James Kelman Collection.
James Kelman Finding Aid.
James Kelman Collection
Dates of Creation
Only digital copies held at Spirit of Revolt.
Name of Creators
Level of Description
James Kelman is a local activist and prominent writer. He has been involved in a range of activities in and around Glasgow as well as nationally and internationally, including the anti-poll tax movement, the miners’ strike, Clydeside Action against Asbestos, and a host of other local and national campaigns. The collection listed here is a very small part of the James Kelman papers, the entire collection is housed in the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh. We are extremely grateful to James and the National Library of Scotland in allowing Spirit of Revolt to carry this digitalised portion of his papers. Those who wish to research the physical collection can do so at The National Library of Scotland.
Scope and Content
This collection includes a wealth of material on political campaigns local to the Glasgow area, and further afield, and grassroots politics and activities in the UK. It includes material relating to a number of Glasgow based and Scottish activist groups, material relating Free University Network, and the Anarchist Summer School, the Stephen Lawrence campaign, and a variety of other political and industrial campaigns. It covers the spectrum of grassroots campaigns over a lengthy period up to the present.
System of Arrangement
Items have been arranged according to subject and record type.
Material collected and created by James Kelman.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Appraisal, Destruction, Scheduling
Appraised according to the Spirit of Revolt appraisal policy.
Possible further accruals.
Application for reproduction should be made to James Kelman through the Spirit of Revolt.
Existence of Copies
The National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh.
Descriptive list available at the National Library of Scotland and on the Spirit of Revolt website.
No known publications.
Other Spirit of Revolt (Ref: T/SOR) collections held at Glasgow City Archives.
Date(s) of Description
Compiled by Paula Larkin (Project Archivist) with assistance from John Couzin (Volunteer). November 2016.
|1||Clydeside Action On Asbestos.
Material relating to a campaign and self help group set up in 1984 and run by volunteers who were victims of asbestos. They provided support and counselling and campaigned vigorously for the rights of asbestos victims to receive recognition of the disease which was killing them, appropriate medical care and the correct level of compensation. Collectively they became the foremost experts on asbestos in the British Isles. They ran a major national campaign on the use of C.T. Scan rather than a biopsy (which often hastened death) and an international campaign – “The Asbestos Charter”, which called for a Universal Declaration by all states to ban asbestos and implement an ethical Code of Practice for the diagnosis and treatment of terminal victims. CAA carry on their work today with employed staff who provide a number of services for the victims of asbestos.
Includes: administrative papers; minutes; handwritten notes; letters; finances; newspaper clippings, publicity materials; photocopies of medical text on the disease and policy documents.
A two page account by Pat McCrystal – entitled Mesothelioma, about the working conditions in the ship yards of Glasgow where he contracted the disease and a seven page document by James Kelman describing Pat McCrystal’s fight for justice, the background to asbestos related illness and the medical, political and legal barriers which he and others met (page 3 of this document is missing). Read on line. PDF and other downloads.
A letter to Robert Black from the Benefits Agency rejecting a review of his assessment for disablement for the industrial disease Pneumoconiosis on 17.5.1991, with handwritten notes. View on line, PDF and other downloads.
The Asbestos Tragedy, typed document produced for a public meeting in Govan urging people to get a pledge from their local politicians that they will deal with the Asbestos issue (earlier version of T_SOR_26_1_114, see also T_SOR_26_1_9 publicity flyer for the meeting). View on line. PDF and other downloads.
Letter from Bert Connors, Chairperson, CAA asking people to support CAA recommendations and bring pressure to bear on behalf of the victims of asbestos related illnesses. View on line, PDF and other downloads.
Reasoning Flaws and the Asbestos Industry. See also T_SOR_26_1_14, Culture and Oppression – B. Business versus A. Worker, pages 16-19 and T_SOR_26_1_43, Reasoning Flaws and the Asbestos Industry pages 2-6. Read on line, PDF and other downloads.
Letter from Ian McKechnie to Mr K Crookston, Glasgow Building Department about the corruption and incompetency of the department in regard to tenemental repair works in Millbrae, Glasgow, G42, including a list of demands from the tenants. Read on line, PDF and other downloads.
CAA handwritten notes about the process of claiming compensation for asbestos related illnesses and the disparity of procedures between Scotland and the rest of the UK. Read on line, PDF and other downloads.
CAA handwritten notes for fundraising events with a list of possible speakers and CAA’s priorities for victims: CT Scan; hospice and convalescence home for families of victims. Read on line, PDF and other downloads.
CAA handwritten notes comparing the differences between Scottish and British legislation and procedures for the diagnosis, treatment and claim for compensation of an asbestos related illness. Read on line, PDF and other downloads.
Partially scanned newspaper article about the Frank Lefevre Practice and Quantum Claims, a compensation service for victims of ‘accident, injury, or loss’, operating on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis, The Herald. Read on line, PDF and other downloads.
Typed notes entitled, European Chemical Workers etc, which details the amount of asbestos fibres which people can be exposed to, with examples from the U.S.A and states that the is no ‘safe’ level of exposure to Asbestos and looks at the diseases caused by exposure either blue or white asbestos. Read on line, PDF and other downloads.
CAA information sheet detailing the lengthy and gruelling process victims of Asbestosis have to go through to get diagnosed and to get compensation. Highlights the differences between the views adopted by the Courts, the Insurers, the DSS and the Doctors. Read on line, PDF and other downloads.
Sketch for a poster for a CAA Charity Night presenting the play ‘Pals’ written by Mary Brown and performed by the St. Charles Players at the Murray Community Hall, East Kilbride. proceeds from which will go to The CT Scan Campaign For Asbestos Victims. Read on line, PDF and other downloads.
Information sheet with advice on how to fill out a Restart interview form with a contact list for organisations in Edinburgh, West Lothian and Midlothian who can give advise. Read on line, PDF and other downloads.
‘ I Prayed my Dad Would Die’, magazine article by Ann Parry and Mike Housego about the actor Steve McQueen who died of mesothelioma because of exposure to asbestos. Read on line, PDF and other downloads.
Letter from John Gilchrist to his lawyer Frank McGuire of Robin Thompson & Partners asking him to clarify a number of points in his claim for compensation for an asbestos related illness from his previous employers Newalls Installation Co. Ltd and Manotonello Ltd respectively. Read on line, PDF and other downloads.
Letter from James W Kerr, Consultant Physician regarding the pulmonary function tests of Robert McKenzie which confirm reduced lung volume are due to asbestos damage (page 1 is missing). Read on line, PDF and other downloads.
Reasoning Flaws in the Asbestos Industry pages 2-6. See also T_SOR_26_1_14, Culture and Oppression – B. Business versus A. Worker, pages 16-19 and T_SOR_26_1_19 also Reasoning Flaws and the Asbestos Industry. Read on line, PDF ands other downloads.
|45||CAA handwritten notes on two compensation cases. Read on line, PDF and other downloads.
Letter from the Compensation Recovery Scheme, Department of Social Security to Robin Thomson & Partners regarding Samuel Hardie’s Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit. Read on line, PDF and other downloads.
Published personal account by James Kelman of the proceedings at the Court of Session regarding Pat McCrystal’s fight for justice – ‘There seems no process in law by which the guilty people can face trial for their disregard of human life’. Read on line, PDF and other downloads.
Extract from a companies Notes on the Accounts, Commitments and Contingent Liabilities, which discusses court actions for asbestos related illnesses in the UK and USA. Read on line, PDF and other downloads.
Journal of Law and Society, Volume 19, Number 3, Autumn 1992, The Asbestos Regulations 1931; A Licence to Kill by Nick Wikeley, University of Birmingham UK, pages 365 -377. Read on line, PDF and other downloads.
Letter from Alan Dalton, Senior Lecturer in Health and Safety, Centre for Industrial and Environmental Safety and Health (CIESH), South Bank University, London in reply to a letter from CAA about making a complaint against the HSE (Health & Safety Executive). Read on Line, PDF and other downloads.
Letter from Campbell Christie, General Secretary, STUC to Lord Hope, Lord President of the Supreme Court which concern the working of Part IV of the Social Security Administration Act 1992. Read on line, PDF and other downloads.
|95||c. 1993 – 1996|
Scottish Law and the victims of asbestos’ article written by James Kelman which was published in The Herald in September 1992 (please see T_SOR_26_1_88 for an early version of this article). Read on line, PDF and other downloads.
Typed and handwritten lists of various CAA internal and external discussion papers, letters, articles and notes and an annotated printout of electronic documents. Read on line, PDF and other downloads.
The DSS Criteria for Diagnosing An Asbestos-related Illness, paper discussing the issues affecting claimants when applying for Industrial Disability Benefit and Victims Twice Over – The Battle for Recognition, examples of the experiences of asbestos victims. Read on line, PDF and other downloads.
CAA letters to: Medical Appeal Tribunal; Professor F Edwards, Social Work Department, Strathclyde Region; Dr Greenberg and a letter regarding the Pat McCrystal case which was cc’d to John Smith M.P. Read on line, PDF and other downloads.
The Asbestos Tragedy, leaflet produced for a public meeting in Govan urging people to get a pledge from their local politicians that they will deal with the Asbestos issue and typed notes of procedures for the meeting (see also T_SOR_26_1_9 publicity flyer for the meeting). Read on line, PDF and other downloads.