Document Reference NumberMS 81
TitlePolitical memorabilia collected by Archibald Gorrie (c. 1885-1941), of Leicester
DescriptionComprises 2 scrapbooks, a box of loose papers and 9 mounted posters. See also SCM 06640 [Education Act 1902]: [a scrapbook of news-cuttings, manuscript letters etc. relating to passive resistance to the Education Act 1902] compiled by P.F. Sparke Evans.

Larger Scrapbook: (plain cover) 1889-1900, consisting of press cuttings, posters, handbills, circulars, invitations, etc. (some loosely inserted), concerning the Leicester Radical Club, the Leicester branch of the Socialist League (of which Gorrie was a founder-member), the Leicester Christian Socialist Society, the Leicester Socialist and Anarchist Society, the Leicester Anarchists-Socialists, the Leicester Anarchists-Communists, the Leicester Anarchists' group, the Leicester branch of the Christian Social Union, the Leicester branch of the Independent Labour Party, the Leicester Trades Council, the Midlands Counties Socialist Federation, the Midland District Council of the Social-Democratic Foundation, etc. Among the speakers at meetings were Prince Kropotkin, Bernard Shaw, Sidney Webb, John Burns, Annie Besant, representatives of striking miners and dockers, and leading Leicester socialists. Also includes manuscript notes by Gorrie of the first two meetings of the Leicester branch of the Socialist League, 11 and 18 October 1889.
Smaller scrapbook: (inscribed "Ledger"), c.1889-1894, containing press cuttings of letters, mainly to Leicester newspapers, on Anarchism, Socialism, labour problems, social welfare etc. Partially indexed, but a number of the pages containing items referred to have been torn out.
Box: containing a bundle of papers relating to Gorrie's involvement with the Leicester Passive Resisters' League and the Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Citizens' League, 1902-1909, including summonses for non-payment of rates levied under the Education Act of 1902, receipts for goods distrained, notices of sales of distrained goods, tickets for and reports of meetings, and a few items of correspondence.
Mounted posters: 8 advertising meetings in Leicester, 1889-1894, organised by the Leicester Anarchist and Anarchist-Communist groups, the Leicester branch of the Socialist League, and the Dock Labourers' Strike Relief Fund; 1 advertising a meeting in Walsall of the Walsall Anarchists, 1894. The posters were found loose in the Larger Scrapbook and mounted on card by the University of Sussex for the Hammersmith Bookshop, prior to the sale of the material to Leicester.
Physical DescriptionScrapbook: 275 x 220 mm; small scrapbook: 280 x 160 mm.
AdminHistoryArchibald Gorrie (1885-1941) was a founder member of the Socialist League and involved with the Leicester Passive Resisters' League and the Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Citizens' League. He was also an Alderman of Leicester and Hon. Treasurer of the City of Leicester Labour Party.
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