National Council of Labour Colleges

Scope and Content

Constitution of the National Council of Labour Colleges; minutes of the conference on Class Co-ordination; papers of the executive committee, the annual conference, the annual meeting, and the publication sub-committee; and annual reports by the secretary and the executive sub-committee on the financing and running of the colleges and classes.

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Council of Labour Colleges was set up for "the education of the workers from the working class point of view, through the medium of Colleges, classes and public lectures; the co-ordination and extension of this independent working-class educational work; the issuing of leaflets, syllabuses, etc, for the assistance of class tutors and students". Originally the colleges were run by the Plebs Movement but they came to be run by the Unions and affiliated to the Labour Party. In addition, the London College was run by national bodies, whilst the provincial classes were controlled by union branches. This collection appears to be a second set of minutes, kept by J P M Millar, the General Secretary.


This collection is arranged chronologically in 41 volumes, all of which contain a mixture of minutes and other papers from the Annual Meeting, Annual Conference, Executive Committee and Executive Subcommittee.

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Other Finding Aids

Printed handlist and online catalogue available.

Archivist's Note

Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on May 29, 2002

Separated Material

Additional material relating to the NCLC Collection is deposited in the National Library of Scotland.

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