Institute of Race Relations Archive

Scope and Content

The collection contains material on the Institute's corporate management including finance and meeting minutes, correspondence, papers re members, press releases and newspaper articles, reports and material re Towards Racial Justice and "Race Today". The collection is primarily original paper-based material with some paper-based facsimiles (mainly in the newspapers).

See our online catalogue for further details

Administrative / Biographical History

The Institute of Race Relations was founded in 1958. Its focus was originally research and publication of race relations material. This changed focus in 1972 to become more focused on responding to research needs of Black communities and current racism in Britain , both social and institutional. It published "Race and Class" journal and was affiliated with the Towards Racial Justice publication "Race Today".


The material is arranged into 9 series:

  • corporate management
  • finance and fundraising
  • meeting minutes
  • reports
  • correspondence
  • papers re members
  • press releases
  • newspaper clippings
  • Towards Racial Justice/Race Today

Within these series, the collection is arranged mainly chronologically.

Access Information

24 hours notice is required to view this collection. Material will then be accessible through Manchester Central Library Search Room, Manchester Central Library, St Peters Square, Manchester, M2 5PD. To access this collection please: Contact the archive

Some material is access restricted consult the Race Relations Research Centre for access.

Acquisition Information

Much of this material was donated as part of the Resource Centre's acquisition of the Commission for Racial Equality's library. Additional material comes from Lou Kushnick and other unknown sources.

Conditions Governing Use

Please consult the Race Relations research centre for more details

Related Material

Lou Kushnick material, Darcus Howe material, Robert Moore archive

Personal Names