Common (Jack) Papers

Subject strengths: Literature, Social History

Collection Profile:
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 They include published and unpublished typescripts and manuscripts of his work, including Kiddar's Luck, his fictionalised childhood autobiography, published in 1951.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.

Finding Aid:
A collection level description for the Jack Common papers is available via Archives Hub. Please contact lib-specenq@ncl.ac.uk for further details.