Papers of Steve Jefferys [International Socialism Group / Socialist Workers Party]

Scope and Content


International Socialism Group / Socialist Workers' Party: internal papers, 1966-1981; documents re industrial organisation and Rank and File, 1968-1981; Glasgow North Branch minutes, 1969-71; subject files, c1969-1980; publications, 1968-1982.

Papers re student politics at LSE, 1963-[1970?] (mostly 1965-1967).

Documents re Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (and predecessors), 1966-1980.

Various publications, 1959-1980.

Administrative / Biographical History

Steve Jefferys was an undergraduate at the London School of Economics (LSE) between 1965-8, where he was a leading student activist. After graduating in 1968, he worked as a plant operator at Chrysler Scotland between 1969-1972 (where he was also an Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (AUEW) shop steward), and later worked as a journalist in Glasgow and London. He joined the International Socialists (IS) in 1968 and was elected to the National Committee in 1970. He acted as full-time Industrial Organiser for IS (later the Socialist Workers' Party) between 1974-79.

In 1980 Jefferys began his PhD at the University of Warwick on the unionisation of the Chrysler Dodge Main plant in the USA (completed in 1984); and has subsequently worked as an academic at several English universities, most recently (2009) at London Metropolitan University.

Reference: biographical information at (accessed 2009).

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

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Custodial History

The collection was deposited with the Centre by Steve Jefferys in 1982.