George Edward Hodgkinson Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Letters to his first wife, written from Ruskin College, Oxford, 1919-20 ; miscellaneous items, 1874-1987.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Hodgkinson (1893-1986) was born in Nottingham and moved to Coventry in 1914, working at Daimler, where he became a pioneer shop steward. After studying at Oxford during 1919-20, he became a full-time Labour Party agent in 1923, and was subsequently councillor, mayor and alderman, remaining active in civic affairs to the end of his life. He published his autobiography, Sent to Coventry, in 1970, and selected extracts from his correspondence to his wife, whilst studying at Ruskin College, were published as A Shop Steward at Oxford (1980).

Reference: Finding aid for MSS.23.

Conditions Governing Access

Access : Open

Archivist's Note

Further records relating to George Hodgkinson can be found at Coventry City Record Office. The Centre also holds some correspondence between Hodgkinson and Dr. David Sutton, re: Labour policy (MSS.252) Authority files exist for George Hodgkinson (GB 152 AAR0947) and Dr. David Sutton (GBR 0152 AAR0948).

Custodial History

The collection was donated to the Centre in 1974.


Accruals :

  • November 1976, Tape recorded interviews with Hodgkinson;
  • March 1980, Letters written by Hodgkinson to his wife, from Ruskin College, Oxford.

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