Bissett Collection

Some 1,500 left-wing pamphlets ranging in date from the late 19th century to the late 20th century, as collected by Glasgow schoolteacher James Bissett.

Their authors include:

  • Tolstoi
  • Marx
  • Trotsky
  • Lenin
  • Kropotkin
  • Keir Hardie
  • Gustave Hervé
  • Annie Besant
  • Guy Aldred
  • J.D. Bernal

The subject coverage is extremely wide, embracing topics such as:

  • Bolshevism
  • the Fabians
  • the Independent Labour Party
  • the Spanish Civil War
  • women’s rights
  • trade unions
  • unemployment

The collection includes an almost complete set of Left Book Club editions and a number of scarce local imprints, e.g. publications of the Bakunin Press and the Strickland Press in Glasgow.

The collection was purchased for Glasgow University Library from Bissett in 1981 with a grant from the Local Museums Purchase Fund.


How to find material from the Bissett Collection