Herrada – Question 1
1What social-protest materials does your institution or organization collect, and how do you acquire material?
Curator of the Joseph A. Labadie Collection, Special Collections – University of Michigan
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 The Joseph A. Labadie Collection collects, preserves, and makes accessible materials related to anarchism; the early labor, socialist, communist, feminist, environmentalist, pacifist, and LGBTQ, Black power, indigenous peoples, cooperative, civil rights and liberties, and anti-colonialist movements; political prisoners and prison abolition, from the nineteenth century to the present and throughout the world.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Due to the efforts of our first curator, Agnes Inglis (from 1923–1952), we also have strong holdings in the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and the Spanish Civil War. Our second curator, Edward Weber (from 1960–2000), established holdings in nineteenth-century French political movements, atheism, the New Left, and underground publications from the 1960s and 1970s. New topics for inclusion are added as determined by the curator.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The initial collection came to the University of Michigan Library as a donation in 1911 from Joseph A. Labadie, an anarchist and labor organizer who was active in Detroit in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It has since become one of the largest collections of social-protest movements in the world.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 Materials in the form of books, pamphlets, posters, flyers, leaflets, buttons, banners, artwork, photographs, A/V (cassettes, DVDs, VHS tapes, LPs) continue to arrive largely through donation, but (since the 1980s) purchases are also made with funding from the University of Michigan Library and from individual donors. In addition to donations and purchases, we seek out materials from demonstrations, protests, lectures, fairs, and similar gatherings.