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Margaret Collin papers

2 diaries of Margaret Collin née Frankish (1907-1999), written during her visit to the Soviet Union in 1937 under the auspices of the Left Book Club. 

These short, observational diaries cover a range of topics including: public buildings, dress and customs, state farms, factories, transport, housing, state orphanages and sanatoriums for children (including some child refugees from the Spanish Civil War), religion and general impressions of Soviet Russia.   

After leaving school aged 14 or 15 Margaret Collins educated herself via the Women’s Cooperative Guild and in June 1930 won a scholarship to Ruskin College, Oxford.

There are also a small amount of official papers (insurance schedule, birth and marriage certificates), three photographic group portraits and four news cuttings regarding Mary MacArthur scholarships.