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Benson Collection

500 items (dispersed).

This collection, devoted to the history of English socialism, was formed by Sir George Benson (1889-1973), former Labour Member of Parliament for Chesterfield, and was donated between 1947 and 1952.

The material ranges from the works of Robert Owen, Bronterre O'Brien, Jacob Holyoake, and William Thompson to the early socialist periodicals of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Hog's Wash, The Black Dwarf and The Crisis.

Also included are all the major publications of the Independent Labour Party.

Finding aids


The John Rylands Library

Using the reading rooms in the John Rylands Library