Fabian Society and Young Fabians

About the Fabian Society

Beatrice Webb

The Fabian Society was founded early in 1884, its purpose to "reconstruct society in such a manner as to secure the general welfare and happiness". Early members included George Bernard Shaw, Sidney Webb, Emmeline Pankhurst and others who contributed papers to meetings and conferences on social, economic and political issues, and to the series of published Fabian Tracts. At the very beginning the Society was not overtly socialist, but before long its deliberation and discourse revealed a clear affinity with the wider socialist movement. Thereafter the influence of Fabian thinking on the formation of both the Independent Labour Party in 1893 and the Labour Party in 1900 was significant, and remains so to this day.

What's in the collection?

The Fabian Society collection includes:

To browse, read and download the tracts, minute books and the Young Fabians pamphlets, please click on the links on the "Browse" menu to the right. Alternatively, you can view a list of tract authors by clicking on "Index of Fabian tract authors" or you can search the online archive using the search box in the top right of the screen.