Papers of Alexander A. Josey.

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The papers include his correspondence, scripts and broadcasts, research papers, his publications and articles, his personal papers about cycling, also advertisements and technical reports about cycling. Included too are the constitution, rules, agenda and reports of the Road Time Trials Council and its affiliated clubs, 1937-1943, papers of the British League of Racing Cyclists, 1943-1945; Road Racing Council, 1926-1937, and the Road Records Association , 1938-1942; the Women's Road Records Association, 1940, and the Bicycle Polo Association of Great Britain, 1933-1940. The archive contains records about racing events and cyclists, 1895-1942, and papers and publications of many cycling clubs, 1880-1947; catalogues of bicycles and of parts for them, 1897-1938, cycling articles, 1877-1940; press cuttings, scrapbooks, photographs, tours and guides, books and ephemera, 1880-1974.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alexander A. Josey was born c.1910 in Poole, Dorset, where he attended South Road School. He resurrected the Poole Wheelers Club and was its Vice-President. He worked as a journalist on the Poole Herald and the Bournemouth Times before moving to become assistant editor of Cycling under H. H. England, who was editor. He wrote and delivered many wartime broadcasts for the BBC, often of his own personal experiences. He was a keen collector of books and papers of historical interest on cycling. He played bicycle polo and was national secretary of the Road Time Trials Council. He also wrote a popular thriller and the 12th edition of the Cycling Manual and Year Book. From about 1949 he lived in the Far East, Malaysia and Singapore, where he worked as a journalist until at least 1961, when his card describes him as South East Asia correspondent for Reynolds News and Worldwide Press Service.

He was married to Kathleen and lived in Wimbledon.


The catalogue has been arranged in sections lettered A-S.

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

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the National Cycle Archive, 11 April 1994.

Other Finding Aids

A full catalogue of this collection-level description is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom.

Authority records exist for Road Time Trials Council (GB 152 AAR1835), British League of Racing Cyclists (GB 152 AAR0037), Bicycle Polo Association of Great Britain (GB 152 AAR1910), Road Records Association (GB 0152 AAR1912), Women's Road Records Association (GB 152 AAR2159), and the Road Racing Council (GB 152 AAR2158).

Conditions Governing Use

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


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

See other deposits by the National Cycle Archive (MSS.328).