Common (Jack) Archive

Scope and Content

The papers of Jack Common (1900-1968) are a rich resource for those interested in the history of this talented Tyneside-born writer. They include published and unpublished typescripts and manuscripts of his work, including Kiddar's Luck, his fictionalised childhood autobiography, published in 1951. There are also Common's diaries, notebooks, research notes, news cuttings, correspondence and photographs.

The papers also include copies of articles and draft articles for his contribution to the socialist journals The Adelphi and New Britain. Correspondence to Jack Common includes letters from his friends George Orwell, E.M. Forster, Dorothy and Max Plowman, Richard and John Middleton Murry, Thomas McCullough and Connie Common, Jack's second wife. There is also correspondence from various publishers as well as from the BBC and Associated British Picture Corporation.

Administrative / Biographical History

Jack Common (1903 - 1968) was a British socialist, essayist and novelist.


The history of the arrangement of this collection is unknown. At some point the correspondence files appear to have been re-ordered and put into alphabetical order.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Purchased by Newcastle University in 1974 from Mrs Connie Common (Jack Common's widow).

Archivist's Note

This EAD description created 9/28/2018.

Conditions Governing Use

UK copyright law applies


No further accruals are expected.