The Harry McShane Collecton

A collection of books, pamphlets correspondence and other materials reflecting the political interests of the Scottish Socialist Harry McShane

About Harry McShane

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Harry McShane, socialist activist, 1981 by Stanley Bell

Harry McShane was born in the Gorbals, Glasgow in 1891. He was involved in the anti-war movement during World War 1, and in the Clyde Workers Committee, which was formed in 1915 to campaign against the Munitions Act. He was variously a member of the British Socialist Party, and the Communist Party of Great Britain, eventually embracing the Marxist Humanism described by Raya Dunayevskaya.

During the 1930s, he led a number of hunger marches with the National Unemployed Workers’ Movement. He also argued for freedom of speech and assembly on Glasgow Green, which came under threat during this decade.

McShane died in Glasgow in 1988.

About the collection

The collection consists of books, pamphlets, periodicals, news cuttings, correspondence, minutes, memos and drafts, plus various typescript material dating from the mid 1800s to the late 1900s. This collection reflects the political interests of Harry McShane (1891-1988), a Scottish Socialist and often called the ‘Last of the Red Clydesiders'.

Finding aid

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Damer, Sean (1982). Rent strike!: the Clydebank rent struggles of the 1920's. Clydebank: Clydebank District Libraries and Museums.

Access the collection in the online catalogue

Further reading

Article: "Harry McShane" by Paul Foot

Harry McShane: no mean fighter, by Harry McShane and Joan Smith

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