In addition to collecting archives on the history of socialism and the working class movement, the Library maintains its own archive.
This material, dating back to the Library’s foundation in 1933, tells a fascinating story and includes bulletins, reports, education syllabuses and newsletters. The bulletin is indexed and is a key source on the activities of the library and on the acquisition of new collections over time.
The archive also includes the personal and professional papers of individual Librarians such as John Williamson and Andrew Rothstein who were also key figures in British and international Communism. They maintained their own files of press cuttings and ephemera on contemporary strikes and struggles.
For more information about the history of the Library click here. Cataloguing of this material is still in process and, of course, the library’s archives are always being added to.