David Michaelson Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Issues of engineering journal New Propeller/Metal Worker, 1944-63; subject files re: AUEW and CPGB, 1930s-1960s; printed and unpublished novels, stories and plays by Michaelson.

Administrative / Biographical History

David Michaelson (1912-1975) was born in Edinburgh, but came to London in his teens. There he took up employment in the engineering industry and joined the Communist Party. He was shop stewards' convenor at the Lagonda Works, Staines, during the Second World War. At this time he became a member of the Engineering and Allied Trades Shop Stewards National Council, contributing to its official organ, The New Propellor (later re-titled The Metal Worker). An activist in the forefront of the shop stewards' movement, Michaelson became editor of The Metal Worker in 1953, remaining in that capacity until it ceased publication in 1963. He stood for Parliament as the Communist candidate for West Willesden in 1950. In addition to his journalistic output, Michaelson was the author of numerous short stories and poems, leaving many unfinished drafts at his death.

Reference: Finding aid for MSS.233.

Conditions Governing Access

Political papers are open. For the literary and personal papers, please consult the archivist.

Archivist's Note

The centre also holds records relating to the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (MSS.259) Authority files exist for David Michaelson (GB 152 AAR0966) and the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (GBR 0152 AAR0512).

Custodial History

The collection was deposited with the Centre in 1982 by David Michaelson's son, Mr. John Michaelson.

Personal Names