THE JAMES KLUGMANN COLLECTION
Since the formal opening of this collection in October last year, work has continued on the cataloguing and listing of this valuable addition to our Library's
holdings. The job of handling books and material of this Chartist/Radical period
is fascinating and certainly enlightening in the wide range of subjects and variety of
topics, providing a wonderful insight into the pre-Marxist working class and
socialist history. As you will see from the brief introduction to the collection written by Ruth & Edmund Frow for the formal opening brochure, it is very rich in rare
pamphlets and documents, and will be a vital source of information for the student
and historian of this period.
There are a number of problems, however, which perhaps our members could help
us with - we need to publicise this collection more widely,.and hope it will be used
fully when available to our members. This means help from students and
historians in highlighting sections of this collection that they are familiar with, and
writing about it in journals and periodicals they are connected with. Help and advice is also needed for restoration and repair of some of the badly damaged
material, storage of pamphlets, and expert opinions on preservation.
Copies of the brochure are still available at the Library, which contains details of
the Ceramic collection, an introduction to James Klugmann' s extensive Library by
Betty Reid, and some illustrations from some of the books. Price of the commemorative brochure is 75p.
Can you help? Or do you know anyone who can?'
James Klugmann's collection reflects his wide interest in and knowledge of the
radical and labour movements.
He started collecting during the second World War, when material was available,
and, because of his extensive interests was able to gather together a wide-ranging
library of books, pamphlets and associated ephemera, relating to all aspects of the
formative period of the working class and the later development of the socialist