Mick Gallagher Collection.

Reference Code

GB243 T/SOR/49


Mick Gallagher Collection

Dates of Creation

1980s – 2000s


3 boxes

Name of Creators

Mick Gallagher

Level of Description


Administrative History

Mick Gallagher grew up in Penilee, a wee housing scheme on the very south west tip of Glasgow. He came to Anarchism through his teenage involvement with the Vegan Action Group (1987ish), which more or less self-organised along anarchist principles.

The punks active in the VAG would be the first people to introduce Mick to the ideas of Anarchism. Progressing from animal rights to involvement in the Glasgow Anarchist group, Direct Action Movement (DAM), CLASS WAR and Anti-Fascist Action.

He worked at Clydeside Press with Tommy Kayes, at the height of Thatcherism, during the Anti-Poll Tax movement, Anti-Apartheid Movement and many more campaigns. Mick left for New York in Autumn of 1993, where he met Lorenzo Komboa Ervin, author of Anarchism And The Black Revolution. Mick returned to Glasgow in the summer of 1996. He hosted Lorenzo at his parents home in Penilee, on 2 occasions, when he toured the UK.

Mick now lives in East Kilbride with his partner Michelle and two young sons, Otis and Leon.

Scope and Content

Newsletters and magazines including: Black Flag, For Anarchist Resistance; Class War; Counter Information; Direct Action; Earth First, Vegan Action News and many more. Leaflets, pamphlets and publications, Correspondence and personal notes, including notes on organising events, strategy documents and ideas on anarchism. Original artwork, t-shirts and newspaper clippings.

There is also a collection of mainly anarchist and black political prisoner campaign material from Gallagher’s time in New York, especially for the Mumia Abu Jamal campaign. There is US correspondence, leaflets, anarchist newsheets and magazines including: Anarchist Black Cross Federation Update; Jersey Anarchist; Love and Rage, A Revolutionary Anarchist Newspaper; First Day; PLⒶIN WORDS, A Paper For The Oppressed People Of Passaic County; The Blast! and the SHⒶDOW, Information is Strength· Knowledge is Power.

System of Arrangement

Items have been arranged according to record type.

Custodial History

Collected and held by Mick Gallagher.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Mick Gallagher.

Appraisal, Destruction, Scheduling

Appraised according to the Spirit of Revolt appraisal policy.


There may be further accruals.

Access Conditions


Copyright Reproduction

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

Existence of Copies

No known 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 (Ref: T/SOR) collections held at Glasgow City Archives.

Date(s) of Description

Compiled by Paula Larkin (Project Archivist) with assistance from Mick Gallagher in February 2014.

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