Fonds GB 0210 IDRCOX - Idris Cox Papers,

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Idris Cox Papers,


  • 1934-1985 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.018 cubic metres (2 boxes)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Idris Cox (1899-1989), Communist and Labour party activist, worked as a coal miner until 1927, when he became a full-time organiser for the South Wales District of the Communist Party of Great Britain. He organised hunger marches in Monmouthshire and Glamorgan in 1930. Cox was active within the party, writing on policy and tactics, and became the editor of the Daily Worker for a time, but returned to South Wales in the late 1930s, helping to develop a North Wales District and establishing an All-Wales Congress. He wrote the pamphlet 'The people can save South Wales' in 1937. He assisted the party's General Secretary, Harry Pollitt (1890-1960), in standing for the seat of Rhondda East in the 1945 general election. The Party was disappointed by its performance in the 1945 and 1949 elections, and in 1951 Cox was removed from his role as Welsh organizer to take up a post in the Party's International Department, for which he moved to London. This may have been partly a response to Cox's outspoken support for Welsh devolution, reflected in his membership of the cross-party "Parliament for Wales" committee from 1950. Cox later returned to Wales, remaining active as a commentator and writer on politics. He died in 1989.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Dora Cox, Pontypool, in 1990.

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Scope and content

Papers of Idris Cox, 1934-1985, comprising draft autobiography (unpublished), 'From Coal Mines to Communist Ideals', and photocopy of a more complete version held by Univeristy of Wales, Swansea; correspondence, 1960-1983; pamphlets, lectures and broadcasts by Cox, 1936-1984; Communist Party pamphlets, 1930-1963; and miscellaneous, 1934--1985.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records have been retained.

Item: 1.1. Action: Condition reviewed. Action identifier: 003844689. Date: 20050208. Authorization: Selected for conservation. Authorizing institution: NLW. Action agent: J. Thomas. Status: Printed volume : stained pages, pH reading 5.00, no binding survives. Institution: WlAbNL.

Item: 1.2. Action: Conserved. Action identifier: 003844689. Date: 20050415. Authorizing institution: NLW. Action agent: J. Jenkins. Status: Printed volume : deacidiified affected pages and rebound in hinged boards. Institution: WlAbNL.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: autobiography; correspondence; lectures; speech notes; political writings; and miscellaneous.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright regulations apply.

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Language and script notes

English, Welsh.

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Minor Lists and Summaries 1991, pp. 17-20, at the National Library of Wales.

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Existence and location of copies

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Further materials, including a fuller copy of the autobiography and a recorded interview with Idris Cox, are held by the Univeristy of Wales Swansea.

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Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.;AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

May 2005


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch and Martin Locock for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1991; Communist History Network Newsletter, 12 (

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  • Text: Idris Cox Papers.