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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The Holt Labor Library, which has maintained San Francisco as its home for over 20 years, is moving the Los Angeles. We are delighted that the Gerth Archives and Special Collections, University Library at California State University, Dominguez Hills will be opening up the "Holt Labor Library at the Gerth Archives". The entire collection of the Holt Library
will be moving there in mid-May.

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New Arrivals For
May — August 2017


A listing of new books and items added to our collection for May through Jul in 2018. Most of these were made through a contribution by Michael Hoffman.

Book Arrivals:

    The Political Economy Of Racism by Melvin M. Leiman
    Ecology and Socialism : [solutions to capitalist ecological crisis] by Chris Williams
    The Comintern by Duncan Hallas
    The New Imperialism by David Harvey
    Witness to the German Revolution: Writings from Germany, 1923 by Victor Serge
    More Years for the Locust: The Origins of the SWP by Jim Higgins
    Revolution In Danger : Writings from Russia, 1919/1921 by Serge, Victor,
    Diary of Bergen-Belsen by Hanna LÚvy-Hass
    Beyond Chutzpah : On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History by Norman G. Finkelstein
    Education and Capitalism : Struggles for Learning and Liberation by Jeff Bale and Sarah Knopp
    The Question of Palestine by Edward W. Said
    Revolution and Counterrevolution : Class Struggle in a Moscow Metal Factory by Kevin Murphy
    Smash the Church, Smash the State! : The Early Years Of Gay Liberation by Tommi Avicolli Mecca
    Good Muslim, bad Muslim : America, the Cold War, and The Roots Of Terror by Mahmood Mamdani
    The Meaning of Marxism by Paul D'Amato
    You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid Or Crazy?! : The Classic Self-Help Book For Adults With Attention Deficit Disorder by Kate Kelly
    Sexuality And Socialism : History, Politics, And Theory Of LGBT Liberation by Sherry Wolf
    The Fire Last Time : 1968 And After by Chris Harman
    Imperialism In The 21St Century : Updating Lenin's Theory A Century Later by PSL
    The Neighbour From Hell : Two Centuries Of Australian Imperialism by Tom O'Lincoln


New Arrivals For
April 2015


A listing of new books and items added to our collection for the month of April in 2015

Book Arrivals:

    The Communist International and US Communism 1919-1929 by Jacob A. Zumoff. (2014)
    War on War. Lenin, the Zimmerwald Left, and the Oirigns of communist Internationalism by C. Craig Nation. (2009)
    Marx on Latin America by JosÚ Aricˇ. (2014)
    Always on Strike Frank Little and the Western Wobblies by Arnold Stead (2014)
    Leon Trotsky and the Organizational Principles of the Revolutionary Party by Dianne Feeley, Paul Le Blanc and Thomas Twiss. Introduction by George Breitman (2014)
    Doing History from the Bottom Up. On E. P. Thompsin, Howard Zinn, and Rebuilding the Labor Movement from Below. by Staughton Lynd (2014)


New Arrival Special Notice


New Book Arrival Review:
Book Arrival Reviews

The Holt Labor Library has received a donation from Index Books, the decendents of New Park Publications in London, at one time the largest Trotskyist publishing house in that country.


New Arrival Special Notice


New Book Arrival Review:
Book Arrival Reviews

The Holt Labor Library Is starting a New Arrival Review Section of new books recieved from publishers or writers. We will usually repring the the publishers own description of the book as well as any special comments we think are noteworthy about the book. The first review is from Steve Early's 2010 work The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor, Birth of a New Workers Movement of the Death Throes of the Old?


Publications of the Left Opposition project


Left Opposition Digitization Project

We are pleased to announce a joint project between the Holt Labor Library, the Raizinov Library and the Encyclopedia of Trotskyism On-Line: The Left Opposition Digitization Project which is in the process of digitizing much of the North American Oppositionist/Trotskyist publications: The Militant, Fourth International, Labor Action and other early US and Canadian Left Opposition publications. Using the extensive holdings of original publications at Holt Labor and Raizinov,we are digitizing these publications into PDFs and make them available by way of the ETOL. The first years of The Militant are available now.


May Day Exhibit


Holt Labor Library Audio Collection

We are pleased to announce a selection of the library's audio collection is now online in mp3 format, hosted by the Marxists Internet Archive. Currently, lectures by George Breitman, James P. Cannon, Farrell Dobbs, Tom Kerry, Ernest Mandel, Evelyn Reed, Harry Ring, and Larry Trainor are available, with more to be added.

Taft-Hartley Exhibit


Berta Green Langston Papers Finding Aid

Correspondence, newsletters, newspaper articles, and miscellaneous writings and memorabilia concerning the Alexander Defense Committee, Committee to Combat Racial Injustice, the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, the Committee to Aid the Monroe Defendants, and the Committee on New Alternatives in the Middle East.

Mattingly Button Exhibit

LaborTech 2008: The Digital Revolution and Labor Media Strategy

The "Archives of Dissent" panel held at U.C. Berkeley 9/18/2008 can now be seen on YouTube:
The panel was part of a week-long series of Bay Area events titled "The Great Rehearsal" commemorating the worldwide upheavals of 1968, their impacts and legacies. Shannon Sheppard, director of the Holt Labor Library was invited to give extended remarks from the floor following the panel (midway through the video).

The mission of the Holt Labor Library is to make available to working people, activists, and scholars the theoretical, historical, and experiential dimensions of the class struggle in the advanced industrialized world in the 19th through 21st centuries. We invite you to utilize the resources we have collected by browsing our web pages and visiting our library in San Francisco. 


The Holt Labor Library since 2009 has been providing copies of our vast collection of labor and socialist periodicals the Riazanov Library Project for digitization. These files are placed in the periodical sections of the Marxists Internet Archive here and here. While not all these files were garnered from Holt's holdings many of them are, especially for the larger collections such as The Militant, Workers Press, The Daily Worker and New International/Fourth International/International Socialist Review.

San Francisco Bay Guardian names Holt Labor Library "Best Little Hothouse of Budding Revolutionaries"


 Pages created by Shannon Sheppard, MLIS
rev. 01/22/09
Updated: David Walters
14 August 2018