Progressive League

Scope and Content

Minutes of the Council and standing committees; constitution of the Progressive League; 'Plan', the League journal; correspondence concerning conference arrangements; papers relating to the Committee of Enquiry on the treatment of children deprived of a normal home life; correspondence with members and MPs, and concerning the publication of 'Plan'; and financial papers.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Progressive League was formed in 1932 by H G Wells, C E M Joad and others to unite progressive organisations against fascism. It is concerned with social and economic developments, reforms consistent with human freedom, and initiatives designed to reduce poverty, ill health and intolerance. The League has given evidence before the Royal Commissions on Abortion, Divorce, and Homosexual and Prison Reform, and has campaigned for greater sexual freedom and contraception. The Progressive League is affiliated to and supports many organisations concerned with peace, asylum seekers, human rights, pensioners, civil liberties and environmental issues. There are ten groups, which hold meetings every month. These are the history group, forum (a group which discusses recent events), and the play reading, country dancing, writers, poetry, arts, religion, philosophy and psychology groups. Two residential conferences outside London are held each year.


This collection is arranged in 7 sections:
1. Minutes, 1936-1994.
2. Publications ('Plan') and Constitutions, 1937-1996.
3. Conferences, 1980-1988.
4. Children's Homes, 1945.
5. General Correspondence, 1993-1994.
6. Finance, 1993-1994.
7. 'Plan' (additional copies), 1993-2002.

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Other Finding Aids

Printed handlist and online catalogue available.

Archivist's Note

Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on May 29, 2002.

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