Subject files including the following: anti-semitism, 1922-1949; Jewish history, drafts of articles by Rollin, circa 1922-1972; Jewish People's Council against Fascism and Anti-Semitism, 1936-1941; Paole Zion, 1934-1971; tailoring trade unions, 1914-1971; Workers' Circle Friendly Society, 1929-1972. Publications including labour, Zionist journals, 1884-1971; press-cuttings, 1916-1972; photographs, circa 1900-1964.
Papers of Aaron Rapoport Rollin (1885-1972), trade unionist and Jewish activist
Scope and Content
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 left London for 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 became 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 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).
This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/using/
This collection was deposited in the Centre by Dr. Henry Rollin in 1982.
Other Finding Aids
Link to full catalogue: http://mrc-catalogue.warwick.ac.uk/records/ROL
Conditions Governing Use
There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.
This collection has been weeded for duplicates.
Further deposits are not expected.