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Ivor Montagu papers

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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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Diaries, personal writings, drawings, photographs and childhood ephemera

Diaries, personal writings, drawings, photographs and childhood ephemera

CP/MONT/1. These items cover both the personal and the political life of Ivor Montagu. Montagu's childhood and early life are revealed through a combination of biographical materials and childhood ephemera, alongside... (more...)

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Notes, manuscripts and records collated for Montagu

Notes, manuscripts and records collated for Montagu's intended and actual publications

CP/MONT/2. Montagu wrote two volumes of an autobiography; however, only the first volume was published. The second volume of this autobiography can be found here as a draft manuscript and alongside... (more...)

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Assorted transcripts, manuscripts, correspondence and published articles

Assorted transcripts, manuscripts, correspondence and published articles

CP/MONT/3. As a Transnationalist Communist who often travelled to different European countries, Montagu did not restrict his submissions to those in English magazines. These items include submissions to Russian and... (more...)

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Correspondence with journals and labour movement organisations, with related records

Correspondence with journals and labour movement organisations, with related records

CP/MONT/4. While Montagu is not as famous as some of his contemporaries, these records do feature some well known figures including: a membership list from the 1917 club listing J. Ramsay... (more...)

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Correspondence with Communists at home and abroad, with papers and ts on varied subjects

Correspondence with Communists at home and abroad, with papers and ts on varied subjects

CP/MONT/5. These records include correspondence upon both potential and actual publications by Montagu, Dobb, Ehrenburg and other authors of Communist Works. More political items are also included here: the debate between... (more...)

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Correspondence with Communists and political thinkers of the era at home and abroad

Correspondence with Communists and political thinkers of the era at home and abroad

CP/MONT/6. A substantial quantity of this correspondence took place during the second world war and for this reason it includes references to rationing, the invasion of Russia, and the British Communist... (more...)

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Miscellaneous correspondents A-S during the 20th century

Miscellaneous correspondents A-S during the 20th century

CP/MONT/7. These correspondents include: R. Page Arnot, 1961-78; Clement Attlee, 1937-44; Lord Beaverbrook, 1926; Eileen Bernal, 1966-71; Emile Burns, c.1949; Ben Bradley, 1943; Maurice Dobb, 1966; Tom Driberg, 1964; W.E.B.... (more...)

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Miscellaneous correspondents T-Z, with correspondence anon. and official

Miscellaneous correspondents T-Z, with correspondence anon. and official

CP/MONT/8. These items feature miscellaneous correspondence, letters discussing international relations, and items relating to left-wing movements. Miscellaneous correspondents include: A.J.P. Taylor 1948; Ernie Trory 1977-79; Raphael Tuck MP 1977; Alex Tudor-Hart... (more...)

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Papers regarding cultural relations with the USSR, film interests, and Jewish affairs

Papers regarding cultural relations with the USSR, film interests, and Jewish affairs

CP/MONT/9. Papers regarding the Society for Cultural Relations with the USSR from 1947 until 1984. These papers include minutes, circulars, records on the organisation and details of some personnel. Copies of... (more...)

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Correspondence on cultural politics, avoiding military service, and role as a news reporter

Correspondence on cultural politics, avoiding military service, and role as a news reporter

CP/MONT/10. With an initial focus on the cultural politics surrounding broadcast and print media, this grouping also includes records from the Duke of Hamilton's libel action in response to one of... (more...)

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