GLOVER, Reg (1900-1977)

Scope and Content

Papers of engineer and socialist Reg H.Glover, 1962-1973, including typescript and handwritten drafts of the autobiography, Thimble Pie by Glover, n.d.; correspondence to and manuscripts by Glover regarding the Coventry 'Gang' System, the engineering trade, strikes and other matters, 1962-1973.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born, Coventry, 1900; apprenticed to a pharmacist on leaving school; gave up his trade, joined engineering firm; after the war, he took an active part in the Labour movement, and following a period in the car industry he moved to Leicester where he became a machine knitting expert; this gave him the opportunity to travel widely in Europe, but he returned to Coventry in 1936 and became an aircraft fitter; after the Second World War, he became self-employed, but later went back to the engineering industry as an 'ideas man'; wrote on the Labour movement within the engineering industry, producing articles and pamphlets under the pseudonyms Reg Wright and Dwight Rayton, and a play entitled The Gaffer, describing a Coventry strike.


The collection is divided into two sections:

  • GLOVER/1: Thimble Pie
  • GLOVER/2: Other Papers

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Possibly deposited with the papers of Paul Derrick in the 1990s.

Other Finding Aids

Handlist available; ADLIB catalogue

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Stefan Dickers.

Conditions Governing Use

Documents cannot be photocopied at present. Digital photography (without flash) is permitted for research purposes on completion of the Library's Copyright Declaration form and with respect to current UK copyright law.

Related Material

The Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick, holds papers of Reg Glover, c1970.

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