Ron Heisler Collection

Scope and Content

Documents and ephemera collected by Heisler. Includes correspondence, papers of the Glasgow Leninist League, c1937-1942; annual conference papers of the Socialist Labour League 1967-8; scrapbook of cartoons, press-cuttings relating to 1848 revolutions; Revolutionary Communist Party papers on theory of the state (by Ted Grant), Ireland, countries in the buffer zone, c1946-c1948; Jock Haston correspondence; notes on C.L.R. James; notes on Joe Thomas, c1960; memoir of Jack Selwood; Czech Trotskyism; notes by Ernest Rogers about "work struggles in Glasgow, 1935", correspondence; notes on Hugo Oehler by Ernest Rogers; Spanish Civil War ration coupons; report on Iran by Ted Crawford, 2008; Clyde Apprentices' Committee newsletter, "The Apprentice Mag", 1941 March; Hugh Esson memoir; paper on Irish Labour Party, 1985; photographs of Che Guevara. Includes letter from Erskine Caldwell to J. G. Cadogan about the arrival of the book, 1943 Dec: The Coster, organ of the Costermongers’ Federation of Great Britain, 1901 January 5th; postcards of Debden fire, 1907 March; delegate’s card for Special Party Conference, London Labour Party, 1922 Jan; handwritten resolutions for Communist Party of Great Britain (?) conference, c1937; obituary of Nicolas Krasso and memoir by Ron Heisler; Municipal Reform leaflet re LCC elections from the Chamber of Commerce, undated (c1910); letters from Mary Impey, John Wallis, Mary Evans (?), July-August 1779, subjects include Meeting for the Sufferings; letter Owen Gager, editor of Dispute, to the editor of International Socialism, c1970; Stoke Newington Trades Council and Labour Party reports from women’s sections, 1943-1947; postcards of Sidney Street siege, 1911, Walter Hudson MP; photograph of street scene St. Ives, Cornwall c1900; letter from Loufallah Soliman to “Alex”, 1945 Nov; The Revolution: official organ of the Socialist School (published by the Socialist School, Glasgow), June-July 1917; The Workers’ Republic, 1915 May; The Masses of India, 1925 Nov; letters to Harold Heskop, 1954-1968, correspondents include Joan Fraser, Victor Collins (Lord Stonham) on the Theft Bill, 1968 (and the Labour Government’s prospects).

Administrative / Biographical History

Ronald Heisler started collecting books and pamphlets in 1948.

Access Information

Open for research although access to individual files might be restricted by the Freedom of Information Act. At least 24 hours notice should be given.

Other Finding Aids

Listed to file level online,


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