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The primary source for Robert Owen’s life is his autobiography (vols. 1 and 1A), which was published in 1857. It takes his life up to around 1823, before he left for New Harmony. Owen died in 1858, and there is no volume 2. However, documents which Owen collected for volume 2 survive, in the form of the Robert Owen Correspondence, held by the Co-operative College.
For a brief introduction to Robert Owen, see: Robert Owen in 300 Words.
For a summary of Robert Owen's life with dates, see: Robert Owen Time Line.
For a longer account of Robert Owen, see: Robert Owen,1771 - 1858
For a condensed version of the autobiography, see the Robert Owen Writings page.
We also present three essays written for the 200th anniversary of Robert Owen’s birth in 1971, and now out of print. Dr John Butt writes on Robert Owen and Trade Unionism; Mr William P Watkins on Robert Owen and the Co-operative Movement; and Professor John Harrison on Robert Owen and the Communities.
(The original four essays were republished with permission by the Museum in 1983.)
Frank Podmore: Robert Owen: a biography; London, 1906
G.D.H. Cole: Robert Owen; London, 1925
Margaret Cole: Robert Owen of New Lanark; London, 1953
J.F.C. Harrison: Robert Owen and the Owenites in Britain and America;London, 1969
John Butt (ed): Robert Owen, Prince of Cotton Spinners; David & Charles, 1971
Pollard & Salter (ed): Robert Owen – Prophet of the Poor; Macmillan, 1971.
Ian Donnachie: Robert Owen – Social Visionary; John Donald, 2005. (First published: Tuckwell Press, 2000.)