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CP/IND/MISC. A wide range of smaller deposits are grouped here, among them an impressive collection of unpublished memoirs. These include materials of interest to historians of trade union activism, for example those of the London railway union activist, Jock Nicholson, and of one of the CPGB's large cadre force within the engineering industry, Bill McElroy. Mick Jenkins, another autobiographer, became a CPGB district secretary in the East Midlands; but perhaps the most interesting chapters of his autobiography describe the making of a young Jewish communist in his native Manchester. For historians of Jewish communism, there is a further important source in the shape of David Goldinger's autobiography, available in his original Yiddish as well as English. This recounts Goldinger's Lithuanian childhood and his service in the Tsar's armies, as well as his later involvement in the Jewish Workers' Circle and tailoring unions. There is also an unpublished biography of Helen Crawfurd, the Clydeside suffragist and ILPer who joined the CPGB on its formation, played a leading role in Workers' International Relief and was a member of the CPGB's Central Committee until her marginalisation in 1929. Idris Cox, one of the most important Welsh communists of the inter-war years, has left a shorter autobiography. For many years Cox was the CPGB's Welsh district organiser, and subsequently he worked at King Street as secretary of the International Department. E.R. Pountney, technically the proprietor of the Daily worker, left several files of documents relating to the paper as well as another of the autobiographies.

Perhaps the best-known of these mostly unpublished authors was the communist autodidact Tommy Jackson: party maverick, author of works on dialectics and Charles Dickens, and famously in need of a wash, a comb and a coat hanger. Readers of Jackson's wonderful early memoirs, Solo trumpet, will discover that its unpublished sequel, Interim report, shows many of the constraints and evasions that historical writing about the CPGB itself usually involved. There are also typescripts of the published memoirs of D.N. Pritt, the Labour MP expelled from that party for his pro-Soviet stance in 1940 and subsequently re-elected against official Labour opposition in 1945. Though Pritt never formally joined the CPGB, the memoirs were published in 1965-6 by the 'party' publishers Lawrence & Wishart, which gives an accurate enough picture of his political allegiances. However, Pritt's memoirs are, by and large, not very revealing and show little of the communists' supposed penchant for self-criticism. Other papers of Pritt's are held by the British Library of Political and Economic Science.

Other groups of papers relate to particular political or intellectual interests of their depositors. Marian Ramelson, wife of Bert Ramelson, was a pre-war Yorkshire district organiser of the CPGB, having previously attended the Lenin School. Her papers in the archive relate to her activities in the women's movement (including a notebook and diary as delegate to the Conference of Women of Asia in December 1949) and the historical researches on the women's suffrage movement, on which she was to draw for her book, Petticoat rebellion. The papers of Glyn Evans include a precious documentation relating to the Workers' Welfare League of India. Correspondence deposited by Brian Pearce and Christopher (Kit) Meredith provides a vivid insight into the opinions and expectations of younger CPGB members around the end of the Second World War.

Another deposit from an older socialist tradition is the small collection relating to John Lincoln Mahon, a steadfast follower of H.M. Hyndman and father of his namesake, the CPGB's future London organiser. The papers mainly date from after Hyndman's break with the internationalist majority of the British Socialist Party (BSP) in 1916 and document Mahon's involvement with the unfortunately named National Socialist Party and "Kill Bolshevism" fund.

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A. Glyn Evans; Frank Jackson

A. Glyn Evans; Frank Jackson

The Evans papers include lecture notes taken at the London Labour College, delivered by CP notables such as R. Palme Dutt, 1923-1924. The Jackson papers mainly relate to his relationship with... (more...)

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Jim Fyrth; Julius Jacobs; Bryan Magee

Jim Fyrth; Julius Jacobs; Bryan Magee

The papers of both Fyrth and Jacobs have a distinctly educational feel, particularly in relation to labour history. These include notes and lectures on subjects such as 'the nature and origins... (more...)

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CK Cullen; Robert Dunstan; A. Glyn Evans

CK Cullen; Robert Dunstan; A. Glyn Evans

The papers of these three activists deal with the labour movement at both a domestic and foreign level. The papers of CK Cullen, for example, deal with experiences within the Independent... (more...)

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CK Cullen; John Burns; Peter Kerrigan

CK Cullen; John Burns; Peter Kerrigan

Further records within the CK Cullen papers detailing relationships with the ILP, CPGB and the Daily Worker, among other organisations during the 1920s and 1930s. There are the papers of John... (more...)

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Arnold Kettle; A. Ron Harding; Gerry Pocock; Brian Pearce; Marjorie Pollitt; George Houston

Arnold Kettle; A. Ron Harding; Gerry Pocock; Brian Pearce; Marjorie Pollitt; George Houston

The papers of Arnold Kettle and Gerry Pocock chiefly relate to their own editorial positions within 'Marxism Today' and 'News & Views', respectively, 1970s and 1980s. Those of A. Ron Harding... (more...)

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John Syme (d. 1945), Ex-Inspector of Police and leader of the National Union of Police and Prison Officers

John Syme (d. 1945), Ex-Inspector of Police and leader of the National Union of Police and Prison Officers

These extensive files are largely official and mainly concentrate on Syme's disciplinary hearing, followed by subsequent demotion and dismissal from the London Metropolitan police force as Inspector for alleged insubordination in... (more...)

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William T. Sell; Barbara Ruhemann; Peter Kerrigan; Chris Birch

William T. Sell; Barbara Ruhemann; Peter Kerrigan; Chris Birch

In a similar fashion to the John Syme papers, those of William T. Sell's chart his membership of the National Union of Police and Prison Officers and dismissal from the Metropolitan... (more...)

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Minnie Bowles; Brian Pearce; Shapurji Saklatvala; Idris Cox; CK Cullen; Jack Dunman; A.H. Evans; Ron Harding; George Hardy; Christopher Hill, et al

Minnie Bowles; Brian Pearce; Shapurji Saklatvala; Idris Cox; CK Cullen; Jack Dunman; A.H. Evans; Ron Harding; George Hardy; Christopher Hill, et al

Collectively, the documents belonging to these individuals cover a vast number of issues and topics from the 1890s to the 1970s, including autobiographical works, correspondence, regional ILP newspapers, academic works, CP... (more...)

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