- 1916 - 1988 (Creation)
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Extent and medium
30 Boxes. 6 linear metres.
Name of creator
Jack Common (1903 - 1968) was a British socialist, essayist and novelist.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Purchased by Newcastle University in 1974 from Mrs Connie Common (Jack Common's widow).
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Scope and content
The papers of Jack Common (1900-1968) are a rich resource for those interested in the history of this talented Tyneside-born writer. They include published and unpublished typescripts and manuscripts of his work, including Kiddar's Luck, his fictionalised childhood autobiography, published in 1951. There are also 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 friends 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.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
No further accruals are expected.
System of arrangement
The history of the arrangement of this collection is unknown. At some point the correspondence files appear to have been re-ordered and put into alphabetical order.
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Conditions governing reproduction
UK copyright law applies
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Related units of description
Preferred citation: Common (Jack) Archive, JC, held at Special Collections Newcastle University Library.
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Name access points
- Common, Jack, 1903-1968, writer (Subject)
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Dates of creation revision deletion
This EAD description created 9/28/2018.