From Toronto to J’burg: group’s international reach


From minutes of SOC’EM 5 November 1975, Tyne and Wear Archives, accession number 2659 – apologies for the quality – is easier to read as smaller image.

Today I came across reference to ‘Metropolitan Toronto Library’ – a request from them for information re. SOC’EM’s Motorway Report. The note was taken from their minutes from November 1975 and simply was mentioned under the category of ‘Correspondence’. But the library very kindly included money for the report to be sent. In January 1975 there is a similar comment for the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, showing SOC’EM’s international reach. Both request the report produced by SOC’EM and Transport 2000.

I seem to have come to the end of the archives and there is no letter in there from either Toronto or Johannesburg. I have contacted Toronto Public Library to see whether they have a copy of it or conversely can tell me how they heard about it. Their reply was, alas, that they no longer had a copy (if they ever did). They have got rid of anything not Canadian and less than 50 pages. The mystery of how two libraries on different continents heard about a small organisation in the North East of England remains.

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