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Ascherson Collection

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0369 ASC
Held at: School of Slavonic and East European Studies
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Full title: Ascherson Collection
Date(s): 1975-1985
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 21 folders, 5 outsize ring binders, 3 ring binders, 2 boxes and 1 envelope
Name of creator(s): Ascherson | Charles Neal | b 1932 | journalist and author
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

(Charles) Neal Ascherson (1932-) was born in Edinburgh and educated at Cambridge. He is a journalist and writer who has written extensively on Eastern Europe, particularly Poland. Ascherson first visited Poland in 1957, to report for the Manchester Guardian and has returned frequently. In 1980-1981 he covered the rise of the Solidarity movement and the subsequent imposition of martial law for The Observer. Ascherson also reported on the "Prague Spring" in Czechoslovakia in 1968. His publications on Eastern European topics have included Polish August (London, 1981), The Struggles for Poland (London, 1987) and Black Sea (London, 1995).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of (Chalrles) Neal Ascherson relating to Eastern Europe, comprising:
files of news cuttings, press releases and other papers mainly re Poland taken from West European, American and Polish sources. Some files are arranged chronologically and others by subject and they document the rise of Solidarity in Poland, 1979-1984, the imposition of martial law and Poland under martial law, papers on the Church in Poland, 1978-1981, the visit of Pope John Paul II to Poland, June 1983, the Polish economy, 1980-1985. Also contains single files on Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia and Eastern Europe in general - arranged by subject.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian and Spanish

System of arrangement:

By country and subject

Conditions governing access:

Unrestricted access. Researchers wishing to consult the archives or seeking further information should contact UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies Library, 16 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Librarian.

Finding aids:

Online catalogue available on the UCL Archives website.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Not known

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Revised by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description ISAD(G), 2nd edition 2000 and National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Revised Feb 2002

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