Frank Kitz was critical in in the development of class struggle anarchism in Nineteenth Century Britain. You can read his memoirs here: http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/3r2368
    He lived and died in poverty but never stopped fighting. This is such a worthy project. Please try and help.

    Original call:
    "I have been in contact with a member of Frank Kitz's family. Frank Kitz , you may remember, was one of the leading lights in the Socialist League, and a working class anarchist who devoted his life to social emancipation. He died in extreme poverty and is buried in a common grave in Morden cemetery in London. I and members of the Kitz family would like to honour the life of Frank KItz by providing a memorial stone at the cemetery. The inauguration of the stone would be marked by a ceremony.
    "Those who would like to contribute to a fund to pay for the stone can make cheques or postal orders out to N. Heath and send c/o London AF, Freedom Bookshop, Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX"

    Comment on fb i couldn't resist adding:

    "The memorial stone should be made out of a paving slab to commemorate the way that Kitz, Mowbray and Joseph Lane used to rent a place for a few days to act as a printshop, use a paving slab to mix the inks on, print their pamphlets, then do a runner - leaving the paving slab in lieu of rent!"
     
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  21. Kate Sharpley

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    KSL: Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library No. 80, October 2014 has just been posted on our site.
    You can get to the contents here http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/fn30cz or read the full pdf here http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/m6406g

    This issue contains:
    Emma Goldman in Saint Louis by “an old hand from the furniture removal trade” (!)
    http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/2bvr6d
    Antonia Fontanillas Borrás (1917-2014) by Librepensador Acrata http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/547f75
    Albert Meltzer quotes http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/1g1ksd
    José Ignacio Martín-Artajo Saracho – b 1932, Madrid; d 14 April 2005, Gerona – Anarchist, diplomat, blasphemer, poet and man of letters by Stuart Christie http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/hdr94j
    Library News (October 2014) http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/0gb6hd
     
  22. Kate Sharpley

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    And the Los Maños pamphlet is out:
    Mariano Aguayo Morán (1922-1994) was one of the members of the ‘Los Maños’ group. This group of friends from Zaragoza joined together to fight the Francoist regime in the optimistic days after the second world war. Originally active with the Socialist Youth, they soon joined the anarchist resistance alongside militants like Francisco ‘Quico’ Sabaté and José Lluís Facerías. Betrayed by one of the group members, Wenceslao Jiménez Orive was seriously wounded in a police ambush in Barcelona on 9 January 1950. Rather than be captured, he took cyanide. Simón Gracia Fleringán, Plácido Ortiz Gratal and Victoriano Muñoz Treserras were arrested the same day, and executed on 24 December 1950.
    These interviews throw light not only on the story of the ‘Los Maños’ group, but the nature, motivations and difficulties of the anarchist resistance to Francoism.

    Now available from the Kate Sharpley Library in the UK (North American copies available soon).
    See: http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/rn8r13
    ISBN 9781873605318, £3
    This translation first published as an ebook by Christiebooks
     
  23. Kate Sharpley

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    There are also treasures from the bookfair, when we get a chance to put them up...
     
  24. Kate Sharpley

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    The Tumultuous Last Months of the Anarcho-syndicalist Peter Rybin

    The anarcho-syndicalist Peter Rybin took part in the revolutionary labour movements of Russia, Ukraine, and the United States and played an important role in the later stages of the Makhnovist movement. Yet he has remained a shadowy figure, known mainly through a brief biogaphical sketch in Peter Arshinov’s history.

    The recent discovery of Rybin’s Ukrainian Cheka (secret police) case file from 1921 has shed light on his life, particularly the last few fateful months. The file was started shortly after Rybin was arrested by the Cheka at the end of January 1921, and closed on February 24 1921 when he was sentenced by a military court. […]

    You can read the rest of the arcticle on the Kate Sharpley Library website: http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/kwh8f8
     

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  25. Kate Sharpley

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    Up today on the KSL site "Kropotkin’s Ideas and the International Anarchist Movement in the 1920s and 1930s" by Vadim Damier. More an in-depth discussion of anarchist theory in the period than Kropotkin-worship. http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/0000wg
     
  26. Kate Sharpley

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    sorted: (pic of new one):
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  27. Kate Sharpley

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    KSL: Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library No. 81, February 2015 has just been posted on our site.
    The PDF is up at: http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/h18bdv

    This issue contains:
    “Nameless in the crowd of nameless ones...” Some thoughts on The Story of A Proletarian Life, by Bartolomeo Vanzetti, 1923 by Barry Pateman
    The slow burning fuse: the lost history of the British anarchists [Book review]
    Strikers, Hobblers, Conchies & Reds : The Bristol Radical History Group book
    Updates on the history of Russian anarchism (February 2015)
    Friends of the Kate Sharpley Library (2015)
    Anarchist Research: A Postcard from Berta Tubisman
     
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  28. Kate Sharpley

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    Ah, booksellers catalogues. Just seen one which truly has some rare as rocking-horse shit material. If anyone does want to sign up to donate regularly - or if anyone's willing and able to send us a one-off donation details are on the KSL site. Or there's the start a conversation thing.
     
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  29. Kate Sharpley

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    And happy anniversary of the Paris Commune:
    (http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/n5tbzp)
     
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  30. Kate Sharpley

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    Our comrades at AK Press in Oakland are currently dealing with the aftermath of a major fire. They're appealing for donations to spread between between AK Press, their neighbors at 1984 Printing, and building residents who have lost their homes and belongings. <br>
    Details are at: http://www.akpress.org/fire-relief.html. The direct link to the fundraising page is: <a href="http://www.gofundme.com/akpressfire"http://www.gofundme.com/akpressfire</a>.
    Please help!

    See - George Cores, Personal recollections of the anarchist past in the wreckage:[​IMG]
     
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