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National Library of Wales
Cox, Idris, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 IDRCOX

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Idris Cox Papers

Short Title: Cox, Idris, papers

Creation date(s): 1934-1985

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.018 cubic metres (2 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Idris Cox


Administrative/Biographical history: Idris Cox (1899-1989), Communist and Labour party activist, worked as a coal miner until 1927, when he became a full-time organiser for the South Wales District of the Communist Party of Great Britain. He organised hunger marches in Monmouthshire and Glamorgan in 1930. Cox was active within the party, writing on policy and tactics, and became the editor of the Daily Worker for a time, but returned to South Wales in the late 1930s, helping to develop a North Wales District and establishing an All-Wales Congress. He wrote the pamphlet 'The people can save South Wales' in 1937. He assisted the party's General Secretary, Harry Pollitt (1890-1960), in standing for the seat of Rhondda East in the 1945 general election. The Party was disappointed by its performance in the 1945 and 1949 elections, and in 1951 Cox was removed from his role as Welsh organizer to take up a post in the Party's International Department, for which he moved to London. This may have been partly a response to Cox's outspoken support for Welsh devolution, reflected in his membership of the cross-party "Parliament for Wales" committee from 1950. Cox later returned to Wales, remaining active as a commentator and writer on politics. He died in 1989.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of Idris Cox, 1934-1985, comprising draft autobiography (unpublished), 'From Coal Mines to Communist Ideals', and photocopy of a more complete version held by Univeristy of Wales, Swansea; correspondence, 1960-1983; pamphlets, lectures and broadcasts by Cox, 1936-1984; Communist Party pamphlets, 1930-1963; and miscellaneous, 1934--1985.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: autobiography; correspondence; lectures; speech notes; political writings; and miscellaneous.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Minor Lists and Summaries 1991, pp. 17-20, at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available online.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Dora Cox, Pontypool, in 1990.


Related material: Further materials, including a fuller copy of the autobiography and a recorded interview with Idris Cox, are held by the Univeristy of Wales Swansea.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch and Martin Locock for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1991; Communist History Network Newsletter, 12 (

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2 and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2005

Communism | Wales
Cox, Idris | Archives
Political campaigns | Wales
Politicians | Wales | Biography

Personal names
Cox , Idris

Corporate names
Communist Party of Great Britain
Communist Party of Great Britain | South Wales District
Communist Party of Great Britain | Wales District

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