Rowland Barrett Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

MS. autobiography; correspondence files; press-cuttings, 1911-49

Administrative / Biographical History

Rowland Barrett began his working life as an upholsterer, but took up journalism in 1908, as editor of the Coventry Sentinel. From 1915 to 1923 he was a commercial representative in the north east; in the latter year he purchased a small-holding near Dartmouth, which he ran as a holiday camp for socialists. Converted to socialism in 1894, he was a lifelong campaigner and during his later years he was active on behalf of the NUAW and the Labour Party, in Devon and elsewhere.

Reference: Entry on Barrett by Richard Storey, Dictionary of Labour Biography, Vol. 4 (London, 1977)

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Archivist's Note

Other material relating to the Coventry Sentinel can be found at Coventry Reference Library. An authority file exists for Barrett (GB 152 AAR0734).

Custodial History

The collection was donated to the Centre by Colin Barrett, great-nephew of Rowland Barrett, in 1975.

Personal Names