Economic League Collection

Ref: PE 21

Title: Economic League Collection

Scope: A collection of journals and leaflets mostly published by the Economic League between 1961 and 1963.

Dates: 1961-1963
Level: Fonds
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator: Unknown

Administrative / biographical history:

The collection came to the Library from the Lancashire Record Office, who had received it from an unknown source. It consists of issues of several journals published by the Economic League between 1961 and 1963, and of a selection of leaflets also produced by the League at the same time. They relate to matters such as the Common Market, the role of women in the workforce, and trade union activity.

The Economic League was a private employment vetting agency founded in 1919, with the published aim of "preserving the good health of British industry for all engaged in it." It claimed to "fight all kinds of extremist activity seeking to undermine that good health" and to have "no connection, direct or indirect, with any political party or organisation." Its leaflets were distributed to workers at factory gates. The League was known to have right-wing inclinations, but kept a low profile until 1985. At that point, internal disagreements and more overt activities made it a target for various left-wing pressure groups and trade unions. It lost many of its supporters, and was forced to disband in April 1993.

(Notes partly compiled from the Directory of British Political Organisation 1994 by Paul Mercer (Harlow: Longman, 1994))

  • Related collections: None
  • Source: Lancashire Record Office
  • System of arrangement: By category, and chronologically
  • Subjects: Blacklisting, Labor – Great Britain
  • Names: Economic League (Great Britain)
  • Conditions of access: Available to all researchers, by appointment
  • Restrictions: None
  • Copyright: By document
  • Finding aids: Listed