Papers of James Milligan, town planner and left wing political activist, 1928-

Scope and Content

  • Government publications and material relating to land ownership 1967-1995
  • Papers relating to the Committee of Enquiry into the Proposed Run Down of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders 1971
  • Papers relating to the Alternative Employment Study Group relating to the Trident nuclear submarine base at Faslane, Argyll & Bute 1984-1987
  • Published political magazines 1973-1994
  • Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament conference papers 1989-1991
  • Campaign for Scottish Parliament/Devolution papers and newscuttings 1984-1998

Administrative / Biographical History

James Milligan was born in Possilpark, Glasgow, Scotland, in  1928  and was educated at Strathaven Academy, Hamilton Academy and the University of Glasgow where he graduated with Honours in Political Economy and Political Science in 1950, after having served in the Royal Air Force. He was a member of the Communist Party from  1945 to 1957  and thereafter a member of the Labour Party. Jim worked as a town planner in Glasgow; Hull, England; and in Craigavon, Northern Ireland. From  1967 to 1987 , he was employed as a lecturer in the Department of Urban & Regional Planning at the  University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Jim describes himself as having an 'enthusiasm for participatory, socialist democracy' and was a campaigner for devolution and the Scottish Parliament. He also works for the greater empowerment, organising and informing of Community Councils.

Source:  Glasgow Caledonian University Library Special Collections, James Milligan homepage (Joe Fodey, 2002)


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information

Please contact the Research Collections Manager in the first instance. Some material is subject to current data protection legislation.

Acquisition Information

Received from Jim Milligan : May 2002


Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Other Finding Aids

Further information on the collection and its non-archival content can be found in Glasgow Caledonian University Library Special Collections at the James & Martin Milligan collection homepage ( .

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Custodial History

Held by Jim Milligan


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Location of Originals

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Additional Information

Compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 11 October 2002

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