Papers of Aaron Rapoport Rollin

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Papers regarding his work as an official of the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers, 1934-51; correspondence and publications relating to Jewish history especially labour history. Subject files also include: personal correspondence, 1907-1972; Jewish Labour Council, 1935-1936.

Administrative / Biographical History

Aaron Rapoport (1885-1972) was born in Latvia, then part of Tsarist Russia, in 1885 and arrived in England in 1904. He later added the surname Rollin. Rollin moved to Glasgow in 1906 and became the Glasgow branch secretary of the Amalgamated Jewish Tailors', Machinists' and Pressers' Trade Union in 1913. Rollin moved to Leeds in 1916 to be secretary of the Leeds no. 2 branch. He lived in Leeds until 1934 when he moved south to become the London organizer of the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers. He remained as an official with the union until his retirement in 1951. Rollin was also notable for his involvement in raising awareness of Fascist activities in the East End of London in the late 1930s and in co-ordinating a response by Jewish organisations. He was keenly interested and active in Jewish historiography, especially labour history and collected the papers of William Wess (1861-1946), the anarchist, socialist and labour organiser, which form a separate part of the Rollin collection.

Reference: Anne Kershen, Uniting the Tailors: trade unionism amongst the tailors of London and Leeds, 1870-1939 (London, 1995).


The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited by Dr. Henry Rollin in 1982.

Other Finding Aids

The Rollin collection is yet to be fully catalogued. A collection level description has also been compiled for the Wess papers (reference MSS.240W).

An authority record exists for Aaron Rollin (GB 152 AAR0977) and for William Wess (GB 152 AAR0978).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

No destruction or weeding has taken place.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Centre also holds records relating to the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers (MSS.192/TGW).