THE SPARROWS' NEST - NOTTINGHAM

Library and Archive for Anarchist and Radical History

Digital Library

As part of our ongoing efforts to make the materials held at the Sparrows’ Nest easily accessible, we have been digitising materials, for instance documents held in our Public Archive of anarchist pamphlets, papers, zines, etc. We have also digitised parts of the Solidarity Federation’s archive and fully digitised Ron’sCollection, the personal archives of one of the SolFed’s founding members.

Last update 12th January 2017.

All these documents were scanned or photographed and converted to pdf files. Please note that despite the total of ~1,970 digitised documents, amounting to 76.5GB of awesome stuff, our guesstimate is that this is only about five percent of the materials held at the Nest.

To access the materials, please download the catalogue in the file format of your choice below, search away and hit the links to the materials, which should then open in your browser (your device might ask at that point whether you really want to do open the file, but if you have trusted us enough to download the catalogue, we hope you trust us with these links as well!). Search using your PDF Reader/Spreadsheet software, if in doubt, hitting the [Ctrl] and [F] together usually does the trick.

Catalogue of digitised materials: Excel Spreadsheet, Open Office Spreadsheet, PDF file (8MB)

You will notice that we are doing our utmost to provide as much content and as much catalogue data as possible. However, you can also see that this is not the most user friendly way to access the data (we tried other things over the years, such as HTML tables, but they never worked well either). The data came out of a nice database, our problem is lack of money/know-how to also create a proper online database! If you can help, please contact us!

Please see our Library page to search the full catalogue (again keep in mind that despite years of cataloguing, many materials remain uncatalogued!). A presentation used at various talks showcases some of the contents of the Digital Library (please note that various bits of information in that presentation are now outdated), as do these display board materials about the amazing treasure trove that is Ron's Collection!

If you have any questions, spotted an error or want to add additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

If you have any materials you would like to donate or to be held in the library or archive, please contact us!

Donations to help us build the collections are very welcome. Please visit our Donations page.

Some of our greatest treasures arrived looking like random heaps of smelly paper. So if you have access to potentially interesting materials, be it pamphlets, bulletines, zines, papers, letters, etc. please DO NOT throw them out, but let us know!

Symbols/abbreviations used in the catalogues

* indicating that a piece of information was not explicitly stated in the document but that it could be assumed with ample surety that the information is correct
[?] indicating an illegible word, usually used when names were (partly) illegible (e.g. ‘Al [?]’)
? unsure whether the word/information before the question mark is correct (e.g. ‘Norman Giranns ? renews a subscription’, here the ? refers to the word ‘Giranns’)
N/A depending on context meaning either ‘Not Applicable’ or ‘Not available’