Workers' International League/Revolutionary Communist Party minutes, including reports and conference documents; approximately 3,000 letters, 1940-65.
Jimmy Deane Papers
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Jimmy Deane was born in Liverpool in 1921. He joined the Militant Group in 1937 and was the co-founder of the Liverpool branch of the Workers' International League in 1939. By 1945, Jimmy Deane had joined the editorial board of the Socialist Appeal, the journal of the Revolutionary Communist Party. The next year, Jimmy Deane was the British delegate to the International Secretariat of the Fourth International. He was one of the founders of the Revolutionary Socialist League in 1956 and was appointed as its first General Secretary. Jimmy Deane left Britain for India in 1965 and subsequently spent a few years in Fiji. Although he returned to Britain he did not resume his active role in the Trotskyist movement: he remained loyal to his political beliefs, however. Jimmy Deane died in August 2002.
Reference: Obituary by John McIlroy, Revolutionary History (volume 8 number 3).
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on access to these papers.
The collection was transferred to the Centre, from All Saints Library, Manchester Metropolitan University, in 1993, on indefinite loan.
Other Finding Aids
The original index cards, which describe the collection, are available for use in the searchroom. An authority file exists for Jimmy Deane (GB 152 AAR0814).
Conditions Governing Use
There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.
This collection has not been weeded for duplicates.
Further deposits are not expected.