Indian Communists and Trade Unionists on Trial: The Meerut Conspiracy, 1929-1933

Ben Bradley papers

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Benjamin Francis Bradley (1898-1957) was a communist metalworker, born in Walthamstow, who was sent to India to promote militant trade unionism in 1927 and sentenced in the Meerut Conspiracy Trial five years later. Bradley's papers are an indispensable source for the episode and include extensive prison correspondence, documents from the Meerut trial and records of the international campaigns of solidarity with the defendants. They also contain his notes for a projected autobiography and materials relating to his later political activities. For several years Bradley continued to be involved in anti-colonial activities and between 1934 and 1940 served as secretary of the League Against Imperialism and its successor, the CPGB's Colonial Information Bureau. He also spent periods as the Daily worker's circulation manager and, briefly before his death, as national organiser of the Britain-China Friendship Association. His papers bear witness to the genuine internationalism that was one of the outstanding qualities of many communist activists.

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Autobiographical note and possibly biographical statement

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  • Reference: 72696b-01
  • Keyword:  indian british colonial politics unions
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Pocket diary with notes of engagements

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Letters from Ben Bradley in India mainly to his brother Len

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Further letters from Ben Bradley in India mainly to his brother Len

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Letters from Ben Bradley in India mainly to his parents and brother

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Letters to Ben Bradley

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Summing up of cases for prosecution in conspiracy case

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  • Reference: 72696b-07
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Applications, orders, etc. during Meerut conspiracy case

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Papers of additional district magistrate in charge of Meerut conspiracy

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Loose papers found in the above

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Defence statement of Ben Bradley in Meerut conspiracy case

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Defence papers re Meerut conspiracy case

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Transcript notes of summing up by M. I. Kemp of prosecution case

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Printed judgement in Meerut conspiracy trial of Additional Sessions (volume 1).

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Printed judgement in Meerut conspiracy trial of Additional Sessions (volume 2).

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