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Harry Pollitt papers

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Harry Pollitt papers

CP/IND/POLL. Harry Pollitt (1890-1960) was the CPGB's general secretary from 1929 to 1939 and 1941 to 1956. In the Stalinised communist party, the general secretary's role was a crucial one, which after the manner of Stalin himself combined oversight of the party apparatus with the projection of exemplary leadership qualities. Though Pollitt took some time to establish his authority, by the mid-1930s he functioned as de facto party 'leader' and a sort of tribune of the anti-fascist left. How telling it was that when his tenure was interrupted in 1939 on account of his resistance to the Comintern's anti-war line, no other party figure attempted to combine these functions. Pollitt was therefore able to resume his old responsibilities with the Nazi attack on the Soviet Union in June 1941, and continued to exercise them until the immediate aftermath of the Khrushchev speech in 1956.

His personal papers include extensive materials collected by his devoted disciple John Mahon, whose official biography of Pollitt was published in 1976. It is not always possible to identify which of the materials were kept by Pollitt and which were assembled by Mahon. Nevertheless, the coverage goes back to Pollitt's early years before the formation of the CPGB, including documents and recollections collected by Mahon and Pollitt's own personal memorabilia. Coverage of the inter-war years is uneven, but includes substantial correspondence with Dutt from the 'Class Against Class' period, in which together they contrived Pollitt's accession to the party leadership. There is also an important documentation of disputes over the war and party policy during the Nazi-Soviet pact. Voluminous drafts and speech notes begin in the late 1930s, and Pollitt's visits to a number of countries in the post-war period are carefully if not always revealingly recorded. There are also draft chapters and correspondence providing insight into the production of his autobiography Serving My Time. Pollitt's sixty or so trips to the USSR are not so fully documented, and for the crisis point of 1956 one must consult the files of general secretary's correspondence (CP/CENT/SEC).

As if to underline the vulnerability of the archives, two letters to Pollitt have been cut precisely where they seem to promise revelation: about early party wranglings and Moscow during the purges respectively. Given the sensitivity of these questions - and, on the CPGB history commission, Pollitt was particularly cagey about the first of them - it is easy to see why Pollitt might have wielded the scissors. Any archive is as much as anything defined by its absences; it is rare, however, that these are so clearly indicated.

Description drawn from Kevin Morgan's introduction.

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CPGB/Socialist League correspondence

CPGB/Socialist League correspondence

Gen Sec's correspondence re possible co-operation in united action v fascism.

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ILP documents and cuttings

ILP documents and cuttings

Reports and agendas for ILP conferences.

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CPGB/ILP correspondence

CPGB/ILP correspondence

Includes: Extensive correspondence between Pollitt, Paton & Brockway re co-operation between the parties, Circulars, etc. re united front activities, Extensive correspondence between (mainly) Pollitt & Brockway re joint action, Joint letters... (more...)

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Unity Campaign documents

Unity Campaign documents

Includes: draft on united front agreement between the communist party and the ILP, and a document outlining the 'Basis of the Unity Campaign'. (See also, in the John Mahon working papers,... (more...)

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[Miscellaneous documents and correspondence]

[Miscellaneous documents and correspondence]

Includes: Miscellaneous documents issued by the Central Committee of the CPGB, press releases and pamphlets, copies of the Affiliation magazine and miscellaneous correspondence chiefly between J.S.Middleton and Morgan Philips of the... (more...)

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Miscellaneous files: Reports on Pollitt

Miscellaneous files: Reports on Pollitt's health

Two reports from a Soviet clinical sanatorium on HP's health.

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Miscellaneous files: Fascism in Germany

Miscellaneous files: Fascism in Germany

Copy (ts) of an articles and reports published in the German press regarding the rise of fascism.

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Miscellaneous files: Pollitt

Miscellaneous files: Pollitt's notes, etc.

Miscellaneous printed, MS & TS documents and notes beginning with HP's early boilermakers union membership and his technical education in Manchester. Includes a list of pamphlets composed by HP between 1926-1952,... (more...)

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Miscellaneous files: CP in Poland

Miscellaneous files: CP in Poland

Supplement to the March 1952 issue of New Poland, containing President Bierut's address to the 3rd session of the Constitution Committee followed by the text of the draft constitution; copy (ts... (more...)

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Miscellaneous files: CPGB Parliamentary and Local Government Committee papers

Miscellaneous files: CPGB Parliamentary and Local Government Committee papers

File including circulars, minutes, statements and HP notes re Parliamentary and Local Government Committee.

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