The Anarchist Archive - University of Victoria

About the Anarchist Archive

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
  • 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
  • Radicalism in the arts

History and mandate

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 online accessibility for researchers across Canada and internationally.

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


(Food for thought)

By Emory Douglas, Artist

1- Don’t be fooled by deception.

2- Don’t be deceitful or corruptible.

3- Know you get more truth from the artists than from bureaucrats.

4- Recognize that art is a powerful too, a language that can be used to Enlighten, Infrom, a guide to Actions.

5- Create art that Recognizes the Oppression of Others, and considers basic quality of life concerns and basic human rights issues. 

6- Create art of social concerns that even a child can understand.

7- The goal should always be the Make the Message Clear.

8- Make an effort to not create political art dealing with social issues just because it’s a cool thing to do.

9- Create art that Challenges the Colonization of the Imagination.

10- Self evaluate ones work, and be open to constructive evaluations from others, be open to making adjustments if you choose to do so and be prepared if necessary to defend and explain what you communicate through your art.

11- Know the rules before you break the rules.

12- Do not lose sight of what the goals are.


Words to live by

Scanned and transcribed from Slingshot 110

Radical Vampire Queen! 

I loves me some adventure time, but the style is so much of what makes it amaaazing–and so doing my own take on it was a daunting task!  I’m very schnoz-centric, so I was worried that adding noses would make characters unreadable.  I think this Marceline works okay though!  <3 her~  She reminds me of a girl I had a huge crush on in high school.  I’m too much of a P. Bubblegum myself, so it would never have worked out ;…;  She’s cool too tho, right?  RIGHT?

(check it out on etsy)

Dear Sketchbook Keeper,

We invite you to add your creative imprint to our collection of human expression and experiences. We all face struggles that are both common and unique to us as individuals. The Underground Sketchbook is a place to document your struggles, your dreams, your resistance or your existence.

As our world seems to teeter upon destruction and perpetual war, we must come together against those with lust for power and wealth. Art is a strong bond that connects our humanity, across all races, nationalities, genders, cultures and demographics. Let our voices grow together in diversity and unison to break through the barriers of this harsh reality.

The depth of your experiences should not be measured by your ability to explain yourself. Your life matters and so will the next person who holds this sketchbook.

What you do with this sketchbook is your choice now. Consider it humanity’s torch of hope that is passed from one individual to the next. Please do not put it out. Share your joys and your pains with us, because they are both perspectives that help us understand one another.


From all the artists before you

1. Draw/Write/Document anything in this sketchbook that:

• is politically driven.

• expresses what is in the way of actualizing your dreams. describes your ideal world.

• promotes collective solidarity.


• expresses an important message to our humanity.

2. Take a picture or scan.

3. Email it to undergroundsketchbook@gmail.com to be posted anonymously, submit here or upload it to twitter with #undergroundsketchbook.

You can download a paper pamphlet of the directions here!

If you’re unemployed it’s not because there isn’t any work

Just look around: A housing shortage, crime, pollution; we need better schools and parks. Whatever our needs, they all require work. And as long as we have unsatisfied needs, there’s work to be done.

So ask yourself, what kind of world has work but no jobs. It’s a world where work is not related to satisfying our needs, a world where work is only related to satisfying the profit needs of business.

This country was not built by the huge corporations or government bureaucracies. It was built by people who work. And, it is working people who should control the work to be done. Yet, as long as employment is tied to somebody else’s profits, the work won’t get done.
- The New American Movement (NAM)


I spent three weeks in Mexico around the New Year of 2014, painting murals in Zapatista communities to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of that movement for indigenous autonomy and self-determination. I collaborated with Santiago Mazatl to paint the top mural, in the tiny village of La Union. The lower images are from the community of Moises Gandhi, where I worked with other artists including Mazatl, Emory Douglas (Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party), Favianna Rodriguez, and Caleb Duarte to decorate a Zapatista storefront. Read more about these projects here.

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