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JOHN GOLLAN PAPERS

John Gollan papers

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John Gollan papers

CP/IND/GOLL. Long groomed as Pollitt's successor and attaining the general secretaryship of the CPGB in the difficult year of 1956, John Gollan (1911-1977) was to retain the position for some two decades - almost as long as Pollitt himself. If Gollan never made the same impression on the wider world - some communists even muttered about a 'cult of impersonality' - the high regard in which he was held by party loyalists is attested by the biographical research carried out in the last years of her life by Margot Kettle. Long before he became party secretary, Gollan had occupied a number of key positions both in the party apparatus and at the Daily worker. Born in Edinburgh in 1911, he had also played an important role in the 1930s youth movement, as secretary of the Young Communist League. Among the activities documented are his imprisonment for anti-militarist activities in 1931; the apprentices' strikes of 1937; and his involvement in a broader youth movement, including the preparation of an unpublished book on conscription and military service.

Description drawn from Kevin Morgan's introduction.

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Biographical material

Biographical material

This first series in the Gollan papers comprises just four sheets of autobiographical notes composed between 1964 and 1966 for use by the Party.

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Personal & YCL 1930s material

Personal & YCL 1930s material

This second series includes not only papers relating to John Gollan's membership of the Young Communist League, including two early written works, as well as his trial and imprisonment on charges... (more...)

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Papers relating to the International Communist Movement

Papers relating to the International Communist Movement

Includes material relating to Russia, Hungary, Poland, Yugoslavia, Denmark, Czechoslovakia and Vietnam. As well as Gollan's contact with the CSPU and notes on the Moscow trials (1936-1938).

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Papers relating to the CPGB & British Politics

Papers relating to the CPGB & British Politics

Includes notes and cuttings relating to, amongst others, political broadcasting, the 1966 Seamen's strike, Devolution, trade union militancy and the common market.

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Articles, speeches & party statements

Articles, speeches & party statements

Includes party statements, Gollan's articles and speeches, notes relating to Harry Pollitt's funeral and other funeral orations.

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Miscellaneous material

Miscellaneous material

Includes letters from John Williamson and Finlay Hart, a document in Russian and a medical report on on J Klugman.

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