Published by the US Government in 1945 this report details the scientific methods used to develop the hydrogen fuelled nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The Marx Memorial Library holds a wide ranging collection of archives of individual activists and revolutionaries including the following:
- Wal Hannington
- Phil Piratin
- Mary Seaton (biographer of Paul Robeson)
- James Connolly
- Helen Crawfurd
- Thomas A Jackson
- Lawrence Bradshaw
- Isle Meyer
- Arthur Leslie Morton
And campaign groups and organisations including:
- The British Soviet Friendship Society
- The China Campaign Committee
- The British Czechoslovak Friendship League
Many of these smaller collections will be searchable on our online catalogue shortly.
The Library holds a unique collection of pamphlets, all of which are searchable on our online catalogue. They include publications on communism, the Soviet Union, industrial disputes, trade union rights, anti-colonial struggles and the national minority movement. They take the form of information, advice and campaign leaflets produced by unions, campaign groups and political parties.
The majority of our periodicals can also be found on our online catalogue, although this is currently be cross-checked and updated. They include international and British publications dating back to the nineteenth century including copies of Justice and The Call.
The Marx Memorial Library's poster collection is a unique resource of over 2,000 items. Areas of specialism include the Soviet Union, the Spanish Civil War, Communism, the British Labour Movement and campaigns in the second half of the twentieth century including those against the apartheid regime in South Africa and the Thatcher government in Britain.
The posters are currently being catalogued for the first time, so the true wealth of this resource is only just coming to light.
The Library has a rotating display of its posters outside its Main Hall, showcasing highlights from the collection.
Prints of a selection of the posters will soon be available to purchase on our online shop.
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.
The Morning Star, founded as the Daily Worker in 1930, is a socialist daily national newspaper. Since 1945 The Daily Worker it has been owned by the People’s Press Printing Society and in 1966 became The Morning Star.
The Marx Memorial Library holds a complete run of the newspaper, which continues to be added to, in addition to part of its photographic archive and some archival material on the history of the paper itself.
The newspaper is a fascinating historical and political resource, charting the history of the British labour movement, international anti-colonial struggles and civil and womens’ rights movements throughout the course of the twentieth century.
Strengths of the photograph archive, organised by individual and subject, include strikes and demonstrations; the Second World War; labour movement figures and London.
Digitised copies of the paper 1930-46 can be viewed in the Library’s Reading Room. A wider reaching digitisation project is currently underway.