The University Record, March 28, 1994

Federal grant funds Labadie Collection project

The University Library has been awarded a second year of funding by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title II-C program for a project to catalog 5,500 retrospective serial titles from the Labadie Collection in the Special Collections Library. The budget for year two is $81,850.

The Labadie Collection is known for its extensive materials on radical history in the United States. The core of the collection was acquired by the U-M in 1911 as a gift from Joseph A. Labadie, who was known as Detroit’s “gentle anarchist.”

The collection documents a wide variety of social protest movements and organizations of the 19th and 20th centuries in the United States. In recent years the collection has expanded to include holdings in civil rights, the student protest and anti-war movements of the 1960s, modern anarchist and Trotskyist literature, as well as materials on gay liberation, radical feminism, pacifism, amnesty and the anti-nuclear movements.

The project, which began in fall 1992, will end in summer 1994. Leighann Ayers, acting head of the Serials and Acquisitions Division, and Peggy Daub, head of the Special Collections Library and Arts Libraries, are project coordinators.