Ron Heisler collection

Scope and Content

Includes autobiography, various writings by Samuel Watson (1839-1921); Co-operative National Guild register of members Leeds and Middlesbrough, 1895-1898; scrapbook of cuttings on factory Acts, 1897-1899; Stoke Newington and Hackney Labour Party Lea Bridge Ward minutes, 1952-1965; scrapbook of anti-war, socialist poetry, c1900-1919; letter to Ernest Rogers from Raya Dunayevskaya asking for Revolt to be sent to her, 1959 February 11; letters by M. Cole regarding Joe Thomas, Bert Aylward and Harry Constable, c1946-1951; undated letter from Gerry Healy to "Alex" about Leicester activism; correspondence of Clarence Chrysostom with Sri Lanka Trotskyists regarding Trotskyist activity in Sri Lanka, c1974-1999; trade union rules, pamphlets, membership cards 1844-1951. Includes rules of the Journeyman Carvers' Trade Society, 1866; trade union pamphlets including Port Workers! Unite! [Port Workers' Unity Movement, c1932]; The Blockade of Britain, evidence of Robert Williams, secretary of the National Transport Workers' Federation, 1916 October; To the workingmen of America [International Working People's Association, 1883 October], The farm worker – his past and future [National Union of Agricultural Workers, c1921]; Trade Unionism at the Cross Roads by W. McLaine [British Socialist Party, 1917 October]; Civil Servants and Politics: the Masterman Report Exposed (Civil Service Branch of the National Council for Civil Liberties, c1950); Trade Unionism in Wartime by G.D.H. Cole and W. Mellor (Herald, 1915); Union-smashing by law and The Government's Attack on Trade Union Law by Arthur Henderson [Trade Union Defence Committee, c.1927]; The Civil Servant's Share of National Income by G.D. Rokeling (Institute of Professional Civil Servants, 1931); Changes in Wages in the Durham Coal Trade, 1871-1924 [Joint Committee Department, Durham Miners' Association, 1924]; Derby Silk Strike – centenary celebrations, 1834-1934 [Derby Trades Council, 1934]; Airport Workers' Case (published by the Aircraft Shop Stewards' National Council, c1935); The Secret History of the Great Strike and the Blackleg State [reprinted from Lansbury's Labour Weekly, 1926]; The Workers' Committee – an outline of its principles and structure by J. T. Murphy, published by the Sheffield Workers' Committee (1917); leaflets including To the working class [Coventry Unemployed Workers' Committee, October 1920; Electrical Trade Union (London Central Committee) re cinema strike to gain union recognition (undated). Independent Order of Rechabites Salford Unity membership certificate, c1838; "Improvement in Weights and Measures" and "Search-Light", cartoons by H. Humphrey, 1798; Socialistische Mitteilungen: news for German socialists in Britain, numbers 37-38 (1942 May-June), 58 (January 1944); Ancient Order of Foresters Friendly Society membership certificate, 1897

Administrative / Biographical History

Ronald Heisler started collecting books and pamphlets in 1948.

Access Information

Open for research although 24 hours notice should be given before a research visit.

Other Finding Aids

Box listed to file-level. A pdf version is attached to this description:

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Stacey Anderson (09/02/22).

Related Material

See also other Ron Heisler collections (refs. MS1089, MS1175, MS1186. MS1198).