Papers of Professor Hugh Clegg

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Material relating to the Devlin Committee of Inquiry into the Docks Industry, 1964-5; material relating to the Royal Commission on Trade Unions and Employer' Associations (Donovan Commission); material relating to the boot and shoe industry, 1892-1951; research papers of Maurice Bryant, on the history of labour in Admiralty dockyards, 1879-1953; South Wales Miners' Federation Unofficial Reform Committee scheme, 1912; material relating to Guild Socialism and industrial relations, 1916-1922; National Federation of General Workers, annual reports, 1918-1922; miscellaneous material relating to the National Union of General and Municipal Workers, 1942-1969; National Union of Mineworkers, South Wales area, minutes, 1956; In memoriam card attacking carpenters and joiners of Swansea who broke with other unions in dispute, 1901; miscellaneous research papers, 1922-1978; video interview, 1990; Plebs League material including Plebs Magazine, 1909-1916 and printed materials. The Plebs League was formed in 1909 to bring about a definite connection between Ruskin College and the Labour Movement. It soon became clear that this objective would not be met and therefore the league decided to form its own Central Labour College in Oxford. It moved its support behind this college and promoted the idea of similar colleges elsewhere in the country.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1920. Professor of Industrial Relations, Warwick University, 1967-83; Emeritus Professor, 1983-95; member, Royal Commission on Trades Unions and Employers' Associations, 1965-68; Committee of Enquiry into Port Transport Industry, 1964-65; Committee of Inquiry into Seamen's Dispute, 1966-67; National Board for Prices and Incomes, 1966-67; Committee of Inquiry into Local Authorities Manual Workers' Pay Dispute, 1970. Professor Clegg died in 1995.

Reference: Chris Cook, Jane Leonard and Peter Leese, Sources in Contemporary British History 2: Individuals(Longman, 1994).


The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

The initial deposit was made by Professor Clegg in 1974. Further deposits were made in 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1995.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued by Richard Storey in 1975 and 1992. A copy of this catalogue is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.

Authority records exist for Professor Clegg (GB 152 AAR0802), and for the Plebs League (GB 152 AAR0017), the Devlin Committee (GB 152 AAR1575), the Donovan Commission (GB 152 AAR1903), the South Wales Miners' Federation (GB 152 AAR1651), the National Union of General Workers (GB 152 AAR0868), the National Union of Mineworkers (GB 152 AAR1304), the National Union of Boot and Shoe Operatives (GB 152 AAR1315) and the National Union of General and Municipal Workers (GB 152 AAR0866).

Conditions Governing Use

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

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Centre also holds records relating to Professor Clegg's work on the National Board for Prices and Incomes (MSS.35).