Selected Archive Projects
A far-from-complete list of archive projects concerned with grassroots movements for social justice. Some are major projects, others are smaller. Some are physical archives, some digital/Internet-based, some are both. If you know of others that should be added to the list, please let us know at mailroom [at] connexions.org. If you have a collection of social justice materials in your basement/locker, etc., and would like to participate in an exploration of co-operative archiving and/or searching for shared space, please fill out this form and email it to Connexions. For more information related to grassroots archives and peoples’ history, try these headings in the Connexions Subject Index: Libraries/Archives – Libraries – Online Archives – Digital Archiving – History/Archives – Historical Records – Destruction of Libraries and Archives – Photography Archives – Co-operatives/History – History/Canadian – Labour History – Left History – Oral History – People's History – Women’s History – Workers’ History .
Connexions A working archive holding a substantial collection of materials from grassroots groups, primarily Canadian English-language materials from the 1960s to the present. A team of volunteers and interns works on cataloguing, indexing, and scanning the materials. The Connexions website also features thousnds of documents from a variety of sources in addition to the Connexions Archive itself. Archive-related content includes Connexipedia and Seeds of Fire. acgnw.cn
Alternative Toronto 1980 - 1995 An online community archive and historical map of Toronto’s alternative cultures, scenes and spaces of the 1980s and early 1990s.
Anarchist Archive at the University of Victoria Devoted to the study of anarchism, with special focus on history of the movement in Canada.
Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives Collects and maintains information related to gay and lesbian life in Canada. Based in Toronto.
Canadian Women’s Movement Archives Compiled by an independent project which ceased functioning in 1992. The collection is now housed in the University of Ottawa Library.
OPIRG Poster Archive A website with posters produced by OPIRG-York and OPIRG Toronto from the 1980s to the present.
Our Generation Our Generation was a left-wing magazine published in Montreal from the 1960s to the 1980s. Many of the issues published are available as PDFs.
Psychiatric Survivor Archive of Toronto Dedicated to ensuring that the rich history of people who have experienced the psychiatric system is preserved for our community and the wider community as a resource from which everyone can share and learn.
Rear-View Mirror: Toronto Activist Art (1976-1996) A snapshot of Toronto activist art from the 1976 general strike to the 1996 Days of Action.
Rise Up Feminist Archive A digital archive of feminist activism in Canada from the 1970s to the 1990s.
Ross Dowson archive An archive of materials related to Canadian Trotskyist Ross Dowson (1917-2002). Some documents are online; with others being digitized.
Socialist History Project Primarily materials related to the Trotskyist movement in Canada.
Sources Bookshelf The Sources Bookshelf features books on a range of topics, with particular emphasis on books related to journalism, media, censorship, public relations, and research. It also features a careful selection of high-quality reference books and in-depth expert investigations on a variety of current topics.
Sources News Release Archive An archive of all news releases posted on the Sources.com website
Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library at the University of Toronto Several collections related to radical history, including: French Revolution collection (books, pamphlets and periodicals on the French Revolution); Spanish Civil War Collection (formed with the assistance of the Canadian Committee for a Democratic Spain, contains books, pamphlets, posters and some manuscript material, as well as historical works on Spain during the 1930s); Czechoslovakia 1968 (manuscripts and printed matter on the 1968 uprising); Solidarnosc (publications by members of the Solidarity and other workers’ movements in Poland); the Robert S. Kenney Collection (documents related Communism and other radical movements).
Alternative Press Center / Alternative Press Index A subject index of the alternative press (mainly U.S.) with an extensive physical archive of alternative publications.
International Institute of Social History Maintains a collection, conducts research and offers a range of services in the field of social history in general and labour history in particular. Based in the Netherlands.
Marxists Internet Archive Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and others in the Marxist tradition, broadly defined.
Aletta Institute for Women’s History Home of the International Archives for the Women’s Movement. Books, magazines, works of music, photographs, posters, diaries, letters, all sorts of household and personal objects relevant to women and women’s lives.
American Native Press Archives Extensive collection of Native American periodicals.
Anarchy Archives An archive of anarchist writings by classic authors such as Rocker, Goldman, Proudhon, and Malatesta.
Black Liberation and Civil Rights in the U.S. (1800s - ) Documents relating specifically to information on the Black Panther Party and their revolutionary struggle to overturn the U.S. system of racial and working class oppression, as well as the Civil Rights Movement; and the many analyses by Marxist organization on the "Black Question".
Bracero History Archive The Bracero History Archive collects and makes available the oral histories and artifacts pertaining to the Bracero program, a guest worker initiative that spanned the years 1942-1964. Millions of Mexican agricultural workers crossed the border under the program to work in the United States.
Center for Socialist History A project to promote research and publication in the field of socialist history. (U.S.)
Cultural Correspondence A digital edition of Cultural Correspondence, a critical review of popular culture, born from the collapse of the New Left and hopes for a new beginning of a social movement, intermittently published in Providence from 1975 to 1985.
The Diggers Archive The Diggers emerged in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury in the 1960s. The Digger Archives is an ongoing Web project to preserve and present the history of this group.
Docs Populi Dedicated to documenting and publishing oppositional artwork of the late 20th century.
The Freedom Archives Materials from the late-60s to the mid-90s chronicling the progressive history of the Bay Area, the United States, and international solidarity movements.
Emma Goldman Papers Documents of the anarchist Emma Goldman.
Free Speech Movement Archives Documents related to the Berkeley Free Speech Movement of the 1960s.
Harvey Richards Media Archive The Harvey Richards Media Archive contains a treasure of images of the political and social upheavals of the 1960s on the west coast of the United States and of the devastating impact of capitalist resource exploitation in western forests, among other subjects.
History Archive of the German Revolution 1918-1923 A history archive dedicated to the documentation, analysis and interpretation of the events surrounding the German workers revolutions of 1918 through 1923.
History from Below DInternational network of historian-activists, artists and agitators.
I.F. Stone Archive An archive of I.F. Stone's Weekly, the newsletter published by I.F. Stone from 1953 to 1971. All issues between January 17, 1953 and December 1, 1971 are online.
Interference Archive Objects created as part of U.S. social movements: posters, flyers, publications, photographs, moving images, audio recordings, and other printed matter.
International Worker’s Organisations (1847 - ) In-depth documentary history of these efforts of organising workers regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or border; the effort to organise and create collaboration and co-operation between workers the world over in order to win the world for those who make it run.
Israeli Left Archive Devoted mainly to the radical left and the women’s peace movement in Israel during the sixties, seventies and the eighties.
John Gray Website A collection of documents related to libertarian socialism.
Kate Sharpley Library Anarchist history collection. (U.S.)
The Koori History Website Project Information on Black Australia’s 240 year struggle for justice.
Labadie Library Radical history collection (U.S.)
Labor Film Database Over 1,700 films and videos are listed here, searchable by title, director, actors and/or keywords.
Leather Archives & Musuem The Leather Archives & Museum is dedicated to the compilation, preservation, and maintenance of leather, kink, and fetish lifestyles.
Libcom British-based libertarian communist website with a large collection of current and archived articles.
Library of the Turtle A small collection of ‘texts in the history of struggle’.
Mapping the Underground/Alternative Press 1965-1975 These interactive maps below more than 1,500 underground, alternative, and other kinds of unorthodox publications from the decade between 1965 and 1975.
Marx & Engels papers The original papers of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, World Classics, are digitized and now online accessible. The papers can be consulted from anywhere and by anyone who logs into the catalogue website of the International Institute of Social History. Access is open and free.
Marx Memorial Library The Library is home to a number and variety of archives and collections including the full run of the Daily Worker and Morning Star, The International Brigade Archive, Bernal Peace Library, Klugnmann Collection and an extensive Photograph Library.
Marxism and Workers’ Organisations Writings of Marxists on Trade Unions, the General Strike, Soviets and Working Class Organisation.
May Day Rooms MDR states that its growing collections, based in London, ’challenge the widespread assault on collective memory and historical continuity by countering those prevalent narratives of historical inevitability and political pessimism.“
Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Radio Broadcasts - Archive An archive of Mumia Abu-Jamal's radio essays and commentaries. Mumia Abu-Jamal is an award-winning journalist and political prisoner who chronicles the human condition.
ONE Lesbian & Gay Archives The largest repository of LGBTQ materials in the world. (U.S.)
Memorial Society (Russia) Documents relevant to oppression and dissent in Russia.
The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory Working to locate, document, digitise, and provide access to all archival materials related to Nelson Mandela.
Pacifica Radio Archives Chronicling the political, cultural and artistic movements of the second half of the 20th century, Pacifica radio programs include documentaries, performances, discussions, debates, drama, poetry readings, commentaries and radio arts.
Palestine Poster Project Archive An online collection of thousands of posters from, or related to, Palestine.
Palestine Remembered Preserve the memories and the experiences of Palestinian people around the world, especially the Palestinians refugees.
Paul Goodman - Writing on the Web A selection of the writings of the social critic Paul Goodman.
People’s Archive of Rural India Project on rural India consisting of an archive which depicts its diverse and complex countryside.
Prometheus Library (US) A working library of American and international Marxist history, documentation, and related interests, maintained by the Trotskyist League.
Raya Dunayevskaya Collection The writings of the Marxist-Humanist writer Raya Dunayevskaya.
Root & Branch: a libertarian socialist journal A partial archive of the 1970s libertarian socialist publication.
Sinistra.net Online Archives of the Communist Left
Situationist International Anthology Texts of the Situationist International.
Situationist International Text Library An ongoing project of uploading pieces of the wealth of Situationist-related literature. Entire books, lengthy articles, excerpts from the journals Potlatch and Internationale Situationniste, and newspaper articles are just a few of the files to be found here.
Slave Narratives Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project (FWP).
Sojourner Truth Organization Electronic Archive The Sojourner Truth Organization was an American revolutionary group based largely in Chicago during the 1970s and 1980s. This archive serves as a resource for STO's newspapers (Insurgent Worker), pamphlets, shop leaflets, theoretical journals (Urgent Tasks, Tendency Newsletter), collaborative works (Collective Works), and others.
South Sudan: Remembering the Ones We Lost Remembering The Ones We Lost is a public memorial that aims to name all victims of conflict and armed violence in South Sudan. This unified and public recognition of individual lives being lost through violence is accomplished through the collective efforts of individuals, communities and institutions to name victims. This initiative hopes to bring attention to the shared suffering, give additional meaning to cries for peace and be a tool for understanding and reconciliation amongst South Sudanese individuals and communities.
Spunk Library Documents on anarchism, libertarian socialist and related topics. The content has not been updated since 2002, but the collection assembled to that point is still preserved online. Spunk Library
Studs Terkel Radio Archive Over the course of his 45 years on WFMT radio, Studs Terkel discussed every aspect of 20th-century life with movers, shakers, artists, celebrities, and working folks. From civil rights to labor to jazz, his work spanned an impressive array of topics and figures. These enchanting, historically-significant interviews are now being made available online.
Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Collections relating to labour and social history; the history of the Left, the place of the worker in American society, the evolution of labour law, women's history, immigrant history, and more. (U.S.)
Texas Archives of Autonomous Marxism Documents related to the history of autonomous Marxism, maintained by Harry Cleaver.
University of Minnesota Human Rights Library Extensive collection of official human rights documents such as UN treaties.
U.S.A Radical, Leftist & Marxist Journals Focuses primarily on Leftist and Marxist publications and periodicals. The largest collection of online American communist, socialist and left journals & publications in the world. Containing thousands of issues of these newspapers and magazines it represents the documentary history of the U.S. Left in high resolution PDFs.
Women and Marxism This archive contains more than 70 authors writing about both women's issues and Marxism. The classic texts are most heavily represented.
H.K. Yuen Social Movement Archive Primary source artifacts of San Francisco Bay Area based social movements from the 1960s and 1970s.
Zochrot Zochrot (“Remembering”) seeks to raise public awareness of the Palestinian Nakba, especially among Jews in Israel, who bear a special responsibility to remember and amend the legacy of 1948.
General online archives that include some social justice materials
ibiblio A conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies.
Internet Archive A project devoted to preserving the content of Internet sites. The Wayback Machine crawls a large number of websites on an intermittent basis and preserves snapshots of what it finds.
Library and Archives Canada Canada’s pre-eminent archive, charged with the mandate of preserving Canada’s archival heritage. Subject to Harperization in 2012 with significant cuts to funding and staffing.
Archives of Ontario The official archives of the Province of Ontario.
City of Toronto Archives The official archives of the City of Toronto.
Anglican Church of Canada Archives
United Church of Canada Archives
World Council of Churches Library & Archives
Directory of Canadian Archives
Archive-related associations and projects
Alternative Libraries - Montréal A network of resource centres and libraries maintained by activist groups in Montréal; working on a shared database of their holdings.
Association of Canadian Archivists
Council of Canadian Archives
Librarians and Archivists with Palestine
Progressive Librarians Guild (U.S.) Providing a forum for the open exchange of radical views on library issues.
Radical Reference Providing a forum for the open exchange of radical views on library issues.
Toronto Workers History Project A group of workers, unionists, professors, students, artists, teachers, librarians, educators, researchers, community activists, and retirees dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the history of working people in Toronto.
If you know of other archives that should be added to the above list, please let us know at mailroom [at] connexions.org.
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