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Dona Torr papers

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Dona Torr papers

CP/IND/TORR. A Marxist editor and translator of the 1930s, Dona Torr became the doyenne of the party's younger historians initially through her involvement in writing a biography of Tom Mann. Begun in 1936, while Mann was still alive, only a first volume of the full biography had been published by the time of Torr's death in 1957. Nevertheless, Torr was a mentor generously acknowledged by some younger communist historians, E.P. Thompson in particular; though others - Eric Hobsawm being one - thought her work more of propagandist than of historical value. Torr's study of Mann would certainly have been massively documented, and doubtless would have met its object of underlining Mann's crucial legitimising role in linking the CPGB to Britain's indigenous socialist revival of the 1880s. Torr's working papers include many original items of Mann's, whose correspondents included contemporary labour and socialist figures like Keir Hardie, H.M. and Hyndman and Peter Kropotkin. There is also a memoir by Harry Pollitt, described as remarkable by Mann's biographer Joseph White, as well as Torr's own extensive historical correspondence.

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Early notebooks by Dona Torr

Early notebooks by Dona Torr

Torr01 - The contents of these notebooks can be loosely defined as covering three main subject areas: Love and Hate; Psychology and Science; Collectives and Customs, here follows a summary of... (more...)

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Correspondence about Tom Mann and His Times

Correspondence about Tom Mann and His Times

Torr02 - Tom Mann and His Times' was originally intended to be a two-volume biography of Tom Mann by Dona Torr. Volume 1 appeared in 1956, and included some chapters by... (more...)

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Tom Mann and His Times

Tom Mann and His Times

Torr03 - The items in this grouping focus upon the upheaval of the labour market and beginnings of the labour movement which were occuring during Tom Mann's lifetime. From machinery replacing... (more...)

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Materials on Marxism, History and Religion

Materials on Marxism, History and Religion

Torr04 - The notes and writings in this group follow one interpretation of the history of both Communism and Socialism from the latter 14th century to the mid 20th century. Attributing... (more...)

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Writings on the State

Writings on the State

Torr05 - The starting point for this research is an exploration of the beginning of socialist and communist thought. These writings cover a range of topics varying from the flaws considered... (more...)

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19th Century Working Class History - drafts, etc.

19th Century Working Class History - drafts, etc.

Torr06 - Draft manuscripts and typescripts for book on 19th Century Working Class History; related letter and material from John Saville.

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General correspondence

General correspondence

Torr07 - General correspondence between Dona Torr, Harry Pollitt and Tom & Chris Campbell; regarding developments in the Communist Party and in the Labour Party.

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Drafting process for "Tom Mann and his Times"

Drafting process for "Tom Mann and his Times"

Torr08 - Featuring a mixture of evidently biographical information and more general historical records, this selection of research contains information of as much interest to those studying the Communist Party, or... (more...)

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