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’s Collection, the personal archives of one of the SolFed’s founding members containing many unique items including international correspondence of the SolFed's foreunner, the Syndicalist Workers Federation.

All these documents were scanned or photographed and converted to pdf files. Please note that despite the total of ~2,000 digitised documents, amounting to 80GB of awesome stuff, best our guesstimate is that this is only about five percent of the materials held at the Nest.

We are always happy for users' suggestions which documents to digitise next, if you have any proposals, please contact us.

Please note that many of our documents feature OCR, and we are constantly going back to OCR-less documents to reupload them with OCR. However, despite the use of nifty software, this is a length process. So if you are using an-OCR less document, do not despair, please just contact us and we will prioritise its reupload.

To access the catalogue and to search for digitised documents, please use our Search function.

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’.