Anarchist’s Archive Gets Temporary Reprieve: Donors Buy Time for Emma Goldman Project

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By Glen Martin
California Magazine

Things are looking up a bit for the Emma Goldman Papers Project, a long-running effort to archive the letters and ephemera documenting the vivid life and heady times of the eponymous radical immigrant, feminist and anarchist. Publicity about the project’s imperiled condition has generated a wave of financial support that will keep it going at least through June.

As CALIFORNIA reported last month, UC Berkeley has officially pulled away from the project: UC Berkeley Associate Chancellor Nils Gilman explained that Cal had provided support for a quarter century, but that state support for the university has dwindled over time, and that continuing to spend money on it meant denying funds to other worthy enterprises. The project’s supervising archivist, Candace Falk, called the loss of university support devastating—noting Goldman’s significance to American political history, and contending that the archivist’s road is long and circuitous in the best of circumstances.

“The seventh volume of the Martin Luther King papers took seven years to complete,” says Falk, who acknowledged that she initially expected the work to take a couple of years, and that it has been 35. “This is very time-consuming work, but we really do think we can finish in a year or so. Our problem now is that we have to raise funds while we’re simultaneously trying to finish the project. It’s incredibly stressful.”

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