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Miners's Delegation Collection

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0369 MIN
Held at: School of Slavonic and East European Studies
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Full title: Miners's Delegation Collection
Date(s): 1926
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 1 photograph album containing 52 photographs
Name of creator(s): British Miners' Delegation to the USSR
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The album in this collection depicts a British Miners' Delegation on a visit to the USSR hosted by Soviet miners that took place between August and Octber 1926. The delegation was led by the secretary of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain, A J Cook. The album was originally in the possession of H C Stevens, a translator who was part of the British Delegation. The timing of the visit is significant as 1926 was the year of the British General Strike in which miners played an important role. The General Strike itself began and ended in May but the miners began their strike in late April and did not return to work until November. Therefore this visit to the USSR was happening at a very crucial time in labour relations and one in which the issue of British trade union relations with the Soviet Union was very sensitive, particularly since there had been controversy relating to Soviet contributions to strike funds.


Scope and content/abstract:

Album of photographs showing the British Miners' Delegation on a tour of the Soviet Union hosted by the Miners' Union of the USSR, 1926, given to the British Delegation as a gift from the Soviet Delegation. The photographs show the Delegation in Leningrad, Moscow, Tutla, Kharkov, Artemovsk, Krasnogorsk, Shterovka, Gorlovka, Skakhta, Rostov, Kislovodsk, Grosny and Baku.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

One volume

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 (SSEES) 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.

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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 Jan 2003

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