Papers of Harold Bing, pacifist, 1902-1972

Scope and Content

This small collection reflects Bing's political interests. It includes original correspondence to Constantin Sarantchoff, including four letters from P.A. Kropotkin and a group of 43 letters from Edward Carpenter. There is a series of published material by and about Tolstoy (1928-1972), including miscellaneous prints and photographs, used for lectures. A number of letters and papers concern Vladimir Tchertkoff and his Tolstoy work. Correspondence to Bing is present from Ludwig Perno and fellow members of the War Resisters International. Some copies of One and All: Journal of the National Adult School Union include articles on Tolstoyans in England.

Administrative / Biographical History

Harold F. Bing (d 1975), a native of Croydon, moved to Loughborough, Leicestershire in 1950 to an appointment on the staff of the Co-operative College at Stanford Hall. He was a lifelong pacifist and a founder member of The War Resisters International. His interest in the philosophy of Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) led him to collect material about the writer for use in local lectures and exhibitions. He was closely associated with the Tolstoyan community in England.


Correspondence is arranged according to correspondent, with a separate section for the printed matter. Each section is arranged chronologically.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

REPROGRAPHIC: Photocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

Other Finding Aids

NOTE: Copyright on all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

  • In the Reading Room, University of Nottingham Library: Typescript Catalogue, 3 pp
  • At the National Register of Archives, London: Typescript Catalogue, 3 pp

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email ). The Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

LANGUAGE: English, German, Esperanto and Russian.

Custodial History

The bulk of Harold Bing's papers were dispersed, after his death in 1975, to different institutions with whom he had a connection.