Common (Jack) Archive

Subject strengths: Literature, Social History

The papers of Jack Common (1900-1968) are a rich resource for those interested in the history of this talented Tyneside-born writer and in the history of the working class. They include published and unpublished typescripts and manuscripts of his work, including Kiddar's Luck, his fictionalised childhood autobiography, published in 1951. There are Common's diaries, notebooks, research notes, news cuttings, correspondence and photographs.

The papers also include copies of articles and draft articles for his contribution to the socialist journals The Adelphi and New Britain. Correspondence to Jack Common includes letters from his friend George Orwell, E.M. Forster, Dorothy and Max Plowman, Richard and John Middleton Murry, Thomas McCullough and Connie Common, Jack's second wife. There is also correspondence from various publishers as well as from the BBC and Associated British Picture Corporation.


Collection Name and Collection Reference Code:

Collection Name: Common (Jack) Archive

Archive Ref Code: GB186/JC

Date Range of Material

1916 - 1988

Type of Material

The personal archive of Jack Common

Size of Collection

6 Linear Metres of shelving 

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Archive catalogue available via Archives Hub.

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