Paul Tofahrn Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Papers re the International Transport Workers' Federation during Second World War, and other aspects of international trade unionism, 1913-1979; personalia.

Administrative / Biographical History

Paul Tofahrn (1901-1979), the trade unionist held official posts in the Belgian Railwaymen's Union; the International Transport Workers' Federation (as Assistant Railwayman's Secretary, 1928-31); and the Food Workers' International. He later became General Secretary of the Public Services International, 1956-67. Resident in England from 1940, Tofahrn was also a member of the Belgian Labour Party, the Fabian Society, the Railway Development Society and the Pedestrian's Association for Road Safety.

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

Conditions Governing Access


Archivist's Note

The Centre also holds records relating to the International Transport Workers' Federation (MSS.159). An authority file exists for Paul Tofahrn (GB 152 AAR0991).

Custodial History

The collection was deposited with the Centre in 1982 by Mrs. Paul Tofahrn and her daughter.


  • February 1999, Typescript memoir of Tofahrn.

Personal Names