Labour and Socialist International. London Secretariat Archives

Biographical / Historical Note

After the wartime split of the international socialist movement and the foundation of the Communist International (COMINTERN) the remnants of the Second International held four conferences 1919-1920, formally under the auspices of the International Socialist Bureau (ISB); finally at the Geneva conference 1920 only seventeen parties were represented, including the British Labour Party, the (Mehrheits-) Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (MSPD) and the social democratic parties of Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Belgium and Poland; the same conference decided to move the secretariat from Brussels to London as the Labour and Socialist International; reconciliation with both the COMINTERN and the left-socialist International Working Union of Socialist Parties (IWUSP) failed in 1922; merged with the latter at the International Socialist Congress in Hamburg 1923 in the Sozialistische Arbeiter-Internationale (SAI, also called the Labour and Socialist International).


Correspondence, agenda, circulars, reports, drafts for resolutions and clippings relating to meetings of the Executive Committee 1921-1923; agenda, circulars and reports relating to meetings of the Bureau in London 1922-1923; correspondence, agenda, circulars, manifestos, notes, reports, (draft) resolutions and press clippings relating to various congresses, conferences and other meetings 1921-1923, partly held with some European socialist parties, with the International Working Union of Socialist Parties (IWUSP) and the International Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU), including documents relating to the World Peace Congress in The Hague 1922; correspondence, circulars, (draft) resolutions, printer's proofs, (draft) regulations and clippings on the preparation of the International Socialist Congress in Hamburg 1923; correspondence, circulars, reports, statements, (draft) resolutions, manifestos and press clippings on the reconstruction of the International 1921-1923, on the trial of socialist revolutionaries in Moscow 1921-1923, on the Russian famine relief 1921-1923, on the occupation of the Ruhr Territory 1923 and on other subjects; documents on the management of the secretariat and on the bulletin; papers of Tom Shaw, including documents concerning the British Labour Party and some private correspondence 1921-1923.