I have donated the extensive archives used in researching/writing Revolution in the Air to the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research. The donated material consists of 40 boxes of books, journals, newspapers, pamphlets and internal documents from the late-1960s revolutionary upsurge and then the 1970s-80s “new communist movement.”
This archive will be added to the Library’s existing “Mike Conan Collection” of new communist movement materials. Mike was a dear comrade and friend. Before Mike died of cancer in 1994 he arranged for his large archive to be made available to researchers and activists in this way. Now, with these new documents added, the Library has perhaps the country’s most comprehensive collection of materials on this section of the U.S. left.
The Library, located in Los Angeles, offers unique and accessible collections and community programs, and is devoted to engaging people across generations in using history to advance social justice. For full information go to the Library website here.
So, if you are engaged in a research project, or are just interested in looking at primary source materials from the late ’60s radical movements and one strand of the left that grew out of them, check out the Mike Conan Collection. I also urge your support for the Southern California Library and similar institutions, which are so important for preserving records of radical movements and providing continuity from one generation of activists and scholars to the next.