The Word Collection.

The Word, finding aid.

Reference code.

GB243 T/SOR/31.

Title.

The Word: Anarchist News paper published by Guy Aldred.

Dates of creation

1939 – 1963

Extent.

4 bound volumes.

Name of Creators.

Guy A. Aldred, Bakunin Press and The Strickland Press.

Level of description.

Fonds.

Administrative history.

Guy A. Aldred, 1886 – 1963 was a prominent anarchist-communist, and key member of the Anti-Parliamentary Communist Federation. Born in London, he moved to Glasgow during the first world war where he played a vital role in Glasgow’s’ working class movement. He was the founder, editor and publisher of both Bakunin Press (1906) and The Stickland Press (1939) which published, amongst other periodicals, The Word – a newspaper which was an organ of the United Socialist Movement and a series of pamphlets entitled, “The Word” Library.

Scope and content.

Volumes I to III 1939 – 1942, Volumes IV to VI, 1942 – 1946.  Volume XVI November 1954 to October 1955, Volume XXIV November 1962 to December 1963. The Word Library” Nos. 4, 6. 7, 1940, Second Series – No. 1, 1940, No.3, 1941, Nos. 5 – 6, 1942.

System of arrangement.

Items have been arranged chronologically.

Custodial history.

The material in this collection was assembled from a number of individual collections donated to the Spirit of Revolt project. The decision to remove items from individual collections to construct complete, or near complete, runs of publications was taken to reduce duplications and make the publications more accessible to researchers.

Immediate source of acquisition.

John Cooper: Volume I – III, 1939 – 1942,  Volume IV to VI, 1942 to 1946. Following  Courtesy of Sparrows Nest, Vol.1 No.3, Read On Line, Vol.1 No.8, Read On Line,   Vol.2 No.11, Read On LineVol.3 No.1, Read On line,   Vol.3 No.2, Read On Line Vol.3 No.3, Read On LineVol.3 No.5, Read On LineVol.3 No.6, Read On LineVol.4 No.3, Read On LineVol.4 No.7, Read On Line, Vol.5 No.5, Read On Line The Word Library” Nos. 4, 6. 7, 1940, Second Series – No. 1, 1940, No.3, 1941, Nos. 5 – 6, 1942.

Hard copies held at Sparrow’s Nest, Vol.20 No.9, Read On lineVol.23 No.1, Read On LineVol.23 No.2, Read On Line,

Dave McLellan: Volume XVI, 1954 to 1955,  Volume XXIV 1962 to 1963.

Dek Keenan; The Word Library” No.6.

Appraisal, Destruction, Scheduling.

Appraised according to the Spirit of Revolt appraisal policy.

Accruals.

No further accruals expected.

Access conditions.

Open.

Copyright conditions.

Application for reproduction should be made to the Spirit of Revolt.

Existence of copies.

No know copies.

Finding aids.

Descriptive list available at Glasgow City Archives and on the Spirit of Revolt website.

Publication Note.

No known publications.

Related collections.

Other Spirit of Revolt collections are held at Glasgow City Archives (ref: T/SOR).

Date(s) of descriptions.

Compiled by John Couzin, March 2015. updated by Paula Larkin (Project Archivist), October 2016.

1

The Word

Newspaper

1

Vols. I – III

1939 – 1942

2

Vols. IV.- VI.

1942 – 1946

3

Volume Sixteen

Nov 1954 – Oct 1955

4

Volume 24

Nov 1962 – Dec 1963

2

The Word Library”

Pamphlets

1

No. 4. Letters to the Editor,,,, and Published by The Strickland Press

1940

2

No. 6. Studies in Communism

1940

3

No. 7. Pioneers of Anti-Parliamentarism

1940

4

Second Series, No. 1. Bakunin

1940

5

Second Series, No. 3. Richard Carlile, Agitator, His Life and Times

1941

6

Second Series, No. 5. Socialism and Parliament – Part II. Government by Labour, A Record of Facts

1942

7

No. 6. Jail Journal and Other writings by Richard Carlile, edited and arranged by Guy A. Aldred.

1942