Papers of the Society for the Furtherance of Critical Philosophy

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The papers relate to the move of the school established by the Society from Denmark (where it had sought refuge) to England, to its financial and practical affairs during the Second World War and its re-registration as an educational trust. Much of the correspondence is with the secretary and trustee of the society, G.F. Green. Other correspondence is with the philosopher Leonard Nelson and the pedagogue, Minna Specht.

The collection comprises accounts and balance sheets, 1941-1976; correspondence, 1941-1949; internment papers, 1940-1941; files relating to repayment of loans, 1940-1961.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Society for the Furtherance of Critical Philosophy was established to promote the ideas of Leonard Nelson. The secretary and trustee was George F. Green, who was general secretary of the Civil Service Clerical Association.

Reference: Accession file for MSS.173.


The papers of the Society for the Furtherance of Critical Philosophy form part of the Socialist Vanguard Archive (MSS.173).

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 in the Centre in 1986.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue to file level is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom.

An authority record exists for Society for the Furtherance of Critical Philosophy (GB 152 AAR2287).

Conditions Governing Use

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

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Modern Records Centre also holds papers of the Socialist Vanguard at MSS.173