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Archive Collection description: KLU


Klugmann Collection (1904-1961, mostly 1943-1946)

An online catalogue for this collection is available.

James Klugmann (1912-1977) joined the Communist Party in 1933 while at Cambridge University. In 1935 he gave up an academic career to become Secretary of the World Student Association and travelled widely. During the Second World War he rose to the rank of major and became deputy director of the Yugoslav section in the Special Operations Executive (SOE), based in Cairo and later in Bari, Italy. After the war he was attached to the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) in Yugoslavia. It was during his service in Yugoslavia with the SOE and UNRRA that Klugmann collected the material for this collection. Returning to Britain in 1946 he spent the rest of his life working for the Communist Party. From 1957-1977 he was also editor of "Marxism Today". He also published several books.
Ref: "Bulletin of the Society for the Study of Labour History", no 36, 1978, pp 7-8; Martin, D "The web of disinformation: Churchill's Yugoslav blunder" (San Diego, 1990)


Books and pamphlets, principally produced by Yugoslav partisans and the Communist authorities they established 1943-1945, dealing mainly with political and cultural questions. Many of the books and pamphlets are annotated with Klugmann's name and the place and date of acquisition is noted.

8 boxes

(Language) English & French & (mostly) Serbo-Croat

Unrestricted access

See also: the majority of Klugmann's papers are at the National Museum of Labour History, Manchester (ref: CP/IND/KLUG). The Marx Memorial Library, Marx House, London holds Klugmann's collection of chartist and early radical literature.

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