Papers of J.M. Shaftesley

Scope and Content

Working papers, 1950-78, mainly relating to the history of Jews in freemasonry in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; biographical notes on Jews transported to Australia in the nineteenth century.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Maurice Shaftesley (1901-81) was educated at Salford Grammar School, Manchester School of Art and London University. Between 1924 and 1926 he worked on the technical staff of Allied Newspapers, on the MANCHESTER GUARDIAN, 1926-36, and was a lecturer in the Department of Printing Technology, Manchester College of Technology, 1933-6. He was assistant editor of the JEWISH CHRONICLE, 1937-46, and editor, 1946-58. Shaftesley was a member of the council of the Friends of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, chairman of the Zangwill Centenary Committee, 1964, and of the Israel Zangwill Fellowship. He was also honorary secretary, 1967-8, and chairman, 1973-6, of the Society of Indexers. Shaftesley was a departmental editor and contributor to the ENCYCLOPAEDIA JUDAICA, 1966-72. He was awarded an OBE in 1956.

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MS 225 contains his papers as editor of the JEWISH CHRONICLE.