Brad Duncan


Tour of the R. F. Kampfer Revolutionary Literature Archive

On this tour Brad Duncan will present and discuss printed materials related to the social movements of the 1960s and 70s that inspired “Organize Your Own”, as well as from contemporaneous international radical movements. Duncan has been collecting printed material produced by radical Left and liberation movements from around the world for 20 years. His personal collection, nicknamed the R.F. Kampfer Revolutionary Literature Archive, is located just west of Penn’s campus in West Philadelphia and includes thousands of pamphlets, newspapers, flyers, and books from Nicaragua to Vietnam to Detroit. Visitors will have a chance to explore the collection and view scarce and unique paper items related to radical social movements. See more at

Brad Duncan is a nationally recognized collector of printed materials produced by 20th century radical left social movements. Duncan’s archive highlights the ways that these movements were interconnected during the global radicalization of the 1960s and 1970s. His archive was the subject of a recent critically acclaimed exhibition at Trinosophes in Detroit titled “Power to the Vanguard: Original Printed Materials from Revolutionary Movements Around the Globe, 19631987. From the Collection of Brad Duncan”. Duncan has worked for the University of Pennsylvania Libraries since 2011 and is currently working on the Gotham Book Mart collection. Select items from Duncan’s archive are profiled on the blog

See photos from the January 15th tour for Organize Your Own participants Paul Gargagliano of Hazel Photo.