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National Cultural Committee

CP/CENT/CULT. In 1975 the so-called Gould Report detailed the penetration of Marxists into British universities and drew particular attention to the CPGB's successful annual event, the Communist University of London. One is not required to share the author's alarmist premises to accept that the communists' cultural and intellectual influence, in particular periods and particular disciplines, was enormous. Doubtless, communist intellectuals must often have shared the historian E.P. Thompson's impatience with 'Emilism': the bureaucratic interference that Thompson associated with the party's leading cultural functionary, Emile Burns. Indeed, it is suggestive of the intellectuals' high defection rate and less exclusive commitment to the party that the archive contains none of the papers of those, like Thompson or the scientists Haldane or Bernal, who achieved a major intellectual standing outside the party's ranks. Nevertheless, there are major holdings for 'party' intellectuals like R. Palme Dutt and Ivor Montagu. And there are also the files of the National Cultural Committee, set up in 1947 with a view at once to policing and to nurturing the flow of Marxist ideas. These do rather give the view from King Street, and from Burns's office as the committee's secretary. Nevertheless, they also testify to the range of intellectual endeavours undertaken by the party. Fragmentary survivals include papers of the Sigerist Society, Engels Society (biology) and the psychology and architects' groups, while rather fuller documentation exists for the artists' group, and there is a full run of the music group's Music and life. Unquestionably the most distinguished of these bodies was the Historians' Group, which, at a formative period of their lives, brought together luminaries like Edward Thompson, Eric Hobsbawm, Christopher Hill and John Saville, and thus came to exercise a profound influence on English historical scholarship. Happily there survive fairly extensive records for the group, dating from its heyday in the 1950s to its later, less influential activities as the CPGB History Group. With the records of the Historians' Group one should perhaps add the papers of Dona Torr (CP/IND/TORR), whom many of its younger figures regarded as the doyenne of British Marxist historians.

Description drawn from Kevin Morgan's introduction.

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NCC papers

NCC papers

From box CP/CENT/CULT/01. File 01: NCC minutes (incomplete) and papers incl. report on Writers Group. | File 02: Papers, incl. agendas and circulars. | File 03: Reports to CP's Commission... (more...)

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Arts and Leisure Committee : including the Martin Jacques papers

Arts and Leisure Committee : including the Martin Jacques papers

From box CP/CENT/CULT/02. File 06: NCC minutes, etc., 1976-1977. | File 07: NCC minutes, etc., 1978-1979. | File 08: ALC papers of committee member, Martin Jacques, incl. minutes and MJ's notes... (more...)

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Artery

Artery

From box CP/CENT/CULT/03. File 05: Correspondence of NCC secretary, Betty Reid, with Jeff Sawtell and others re Artery. Copies of issue nos. 6-7 of the magazine are reproduced in the (more...)

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Brian Simon papers (i)

Brian Simon papers (i)

From box CP/CENT/CULT/03. File 06: Misc. NCC papers, c1950-1955. | File 07: NCC papers, 1957-1961. | File 08: NCC minutes, etc., 1961-1963. | File 09: NCC minutes, etc., 1963-1965. | File... (more...)

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Betty Reid

Betty Reid's NCC papers

From box CP/CENT/CULT/04. File 09: Misc. NCC papers including correspondence, 1967 - 1973. | File 10: Miscellaneous papers, 1960s-1970s. | File 11: TS article 'Marxist theory of culture', 1945.

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CPGB Architects and Allied Technicians Group

CPGB Architects and Allied Technicians Group

From box CP/CENT/CULT/05. File 01: Bulletin no 1, 1950.

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CPGB Artists Group

CPGB Artists Group

From box CP/CENT/CULT/05. File 02: Loose TS minutes of monthly meetings, 1955-1956. | File 03: Misc. correspondence, notes, etc., 1959-1962. | File 04: Artists Group Bulletin, 1954-1955. | File 05: Realism,... (more...)

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CPGB Built Environment Group

CPGB Built Environment Group

From box CP/CENT/CULT/05. File 08: Printed bulletin, 1975.

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Engels Society

Engels Society

From box CP/CENT/CULT/05. File 09: Duplicated materials incl. transactions, 1948-1952.

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CPGB Esperanto Group

CPGB Esperanto Group

From box CP/CENT/CULT/05. File 10: Newsletter, etc.

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