10 archival boxes of sheet music, textual documents, audio material and 70 MB of electronic documents.
Immediate source of acquisition
Jill Waterson & Steve Randall, WMA Executive Committee Members.
The Workers’ Music Association Archive was initiated by a large deposit of material mainly collected by John Jordan former President and Vice President of the WMA It is a comprehensive set of records of the activities of the WMA formed in 1936 to coordinate the activity of 44 choirs and 5 orchestras in the London Labour Choral Union and Cooperative. Its mission is to promote music, the composition of music and musical education relating to socialist, labour and workers’ movements. Throughout its history it has published both original and traditional compositions from the workers’ movement and continues to be active today. Throughout its early history it was close to the Communist Party of Great Britain and was instrumental in promoting the music and culture of the Soviet Union through publishing sheet music and essays as well as organising concerts and recitals of Soviet music.
Scope and content
The Workers’ Music Association Archive includes a wide range of materials produced through the activities of the WMA and it’s members including: song sheets; audio material; publications; concert programmes; catalogues; business papers; correspondence; summer school and ephemera.