The Word Collection.

The Word Collection, finding aid.

Reference code.

GB243 T/SOR/31.


The Word: Anarchist News paper published by Guy Aldred.

Dates of creation

1939 – 1966


4 bound volumes, and 14 pamphlets.

Name of Creators.

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

Level of description.


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. No. 2 Spring 1966

The Word Library” Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6. 7, 9, 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: The Word, Volume I – III, 1939 – 1942,  Volume IV to VI, 1942 to 1946. No. 2 Spring 1966. “The Word Library”, No’s. 1, 8 and Second Series, No. 2 and 4. 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.

Les Forster: “The Word Library”, No’s. 1, 2, 5, 7, 9 and Second Series No. 2 (front cover).

Walter Morrison: Second Series No. 2

Appraisal, Destruction, Scheduling.

Appraised according to the Spirit of Revolt appraisal policy.


No further accruals expected.

Access conditions.


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.


The Word



Vols. I – III

1939 – 1942


Vols. IV.- VI.

1942 – 1946


Volume Sixteen

Nov 1954 – Oct 1955


Volume 24

Nov 1962 – Dec 1963


No.2. Spring 1966. Published after the death of Guy Aldred. Edited by John Taylor Caldwell.



The Word Library”



No. 1.  (3 copies) Socialism and the Pope.



No. 2. The Rebel and His Disciples.






Letters to the Editor.



No.5 Historical and Traditional Christianity



No. 6 Studies in Communism.



No. 7. Pioneers of Anti-Parliamentarism. ( 2 copies)


8 No.8 Dogmas Discarded, An Autobiography of Thought, 1886-1908 1940
9 No.8 Dogmas Discarded, (part ii) An Autobiography of Thought, 1902-1908 1940
10 Second series, No.1 Bakunin 19400
11 Second Series No.2 (front cover) Why Jesus Wept. 1940
12 Second Series No.3 Richard Calile, Agitator, His Life and Times. 1941
13 Second Series No.4 Socialism and Parliament,  Part 1, The Burning Question of Today. 1942
14 Second Series No.5. Socialism and Parliament – ii Government by Labour, A Record of Facts. 1942
15 Second Series No.6. Jail Journal and Other Writings by Richard Carlile. 1942