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Ivor Montagu papers

CP/IND/MONT. An ebullient polymath of patrician background, Ivor Montagu was never one of the CPGB's inner circle of leaders and spent only a short spell on its executive committee during its experiment with a free congress vote for the body in the mid-1940s. Nevertheless, Montagu was a significant journalist and publicist of communist causes, whose less intensive involvement in party activities allowed him scope for an extraordinary range of interests. A naturalist by training, he was also variously a film critic, film director and (with Alfred Hitchcock) producer; a sportsman and pioneering proselytiser for table tennis; the Daily worker's correspondent in post-war Germany and at the Nuremberg trials; the author of books on Mongolia, Eisenstein and the Berufsverbote, as well as of the briefly controversial Traitor class published in 1940; and president of Southampton FC Supporters' Club, as well as a lifelong member of the Fabian Society. With the exception of Montagu's film-related materials, which were deposited in the British Film Institute, all of these interests are represented in Montagu's papers. Particularly noteworthy is an extensive correspondence ranging from Ilya Ehrenburg and the playwright Sean O'Casey - the latter regarding Hitchcock's version of Juno and the paycock - to Ellen Wilkinson and Solly Zuckerman. Sadly, two files contain only photocopies: one containing correspondence with Bernard Shaw, and the other concerning Trotsky's application to come to Britain in 1929. The irony of Montagu's involvement in this episode was noted, with a delicate regard for his anonymity, by Isaac Deutscher in his Trotsky biography.

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Further correspondence and papers, both as a news reporter and with peace-campaign groups

Further correspondence and papers, both as a news reporter and with peace-campaign groups

CP/MONT/11. Commencing with correspondence from Montagu's time in post-war Germany, these items also cover a meeting of some journalists who covered the Nuremberg trials. Following World War Two, Montagu became more... (more...)

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Correspondence and cuttings relating to foreign affairs and Watford CPGB

Correspondence and cuttings relating to foreign affairs and Watford CPGB

CP/MONT/12. There are three core focal points to this grouping; writings about Mongolia as a country, trade with China and Russia 1948-1962, and papers from the Watford branch of the CPGB.... (more...)

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London theatres

London theatres' theatrical programmes and memorabilia

CP/MONT/13. These items consist of programmes and memorabilia from the following London theatres, both existent and demolished, during the 20th century: The Royal Albert Hall; The National Theatre; The London Palladium;... (more...)

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British and international theatrical programmes and memorabilia, from theatres outside London

British and international theatrical programmes and memorabilia, from theatres outside London

CP/MONT/14. These items consist of programmes and memorabilia from the following theatres and theatre groups from around the world, both existent and no longer in existence, they include: The Royal Shakespeare... (more...)

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Programs from the 1948 Olympics, Asian Games, 1st Czech Spartakiade and the British Games

Programs from the 1948 Olympics, Asian Games, 1st Czech Spartakiade and the British Games

CP/MONT/15. The items included here predominantly consist of programs for major national and international sporting competitions that took place between 1936 and 1965. Programs for the European Athletics Championships, and The... (more...)

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Sport under Apartheid, Table Tennis, Cricket, Tennis and Football

Sport under Apartheid, Table Tennis, Cricket, Tennis and Football

CP/MONT/16. Montagu's politics are evident in his sporting interests, as he took a great interest in how South African Apartheid was affecting sport and how sport could possibly be used to... (more...)

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Publications and memorabilia regarding sports and sports politics, 20th century

Publications and memorabilia regarding sports and sports politics, 20th century

CP/MONT/17. These items include Four issues of 'Sport', The 'Bulletin of the Physical Education and Sports Department of The International Union of Students'; programs for chess championships; a book upon 'The... (more...)

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Articles, notes and drafts on various international and British questions with related materials

Articles, notes and drafts on various international and British questions with related materials

CP/MONT/18. The main political questions broached by these documents are in relation to European pacts, tensions, and atrocities. Questions addressed here include: the German-Soviet Pact, the Soviet-Finnish war, notes on the... (more...)

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