• Title
    Baruch Hirson papers
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  • Creator
    Hirson, Baruch (1921-1999) historian and South African political activistMore Info on Creator
  • Scope and Content
    Papers of and collected by Baruch Hirson on South African politics, history, trade unions and social conditions; also comprising papers and correspondence used in Hirson's research. Topics include Workers' International League, Communist Party of South Africa, Workers' Party, Trotskyism in South Africa, Pan-Africanist Congress of Azania, Ruth and Amy Schechter, Cecil Frank Glass, David Ivon Jones, African Peoples Organisation, Workers Dreadnought, women's suffrage movement in South Africa, South Africa and the First World War, Mary Fitzgerald, miners in South Africa (especially strike of 1946), migrant labour in South Africa, University of Bradford School of Peace Studies, South African Coloured Peoples Congress, Searchlight South Africa correspondence and accounts (c1988-c1992), Jack Halpern draft articles and correspondence (1956-1960). Also transcripts of interviews including James Philips, Lewis Nkosi, Louis Kreel, E. J. Burford, Eli Wienberg, Sam and Sarah Woolf, Dan Mokanyana, Pauline Podbury, Anne Bloch, M. B. Yengwa, Eileen Jaffe, John Gaetsewe, Jack Hodgson (June 1977), Guy Routh, and Joan Robinson/Schedrin., Subjects also include Soweto riots, 1976; Soweto students representative council, 1976; Workers Organisation for Socialist Action; Congress of Peoples against Imperialism, c1949-c1959; allegations of torture by the French in Algeria, c1958.
  • Conditions of access
    Open for research although at least 24 hours notice before a research visit. However, access to individual items in archival collections may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Extent
    53 boxes (38 series)
  • Language
    English, Hebrew, Xhosa, Dutch, Afrikaans, French
  • System of Arrangement
    Papers are arranged in 38 series based on Hirson's filing system and headings used in the second donation from Yael Hirson.
  • Finding aids
    Handlist for series 1-2 available in the library. Descriptions to file and item level for series 1-11, 13 and part of 14 available on this electronic catalogue. A pdf of the hard-copy version of this catalogue is attached to this description. Later deposits have been listed. A pdf of this finding aid (reference ICS32 B) is also attached to this description.
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  • Related
    University of Cape Town: Students' Representative Council papers on South African disturbances, 1976 (ICS81); There are also several other collections at the library given or deposited by Baruch Hirson, including the papers of H M Basner (ICS88); A L Saffery (ICS69); Josie Palmer (ICS57); and Neil Alcock (ICS3)
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