Special and Named Printed Collections


THOMAS MURRAY COLLECTION This collection of over 600 printed items reflects Thomas Murray's (1900-1983) interest in international socialism during his lifetime. It contains material dating from 1915 to 1975, but the bulk dates from the peak of the communist movement - the 1930s to the 1950s. Included are a large number of pamphlets, leaflets, books and ephemera from the period of the Spanish Civil War, during which Murray served on the Republican side as a political commissar in the International Brigade. There are over 30 issues of the 'Volunteer for Liberty', the periodical founded by the Brigade. Much of the material is from Catalonia, including calendars and books of nursery rhymes with clear political messages. There are also government-sponsored publications from China, Albania, Vietnam and the Soviet Union, as well as pamphlets demonstrating Murray's interest in nationalism and socialism in Ireland and Scotland. Thomas Murray was born in Aberdeenshire in 1900. In his youth he joined the International Labour Party, later the Communist Party. He served as a town councillor in Edinburgh for many years. The Library also holds personal and business papers and correspondence relating to Murray and his involvement in the trade union movement. Both the printed and the manuscript material (Acc.9083) have been on deposit in the National Library since 1983.

The collection is uncatalogued. An inventory is available on request.

Shelfmark: TMur.

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