Reference number
  • SOY
  • 1934-1981
  • Collection
  • This collection contains: minutes, 1952-1981; records concerning finances and management, 1955-1981; various correspondence and papers, 1941-1973; published editions, 1934-1975.
  • 15 boxes (11 [MSS.173], 4 [903])
Admin history
  • This was the official organ of the Socialist Vanguard Group until October 1947, when it was relaunched by the International Publishing Company with the aim of reaching a wider audience of Labour Party thinkers and activists (see MSS.173/4/1/9). It was closely associated with the Socialist Union, the successor of the Socialist Vanguard Group which was formed in 1951, and it continued to be published after the winding up of Socialist Union in 1959.

    Reference: Mary Saran, 'Never give up', London, 1976 (copy in Modern Records Centre searchroom); R M Douglas, 'No Friend of Democracy: The Socialist Vanguard Group, 1941–50', Contemporary British History, 16: 4, 51 — 86 (2002).
  • The reference codes of the records in MSS.173 have been determined by their physical order rather than their catalogue order.
Access status
  • Open
Related Material
  • The Modern Records Centre also holds records of: the Socialist Vanguard Group (SVG); Socialist Union, the successor of the SVG; the Society for the Furtherance of Critical Philosopy; Walter Fliess, member of the ISK and the Socialist Union.