JCSR Collection.


Reference Code

GB243 T/SOR/44


JCSR Collection

Dates of Creation


Name of Creators

JC and SR

Level of Description


Administrative History

JC and SR are activists in the Glasgow area over many years and loving partners. The collection includes poetry, propaganda, art memorabilia and correspondence. Both JC and SR are founder members of the Spirit of Revolt Archives of dissent with John Powels, Keith Millar and Charlie Baird and have assisted since 2011 in its continued development and website.

John Couzin was active in the Apprentices Strike of 1952 and later with Amnesty International for 12 years (3 years of which he was Urgent Action Coordinator/Scotland) responsible for devising a public Scotland response to help prisoners of torture. He was also active with Scottish Association for Care and Resettlement of Offenders for ten years. He set up and continues to develop the Strugglepedia, a wiki of radical activism in Scotland which includes individuals and events from 18th Century on. As a writer his book Radical Glasgow – A Skeletal Sketch is now in its 4th edition, for many years hosted on the Glasgow Caledonian University Website. He produces the Radical Glasgow Annarky Blog as well as the free Anarchist Critic newspaper which has ran for 20 years and is currently at issue 126. He has written 6 poetry books of ‘propaganda poetry’, is a keen cyclist and played chess for Glasgow Polytechnic Chess Club.

SR was active in the youth peace campaigns of the 1980’s and worked in Community Broadcasting and Community Arts. She was a co-founder of Southside LETS, a local money-free trading system. She participated in the Free University Network and also in several occupations of threatened community spaces. She has made many stitched or painted flags, banners and murals for agitating groups across Glasgow. She designed, secured funding for, stitched and coordinated the disputed Welcome Banner at Kinning Park Complex (KPC) representing the 1996 Sit-In.

Scope and Content

The collection includes poetry, propaganda, art memorabilia and correspondence.

System of Arrangement

Items have been arranged according to record type.

Custodial History

Collected and held by JCSR.

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Appraisal, Destruction, Scheduling

Appraised according to the Spirit of Revolt appraisal policy.


Further accruals expected.

Access Conditions


Copyright Reproduction

Application for reproduction should be made to the Spirit of Revolt group.

Existence of Copies

No known copies.

Finding Aids

Descriptive list available at Glasgow City Archives and on the Spirit of Revolt website.

Publication Note

No known publications.

Related collections

Other Spirit of Revolt (Ref: T/SOR) collections held at Glasgow City Archives.

Date(s) of Description

Compiled by Paula Larkin (Project Archivist) in November 2022.