E. A. Whelan papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The papers include International Marxist Group minutes and related documents of the National Committee, 1970-1974; internal discussion bulletins, 1967-73; letters to members/notes to organisers, 1970-4; correspondence and leaflets, 1968-73; pamphlets, 1970-4; North-West region, minutes, reports and leaflets, 1971-3, including material concerning the 1972 Manchester Engineering dispute; London International Marxist Group, internal documents, 1973; duplicated and printed materials issued by or relating to the Irish Solidarity Movement, 1970-1972.

International, (theoretical journal of the International Marxist Group), 1968-1974

Rank and file trade unionists, various publications including some pamphlets produced in conjunction with the International Socialism Group; Intercontinental Press,1970-4; Socialist Workers' Party (USA) Discussion Bulletin,1939-1973 Socialist Workers' Party (USA) International Information Bulletin,1945-74. (The Socialist Workers' Party International Information Bulletin has been de facto since 1963 and de jure since 1972 the Internal Discussion Bulletin of the Fourth International, United Secretariat); United Secretariat Fourth International report of the 1972 Fact Finding Commission on the International Marxist Group.

Administrative / Biographical History

E. A. Whelan was a member of the International Marxist Group between 1970 and 1974. The records listed below were accumulated during his period of membership.

Reference: John Callaghan British Trotskyism : theory and practice (Oxford : B. Blackwell, 1984.).


The papers have been kept in the order in which they were received.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was purchased by the Centre from E. A. Whelan in 1975.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom. A detailed file list is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom and at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.

An authority record exists for E. A. Whelan (GB 152 AAR1982), Bob Purdie (GB 152 AAR 0973), Chris Bambery (GB 152 AAR1604), the Fourth International (GB 152 AAR 1627), the International Group (GB 152 AAR1581), the International Socialist Group (GB 152 AAR1580), the International Marxist Group (GB 152 AAR1628), the Socialist Workers Party (GB 152 AAR0723)

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

No appraisal or destruction or scheduling has taken place.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

For further details see the International Marxist Group papers (MSS.128) and the Chris Bambery/International Marxist Group papers (MSS.419). For more information on British Trotskyism see also Colin Barker: International Socialist papers (MSS.152), D.D. Harber papers (MSS.151), Maitland/Sara papers (MSS.15), Harry Wicks papers (MSS.102) and Bob Purdie papers (MSS.149). All these collections are held at the Centre.

The Labour History Archive and Study Centre at the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, holds the papers of the Communist Party of Great Britain and the Labour Party. Both collections include material on the Ultra Left.