The Social Movements Collection consists of pamphlets, brochures, and periodicals about the labor movement in the United States as well as global radical political movements, including anarchism, communism, and fascism. The bulk of this collection was acquired by the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library in 1966 from Eugene Bechtold, a bookseller and former instructor at the Chicago Worker's School. Mr. Bechtold began collecting this material in the 1920s. The collection also includes items from the collection of John Reinecke. There are approximately 10,000 items in the collection. Approximately 3,000 items have been cataloged so far.