Political Book and Pamphlet Collections

Special Collections has significant research collections supporting the study of the political issues and social movements of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Special Collections seeks to support research on many of the major political controversies and social conflicts of the twentieth century, by collecting the literature of protest, dissent and rebellion. The history of socialism and other radical left traditions is collected, along with an extensive collection documenting the development the American Far Right. Notable is the Walter Goldwater Radical Pamphlet Collection of over 17,000 cataloged pamphlets.

Collections Strengths

Radical Left Political Movements and Social Issues

Books, pamphlets, periodicals, and ephemera documenting a wide range of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century leftwing political, social, and cultural issues and movements throughout the world. The Collection is strongest in American Old Left and New Left issues. Topics in this research collection include: the history of Socialism and Communism, Free Thought, Social Protest, American Counterculture, Anarchism, Underground Press and Alternative Periodicals, Student and Campus Protest Movements including the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, the Vietnam War Protest, the Black Power Movement, Sexual Revolution, Pacifist and Peace Movements, Communes and Utopian Thought, Eco-terrorism and Radical Environmentalism, Third World Liberation Movements, and the Anti-Globalization Movement.

Far Right Political Movements and Social Issues.

Books, pamphlets, periodicals, and ephemera documenting a wide range of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century rightwing political, social, and cultural issues and movements in America. Topics in these research collection include the published record of a number of groups on the far right extremes of political, social, cultural and religious discourse. Topics in this research collection include Fascism, Nazism and Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, Ku Klux Klan, Racism and Segregationists, Hate Groups, Skinheads, Holocaust Denial, Anti-Semitism, Domestic Terrorism, Religious Extremism and Cults, Aryan Nations, Christian Identity Movement, and Conspiracy Theories.

More information on the development of the Far Right collection.