Reference number
  • DMI
  • 1929-1976
  • Collection
  • This collection contains: accounts, 1942-1962; correspondence and subject files concerning events in Michaelson's life, 1929-1976, 'The New Propellor'/'Metal Worker',1941-1964, the engineering industry, 1940-1963, politics, 1946-1973; published and draft writings by Michaelson, c1952-c1962; film made by the workers of Denham Film Studios, 1942.
  • 20 boxes
Admin history
  • David Michaelson (1912-1975) was born in Edinburgh, but came to London in his teens. There he took up employment in the engineering industry and joined the Communist Party. He was shop stewards' convenor at the Lagonda Works, Staines, during the Second World War. At this time he became a member of the Engineering and Allied Trades Shop Stewards National Council, contributing to its official organ, 'The New Propellor' (later re-titled 'The Metal Worker'). An activist in the forefront of the shop stewards' movement, Michaelson became editor of 'The Metal Worker' in 1953, remaining in that capacity until it ceased publication in 1963. He stood for Parliament as the Communist candidate for West Willesden in 1950. In addition to his journalistic output, Michaelson was the author of numerous short stories and poems, leaving many unfinished drafts at his death.
Access Conditions
  • The political series of correspondence and subject files in this collection (MSS.233/3/4/1-10) are open, but access to any other unpublished records is subject to the permission of Ms Nina Kelly, granddaughter of David Michaelson, which can be applied for via the Modern Records Centre (
Access status
  • Open
Related Material
  • Records of the Engineering and Allied Trades Shop Stewards National Council.