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S. A. Rochlin collection of South African political and trade union organizations
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- Textual record
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Compiled by S.A. Rochlin
- Source of title proper: Title based on the content of the collection and the name of its collector.
- Variations in title: The collection was identified by Frank Thorold Booksellers as the Rochlin collection relating to left wing political movements in S. Africa.
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1912-1960, predominant 1920-1950 (Creation)
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0.73 m of textual records
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Archival description area
The material was moved to the private home of an unnamed individual affiliated with the South African Jewish Board of Deputies after Rochlin’s death in 1961. It is likely that some of this material was then offered to Frank Thorold Booksellers in Johannesburg. The collection was purchased at a cost of £250 from Frank Thorold Booksellers by Donald Savage in 1965 for the Vanier Library at Loyola College, which merged with Concordia University in 1974.
Scope and content
This collection contains documents collected by S.A. Rochlin in the course of his activities as a historian, archivist, and researcher. The documents in this collection were mainly created in South Africa between 1912 and 1960. This collection contains the documents of communist and labor organizations active in South Africa during the 1920s through the 1940s, including the Communist Party of South Africa, United Communist Party, South African Labour Party, Industrial Socialist League, South African Trades Union Congress, and South African Association of Employees Organizations. This collection also contains the papers of Cecil Frank Glass, a member of the Industrial Socialist League in Cape Town and the Communist Party of South Africa. C.F. Glass’s documents were given to Rochlin around 1939 by Glass’ first wife Fanny Klenerman.
Collection consists of 607 documents, including 90 pamphlets, 46 newspaper or periodical titles, and folders containing 471 miscellaneous documents, including minutes, accounts, flyers, news clippings, correspondence, and handbills. Many of the documents in this collection are unique. As a result of their ephemeral nature it is unlikely that they are to be found elsewhere.
This collection is organized according to the following series:
C009/B Periodicals and newspapers
C009/D Microfilm reels
Documents are extremely fragile. Many records are yellowed and faded. Other records are torn, discolored, and foxing. Brittle documents are cracked and flaking.
Immediate source of acquisition
Purchased for the Vanier Library by Donald Savage in 1965.
Original order of the material has been maintained.
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Reproduction for scholarly purposes is permitted.
Use of material in a publication is only possible with the authorization of the copyright owner.
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No further accruals expected.
Documents were placed in acid-free file folders, envelopes, and archival quality boxes.
Copyright held by the creator(s).
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