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Syndicalist Workers Federation archive material at The Sparrows' Nest Nottingham and online

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Jan 20 2011 13:59
Syndicalist Workers Federation archive material at The Sparrows' Nest Nottingham and online

We have been developing The Sparrows' Nest collections over the past months, in response to donations of important and fascinating material in 2010. We are pleased to announce the online availability of the Ron Marsden collection of material from the Syndicalist Workers' Federation, Direct Action Movement and Solidarity Federation. This is work in progress and more will be added in due course.

We are applying a '40 year rule' to personal letters and documents (so nothing online before 1970), although the later material can be made available to researchers if you contact us to visit.

More info:http://thesparrowsnest.org.uk/collections

Notes: You can view collection materials by clicking on the link above and downloading a spreadsheet containing links to individual scanned pages of Ron's archive. This works in Excel 2003 and later and maybe other spreadsheet programmes. We are working on a better method of presenting the material (if anyone knows of a good Joomla plug - let us know!).

You can also find earlier scanned material, especially the Nest's extensive collection of anti-Poll Tax documents and press cuttings. http://thesparrowsnest.org.uk/scans

In parallel to the cataloguing and scanning of collections we have been busy obtaining preservation materials such as acid-free archive boxes. This is of course at significant cost, so if you can help with costs please consider donating to the Nest online or contacting us.

The Sparrows' Nest was established by the Anarchist Federation’s Nottingham group with the involvement of other class struggle anarchists. It is a ‘Centre for Anarchist Culture and Education’. The Library and Archive is our major project.

The Sparrows' Nest is a member of the Network for Radical Libraries and Archives, NORLA: http://norla.org.uk/

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Jan 20 2011 17:27

Right, I saw this collection via a link on another thread, but I couldn't figure out how to view any of the material online. That is pretty convoluted…

I think one problem is that the other documents you have scanned are in JPEG format whereas PDF would be better for scanned documents.

In terms of how to host things easily, well on libcom we use tags for subjects and book hierarchies for issues of particular magazines (for example http://libcom.org/library/processed-world), or we attach PDF files: http://libcom.org/history/picket-bulletin-wapping-printers-strike-1986-1987

we would be happy to host any of this stuff here… For images, we can use image galleries like this: http://libcom.org/gallery/loukanikos-greek-anarchist-dog although like I said for documents I think PDFs are better than JPEG's.

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Jan 20 2011 18:02

Hey Steven,

I'm loosely involved in the Sparrows Nest collective. Cheers for the advice, people are aware of the libcom library and there's a possibility everything could be uploaded at some point in the future. I think the priority at the moment is cataloguing and scanning everything. Also the website formatting appears to have gone tits up, so it look horrible. apologies.

For now if you want to view stuff in the Ron Marsden collection, which is a pretty valuable resource of anyone looking at the development of British Syndicalism go here:

http://thesparrowsnest.org.uk/collections/ron_marsden/

download the excel spreadsheet and the dynamic links will send you to the relevant webpage.

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Jan 22 2011 17:12

Thanks for the replies and advice about PDF vs JPEG and how it's done on libcom.

As BrT says the main thing for the Nest's librarians is cataloguing material and we are concerned with it's physical location in the library as well as the scanning!

Also yes, the website home page has sometimes been looking odd recently - think the CSS style sheets are not loading fast enough and then your browser gives up leaving you with an unformated page (unless anyone else has an explanation?). I blame our rubbish but cheap hosting service 3iX. Solution is to refresh, or go directly to the HTML page as suggested by BtT. Was OK just now smile

Anyway if you do get as far as viewing the contact of the material - let us know what you think!

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Jan 22 2011 22:01

Is stuff from the National Rank-and-File Movment included in this stuff? I see stuff from the NUS, where syndicalists were active, SWF mention and "World Labor" (which carried NR&FM stuff), but no specific mention.

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Jan 23 2011 10:54

The archive includes a letter from Ambrose Barker ! paying subs ( I think) to the SWF or at least subscribing to Direct Action.. Barker was active in the Socialist League and knew William Morris, Frank Kitz, Joe Lane, Charles Mowbray etc. Holding the letter in my hands was like touching a holy relic!

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Jan 23 2011 12:30

I have asked the person who is doing the cataloguing/archiving if they wouldn't mind signing up to libcom to answer some of these points. Also I realise I did not properly answer the question about accessing the documents. Currently you follow the link http://thesparrowsnest.org.uk/collections/ron_marsden/ and download the excel file by clicking on 'Ron Marden's collection' in the title or first para. Follow the instructions in above link and in excel file - the two tabs contain the full information about each document in the collection and the hyperlinks are on the right of each row - linking to each page of the document as a seperate JPG image.

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Jan 23 2011 16:14

Interesting stuff.

Anyone know much about the "railwaymen's mutual aid society" (ron00294-306, pamphlets)?

T La Palli
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Jul 15 2011 11:11

Incredible collection of letters. Have copies of letters by Bobby Lynn in front of me about setting up a section of the S.W.F. in Glasgow. Was hoping for some more info on the Burnbank and Hamilton anarchists, but only passing reference to them.

Syndicalist . there is mention in these letters of teh rank and file movement.

Does anybody know where I can read copies of Direct Action?

Where these letters refer to a publication W.L.N. and W.V., whose papers are these?

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Jul 15 2011 18:40

World Labour News it seems was a S.W.F. paper after Direct Action. Anybody good to speak with about S.W.F. history. And does anybody know where I can read copies of W.L.N.

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Dec 2 2012 16:23

Hi
You can read the monthly Direct Action in the British Library newspaper collection at Colindale