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The Emma Goldman Papers Project

Since 1980, the Emma Goldman Papers Project has collected, organized, and published over twenty-thousand documents by and about Goldman gathered from archives and libraries around the world. The Emma Goldman Papers: A Microfilm Edition (Chadwyck-Healey Inc., 1991) is available in libraries internationally (see Appendix). The companion reference, Emma Goldman: A Guide to Her Life and Documentary Sources (Chadwyck-Healey Inc., 1995), contains indexes to the microfilm, a detailed chronology of Goldman's life, and unique biographical and bibliographical resources that facilitate access to newly discovered material--including documentation of government and press reactions to radicalism.

In 2002, a four-volume edition of The Emma Goldman Papers will be published by the University of California Press. The book edition will include selections from Goldman's broad international correspondence, her writings, government surveillance documents, feature articles, and newspaper reports of her lectures. The historical context for the documents will be illuminated by introductory essays, scholarly annotations, and illustrations. These sources highlight the influence of anarchists and other radicals of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the establishment of the rights of free speech, the assertion of sexual and reproductive freedom, and in attempts to limit the influence of the state.

The publication of The Emma Goldman Papers indelibly inscribes Goldman into the documentary record at a time when many of the issues she addressed are of increasing contemporary concern. The Papers also provide a rich source of material for a new generation of scholars interested in such fields as social, political, constitutional, and women's history.

The Project's high school curricula, "The Life and Times of Emma Goldman," and "With Speech As My Weapon: Emma Goldman and the First Amendment," augments standard texts by providing thought-provoking primary documents and questions designed to stimulate discussion in the classroom.

The Emma Goldman Papers Project created the traveling exhibition to present the broader public with compelling historical photographs and documents from the collection. It began to tour the country in 1990 in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of Goldman's death. Special events organized in conjunction with the exhibition took place at several locations, including the Tamiment Library at New York University, the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, and Georgetown University. The exhibition continues to travel, extending the path trod by Goldman many years ago. Since 1990 it has traveled to over thirty locations, including the Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame, the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College, Macalester College, Smith College, the University of Notre Dame, Willamette University, and the University of Arizona at Tucson. Tours in Iowa, New Mexico, and New York have been sponsored by state humanities councils.

The Project director is Goldman biographer Candace Falk, author of Love, Anarchy, and Emma Goldman (Holt, 1984; revised edition, Rutgers University Press, 1990, 1999). Leon F. Litwack, Morrison Professor of American History at the University of California at Berkeley, chairs the Project's Faculty Advisory Board.

The Project is funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the National Archives in Washington, D.C., the University of California at Berkeley, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other agencies, including the Ford Foundation. "Emma's List" gratefully acknowledges the growing number of individual donors whose generous contributions of at least one hundred dollars are vital to the Project's completion. All donations are tax-deductible.

For more information, write to the Emma Goldman Papers, University of California, 2372 Ellsworth St., Berkeley, CA 94720; or e-mail us:

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