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It was gathered together by John Burnett, David Vincent and David Mayall whilst compiling their three volumes annotated bibliography, "The Autobiography of the Working Class" (Harvester Press, 1984-1989), which is available in the Special Collections room: HD8388.B88. This book includes descriptions of unpublished autobiographies and indicates their locations. Excerpts from some of the autobiographies have been published in "Destiny obscure: autobiographies of childhood, education, and family from the1820s to the 1920s", edited by John Burnett (Routledge 1994 and A. Lane, 1982).

The authors "sought to identify not only the large numbers of printed works scattered in various local history libraries and record offices, but also extant private memoirs, many of which remain hidden in family attics, known only to the author and a handful of relatives" (Introduction to vol.1, p. xxix). The criteria for inclusion were: the writers were working class for at least part of their lives; they wrote in English; and they lived for some time in England, Scotland or Wales between 1790 and 1945.

To consult material in the Burnett Archive, please see Access to Special Collections. You should specify the author, title and volume number of each autobiography that you wish to consult. A complete list of the holdings with their volume numbers is available in the Index to the Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies.

Material in the Burnett Archive is available for reference use only; it cannot be borrowed or supplied on interlibrary loan. The usual copyright regulations for unpublished materials apply: single photocopies for private study. If you wish to make more extensive use of particular items, you will need to obtain permission from the present copyright owners.

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Collection's Items (Sorted by Submit Date in Descending order): 51 to 67 of 67
Issue DateTitleAuthor(s)
1900UntitledBrain, N
1973My end is my beginningBradbury, M
1978The long and short of it. Being the recollections and reminiscences of Edna BoldBold, E
1973UntitledBetts, F
1982R.M. remembersBell, R
1920My life as I remember it 1899-1920Barker, L
1972Autobiography of ex-workhouse and Poor Law school boyBalne, E
1960Early memoriesBellamy, H
1930Some of my memories of and about Uley until about 1930Beeston, R
1920UntitledBargate, D
1895A nature diary for the year 1895Baker, E
1978The socialistAyre, J
1970UntitledAustin, V
1911UntitledAshley, J
1974The twenty three years, or the late way of life- and of livingArmitage, JH
1973Vapourings of an old ploughman: memoirs of 1892-1914Anderson, JR
1911My memoirs of Dr. Barnardo's homeAdnams, NI
Collection's Items (Sorted by Submit Date in Descending order): 51 to 67 of 67