The Guy Aldred Collection

A large collection of material relating to the anarchist and socialist Guy Aldred (1886-1963), including his own scrapbooks.


About Guy Aldred

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Guy Aldred, circa 1900-1910.

Guy Aldred (1886-1963) was born in Clerkenwell, London and although he honed his oratory skills as a boy preacher, he later rejected religion and became interested in socialism, anarchism and women's suffrage. He took part in several anti-war protests during WWI and was imprisoned.

In the late 1920s he moved to Glasgow and in 1934 he set up the anarcho-communist United Socialist Movement with his partner, Jenny Patrick, and Ethel MacDonald. For the rest of his life he campaigned against injustice, through his public speaking and published writings.

Read a full biography at the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

About the collection

The collection includes pamphlets, papers, correspondence, cuttings and documents and covers the years 1914-1969. The collection is part of Bailie’s Library, which came to the Mitchell Library in 1981.

Finding aid

Guy Aldred Collection listing (PDF, 495KB)

Further reading

Publications by Guy Aldred in the online catalogue.

Aldred, Guy (1955–63) No traitor's gate!, 3 vols. in 1

Caldwell, J. T. (1988) Come dungeons dark.

Caldwell, J., & Jones, B. (2004, September 23). Patrick, Jane Hamilton [known as Jenny] (1884–1971), anarchist. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Caldwell, J., & Jones, B. (2004, September 23). MacDonald, Ethel Camilia (1909–1960), anti-parliamentary socialist. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Periodicals held at The Mitchell Library:

The Commune. (1923-1929)

Herald of revolt: An organ of the coming social revolution. Volumes 3 (Feb 1913) - 4 (May 1914)

Spur. Volumes 1 (June 1914 )- 3 (May 1918)

Word: An organ of the United socialist movement. Volumes 1(May 1938) - 25 (May 1965)

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