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Records of Edinburgh Chile Solidarity Committee

Identifier: Coll-1895

Content Description

This fonds consists of the Records of the Edinburgh Chile Solidarity Committee (c. 1973-1978), with some material relating to the Chile Solidarity Campaign UK-wide. The records of the committee include minutes, correspondence, membership lists, publications, documents relating to the "adoption" of Chilean refugees by the committee, and various printed ephemera used to spread awareness of their campaign and advertise events organised to support the committee. There are also documents relating to the political and economical situation in Chile in general, such as newsletters, newspaper clippings, and copies of the magazines Chile Fights and Chile Hoy.

These records are evidence of the local organisation of the UK-wide support for Chilean democracy and Chilean people after the 1973 coup d'├ętat by Augusto Pinochet. They also give an insight into students' political activities at the University of Edinburgh in the 1970s.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1973-1978


Language of Materials

Mostly in English, with some documents in Spanish, French, and German.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection has been entirely screened to identify Data Protection issues. Most of the material is open for consultation (although the reader will be required to sign a Data Protection form for some sections), except for a few folders containing sensitive personal data. Please contact the repository in advance if you would like to see this collection.

Biographical / Historical

The Edinburgh Chile Solidarity Campaign was a local branch of the UK-wide Chile Solidarity Campaign, founded in 1973 to support Chilean democracy. The aims of the Edinburgh branch was: to promote in the Edinburgh area the aims and the policies of the national Chile Solidarity campaign; to work for maximum support for the Chilean people in their struggle against dictatorship and for the restoration of democracy, to organising activities in solidarity with the Chilean people; to extend understanding of the situation in Chile; and to give all appropriate support to refugees from Chile. The society had close links to trade unions and to the socialist movement.


7 boxes


The collection is yet to be arranged and catalogued in detail.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated in October 2018. Accession no. SC-Acc-2018-0185.

Related Materials

The Labour History Archive and Study Centre holds the records of the UK-wide Chile Solidarity Campaign (GB 394 CSC).

Separated Materials

Fourteen printed books were donated with the records, and have now been transferred to our Rare Books collections. A list is available on request.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Aline Brodin in April 2024.

Records of Edinburgh Chile Solidarity Committee, 1973-1978
Aline Brodin
April 2024
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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