Comintern Papers (Irish Labour Movement Papers) Queen's University Belfast
Collection

Identifier

MS57

Description

This collection comprises copies of files held in the Russian Archive for Social and Political History (RGASPI), Moscow. The files pertain to the Irish labour movement and the history of Communism in Ireland, comprising documents from the departments and standing committees of the Executive Committee Communist International (ECCI) including speeches, reports, letters, agendas, fliers, handwritten notes, lists, telegrams, minutes and posters. The papers provide considerable insight into the personalities, organisation and policy development of Irish Communism during the 1920s/1930s. Included in the collection are ten microfilms (representing approximately 4,000 documents) detailing contacts between the Communist International and Irish groups between 1919 and 1943. All materials in the collection were selected and copied in 1995.

Strengths

This collection has a particular emphasis on Ireland and contains copies of a variety of material; speeches, reports, letters, agendas, fliers, handwritten notes, lists, telegrams, minutes and posters; these provide insight into Irish Communism in Ireland in the 1920s/1930s. These materials are unique outside Russia.

Physical Characteristics

8 archive boxes

Languages

English;German;Russian

Collection Type

Collection.Archive.Text.Special

Accrual

Policy: Closed   Method: Donation;   Periodicity: Closed

Access

The collection is available for reference only under supervised access in the Special Collections Reading Room at The McClay Library. Further information is available here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/specialcollections 

Visitor access to The McClay Library

Legal Status

Queen’s University Belfast has legal ownership of this collection; please consult with staff as to matters of copyright and permission to publish.

Description or Catalogue

Saothar: Journal of the Irish Labour History Society; number 21, 1996
Sources on Ireland and the Communist International, 1920-1943 by Dr Barry McLoughlin and Dr Emmet O’Connor; p.101-107

Comintern Papers listing held at Queen's University Belfast: http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/InformationServices/TheLibrary/SpecialCollections/Manuscripts/#d.en.607209

Manuscripts Webpage

Further background information is available from: 
http://www.loc.gov/rr/european/comintern/comintern-project.html

Comintern Electronic Archives http://www.comintern-online.com/

Collector

Name

McLoughlin, Finbarr, Dr

Role

Academic

History



Collector

Name

Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History (RGASPI)

Role

State Archive

History

Some background information is available here: http://www.comintern-online.com/rgaspi.html



Collector

Name

O'Connor, Emmet, Dr.

Role

Academic

History



Location

Name

Queen's University Belfast

Address

The McClay Library
10 College Park
Belfast

BT7 1LP

Website

http://www.qub.ac.uk/lib

Access Control

The McClay Library operates a controlled entry system.  Members are required to use their Queen’s staff, student or library card to obtain admission. 

Information for visitor access to The McClay Library for researchers not affiliated with Queen's is available from the Library website at http://www.qub.ac.uk/lib

Visitor access to Special Collections & Archives is detailed here http://www.qub.ac.uk/specialcollections

Administrator Role

Librarian

Phone

00442890976333

Email

rascal@qub.ac.uk

Owner

Role

Academic Institution

Telephone

00442890976333

Email

specialcollections@qub.ac.uk

History

Queen's University Belfast was formerly established as 'Queen's College, Belfast' by Queen Victoria in 1845 as one of a network of three Queen's Colleges in Ireland alongside Cork and Galway. It was raised to the status of a full university in 1908 with its own Charter and Statutes. When Queen's College first opened its doors in 1849, there were 20 professors and 90 matriculated students all based in the main Lanyon building off University Road, Belfast. Since then, the University has grown considerably both in reputation and stature reflecting its status as one of the oldest universities in the UK. Now catering to some 1,300 academics and 17,000 full and part-time students, the University offers courses and research opportunities in Agriculture & Food Science, Arts, Economics & Social Sciences, Medicine & Health Sciences, Science, Engineering, Education, Law and Theology based in centres within several miles of the original site, as well as a Marine Laboratory at Portaferry, a campus at Armagh City and outreach centres in Omagh and Newcastle and a nursing campus at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry. Notable persons to have come through Queen’s doors include Seamus Heaney, a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland and senior officer at Queen's, David Trimble, a former member of teaching staff and a joint recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace and actor Liam Neeson.