Reference number
  • GLZ
  • 1928-1967
  • Collection
  • Correspondence and papers of Sir Victor Gollancz relating mainly to his personal interests, especially as a humanitarian activist and campaigner, 1928-1967. Topics include abolition of capital punishment, nuclear disarmament, Jewish affairs (including the Jewish Society for Human Service), German reconciliation, Europe, civil liberties, music, broadcasting and his own writings. Publishing is represented by correspondence about and drafts of Gollancz's own writings and anthologies, which were published under the Gollancz imprint, and some miscellaneous files and letters. There are also publications, press-cuttings and photographs. There is a small quantity of material on the Left Book Club. One additional box of personal papers containing the text of an apparently unpublished work based on letters received by Save Europe Now, and three files of letters of condolence of Lady Gollancz, Feb-Mar 1967, on her husband's death.
  • 112 boxes (109 [MSS.157], 3 [658])
Admin history
  • Victor Gollancz (1893-1967) was educated at St. Paul's School and New College, Oxford. Having been judged unfit for foreign service during the First World War, he spent the period teaching at Repton. In 1920 Gollancz began his first job in publishing, working for Benn's publishing house. His own company, Victor Gollancz Ltd, followed in 1928. It was to become one of the most profitable and successful firms in British publishing history. Gollancz's flair for combining political propaganda with successful publishing also found its outlet through his promotion of the Left Book Club. His espousal of other causes, notably pacifism, re-conciliation with Germany and the abolition of capital punishment reflected his own profound religious sense, as did his books My Dear Timothy, More for Timothy, A Year of Grace and From Darkness to Light. In recognition of his help for, and sympathy with, the German people after the war, in 1953 Gollancz was awarded the Grand Cross of the German Order of Merit, and he continued to speak out against anti-German intolerance, most notably with regard to the Eichmann trial in 1961. He was knighted in 1965.

    Reference: The Times ( 9 February 1967).
  • This collection has been weeded for duplicates.
Access Conditions
  • Files on charitable activity and prisoners are closed.
Access status
  • Open
Related Material
  • The Modern Records Centre also holds the archives of the publishing company Victor Gollancz Ltd (MSS.318).
  • The second printable catalogue below is of the records donated by Ruth Dudley Edwards.