The Crowther Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises pamphlets, ephemera and letters on a wide range of socialist matters. From Robert Blatchford and the Clarion movement to the Labour Church and Socialist Sunday Schools. Other topics include Victor Grayson, Socialist MP for the Colne Valley; the Rochdale Pioneers and the Cooperative movement; the Independent Labour Party (I.L.P); the Labour Party; women's suffrage and the Pankhursts.

The collection also includes a number of press cuttings on the First World War and pamphlets and material relating to Conscientious Objectors. There are also press cuttings and material on the Second World War. The Peace movement is represented with letters, ephemera and pamphlets on the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (C.N.D).

Part of the collection (early socialist material) had been arranged and indexed alphabetically by subject, prior to deposit. The original order has been retained where possible and cross-references to original numbering supplied.

Since the first index was produced two more boxes of Crowther material were discovered this has been listed as additional material.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Archive does not have any biographical information on the Crowther family.

Arrangement

Part of the collection (early socialist material) had been arranged and indexed alphabetically by subject, prior to deposit. The original order has been retained where possible and cross references to original numbering supplied.

Conditions Governing Access

Access by appointment.

Acquisition Information

The Crowther family gave the collection to the Labour History Archive and Study Centre in 1991.

Note

Collection level description created for the Archives Hub by Janette Martin.

Other Finding Aids

The collection arrived with a subject index to the early socialist material. A more detailed finding aid is available in the search room at the Labour History Archive and Study Centre

Conditions Governing Use

Standard reprography conditions apply and are available on request from the archive.

Appraisal Information

No appraisal, destruction, or scheduling has taken place

Custodial History

This is a personal collection of letters, ephemera and pamphlets.

Accruals

Accruals are not expected.

Related Material

The People's History Museum also holds objects and ephemera donated by theCrowther family [ref. NMLH.2001.15.1-21]

The subjects covered by the Crowther collection are found more generally in the collections held at the Labour History Archive and Study Centre.