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Political Book and Pamphlet Collections
Walter Goldwater Radical Pamphlet Collection
Over 17,000 volumes
The Library established the Radical Pamphlet Collection in 1966 with a collection of pamphlets purchased from Walter Goldwater, a book dealer who specialized in radical politics, and who was also one of the first book dealers to specialize in African American Studies. The collection sat uncataloged for nearly thirty years, but in the mid-1990s the Library developed a streamlined method for cataloging pamphlets and resumed collecting in this area. The collection grew substantially with increased coverage of political issues, expanded to the present day. In memory of the source of the first acquisition, the collection was named for Walter Goldwater.
While the initial radical pamphlet collection focused mainly on the American and British Radical Left, it also included a smaller number of Right wing materials, such as the pamphlets of Charles Coughlin and other far right political writers from the late 19th century and the first half of the twentieth century. A substantial number of far right pamphlets were added to the collection in more recent years as described in our description of the Far Right Political Movements and Social Issues Collections described above.