Papers re the International Transport Workers' Federation during 2nd World War, and other aspects of international trade unionism, 1913-1979; personalia.
Papers of Paul Tofahrn (1901-1979), trade unionist
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 152 TOF
- Dates of Creationc1910s-1979
- Language of MaterialEnglish French German Dutch Swedish
- Physical Description16 boxes
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Born in Manderfeld in 1901, Tofahrn (d.1979) had a lifetime's involvement with the Belgian, European and international labour movement. He was successively an officer of the Belgian Railwaymen's Union, the International Transport Workers' Federation (as Assistant Railwaymen's Secretary, 1928-31), the Food Workers' International, the Belgian Labour Party, and the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITWF) again in 1939, becoming Assistant General Secretary. Finally he was General Secretary of the Public Service's International, 1956-1967. Tofahrn resided in England from 1940 and was a member of a number of UK organisations, including the Fabian Society, the Railway Development Society and the Pedestrian's Association for Road Safety, of which he was an executive committee member.
These papers reflect something of his diverse interests and his life's work. In particular they concentrate on his service with the ITWF and his relations with its President and General Secretary. This group of papers relating to the ITWF is an important complement to its main archive deposited in the Modern Records Centre (MSS.159).
Reference: Chris Cook, Jane Leonard and Peter Leese, Sources in Contemporary British History 2: Individuals (Longman, 1994).
Preferred citation: Paul Tofahrn Papers (MSS.238). Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick.
This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/using/
Other Finding Aids
Link to full catalogue: http://mrc-catalogue.warwick.ac.uk/records/TOF
The collection was deposited with the Centre in 1982 by Mrs. Paul Tofahrn and her daughter.
Feb 1999: Typescript memoir of Tofahrn.