The study notes Wicks acquired at the International Lenin School in Moscow form a large part of the collection. The notes are of great interest as, although many of the works translated for students have been published at other times, the collected notes are indicative of the training which was regarded as necessary for a leading Communist militant at that period.
Minimum and maximum reading lists were constructed, based mostly on extracts from larger works. Each subject was sub-divided and a student would be responsible for preparing the work on one or more subdivisions. Major subjects taught included marxian economics, the history of the Russian Communist Party, the history of the European labour movement and party structure and philosophy. Work was intensive and each term ended with a character assessment of the student.
Included in the papers are notes on publications by L. D. Trotsky, and the selection of material indicates something of official Soviet thinking on Trotsky's position at this time.
In 1983 Harry Wicks donated further material to the Centre. The later deposit includes his writings, study notes and correspondence regarding Communism and Trotskyism, 1940s-80s, and his collection of journals, pamphlets and ephemera concerning Labour, Communist and Trotskyist politics, 1920s-1970s
Harry Wicks died 26 March 1989. An obituary, written by Logie Barrow was published in the The Guardian, (31 March 1989, p33.).