Published by the US Government in 1945 this report details the scientific methods used to develop the hydrogen fuelled nuclear…
The Marx Memorial Library holds over 48,000 books, pamphlets and periodicals on the science of Marxism, the history of the working class movement, trade unionism, anti-fascism and peace and solidarity campaigns. Information on these publications can be found on our catalogue. We also hold archival collections on the Spanish Civil War, trade unions and campaign groups, activists and revolutionaries and the libraries of James Klugmann and John Bernal. Subject guides, articles and educational material on these core collections can be found below.
Bernal – scientist and socialist – was a life-long campaigner for peace. He was president of the Marx Memorial Library 1950-71 and his library was donated to the MML in 1979. The library includes reports from UN committees and international conferences, in addition to runs of periodicals on all aspects of twentieth century campaigns for peace.
Klugmann – historian of the Communist Party – was a writer, educator and speaker. He edited Marxism Today 1957-77 and was a member of the MML Committee 1967-77. His collection of radical literature, with a focus on Robert Owen, and early socialists such as Bray, Thompson and Gray, the Chartist movement and women’s rights, is housed at the Library.
The archive of the library itself, dating back to its foundation in 1933, includes bulletins, reports, education syllabuses and the papers of individual librarians such as John Williamson and Andrew Rothstein. For more information about the history of the Library click here.
The Spanish Collection comprises the archives of the International Brigade Association and those of individual Brigaders. It documents the Aid Spain campaign in the UK and abroad – a grass roots response to the Spanish Civil War 1936-39 –, the experiences of Brigaders fighting in Spain and subsequent campaigns against the Franco dictatorship. It includes photographs, diaries, correspondence, printed ephemera, periodicals and artefacts.
A complete run of the Daily Worker and the Morning Star from the first issue published on 1 January 1930 is available to researchers at the Library. This fascinating resource tracks the history of the left and labour movement in Britain and aboard. The newspapers’ photographic archive also form part of the Library's collections.
The Printers' Collection was donated to the MML in 2009 by the Graphical, Paper and Media Sector of Unite. The collection comprises journals, reports, photographs, banners and other artefacts relating to the print industry in the UK. For further information on the collection, visit the Printers' Collection website here http://www.printerscollection.org.uk/.
The Library holds a wide range of collections on individuals such as Wal Hannington, Phil Piratin, James Connolly, Noreen and Clive Branson and Helen Crawfurd, and organisations such as the British Soviet Friendship Society, the British Czechoslovak Friendship League and the China Campaign Committee.
A unique collection of pamphlets and rare periodicals form part of the Library’s collections and document activities of trade unions, political parties and campaign groups for over one hundred years, covering subjects including the anti-colonial campaigns, the womens’ movement and strikes and struggles.
The Marx Memorial Library has a phenomenal collection of historic photos. Here are samples from our Daily Worker/Morning Star archive.
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John Williamson spent the most active years of his life (1913-1955) as member of the Communist Party of America. Of Scottish origins, he moved back to the UK due to the Smith Act that represented the attempt of the US Department of Justice to destroy the CPUSA.
He had worked for ten years as a librarian and organiser of the Marx Memorial Library's educational activities. Before his death in 1974 he was nominated chairman.