The Anarchist Archive is devoted to the study of anarchism, with a special focus on the history of the movement in Canada. Holdings include the papers of British anarchist and art critic Herbert Read; activist and prison abolitionist Jim Campbell; Keith McHenry, founder of the international activist organization Food Not Bombs; and Ann Hansen, author of Direct Action: Memoirs of an Urban Guerrilla. Issues relevant to the collection include Indigenous struggles, anti-war activism, ecological militancy, prison abolition, decolonization, feminism, queer politics, and radicalism in the arts.

Founded in 2005 by Director Allan Antliff, the Anarchist Archive has a special mandate to collect and preserve anarchist-related materials, including posters, photographs, art work, videos, audio recordings, journals, pamphlets and zines, books, oral histories, correspondence (written and digital), organizational records, and other items.  The Archive also houses a Digitization Centre devoted to scanning materials for preservation purposes and to facilitate on-line accessibility for researchers across Canada and internationally.

The Anarchist Archive is a public institution and research inquiries are welcome.


Allan Antliff, Director and Acquisitions Advisor: 250-361-4986
Lara Wilson, Archivist and Acquisitions: 250-472-4480
Chris Petter, Archivist and Acquisitions: 250-721-8247