Reference number
  • S/007
Level
  • Collection
Date(s)
  • 1910-1965
Extent and medium
  • 1 archive box (containing 4 albums, 2 folders and a book) and 1 large sized photo album
Description
  • ┆Press cuttings and photographs relating to the career of Jack Greenstock, kept by himself in a series of scrapbooks. * Album (blue cover with a portrait of a lady on the front), containing press cuttings, correspondence, event flyers and tickets, dated 1920-1927, with loose postcards dated 1967-68 from a relative in Israel. * Album (marbled cover) with inscription on inside front cover "Jack Greenstock, arriv. in Philadelphia Nov 28th 1913. American's Newspaper Cuttings". Album contains press cuttings, photographs, flyers and promotional material and spans 1913 to the 1930s. Photographs include portraits of Jack Greenstock in his boxing kit, a photograph of Greenstock with Jimmy Wilde and with Sabr Mahir taken Dec 1920 in Berlin. * Album (blue cover with a First World War soldier and title 'War Pictures'), with inscription on inside front cover "Jack Greenstock: my earliest records of fights". Includes press cuttings 1910-1913 with loose press cuttings dating to the 1920s. * Album (red cover) containing press cuttings dating from 1927 and 1930, mostly relating to boxing matches organised by Greenstock as a promoter. * Two folders of loose press cuttings, photographs, newspapers, flyers and promotional material spanning 1912 to the 1930s. * Photograph album containing portrait photographs of Greenstock as well as promotional images of him with other boxers including Colin Bell, Young Ahearn, Spike Robson, Packy Mahoney, H Smith, Bert Wood, Captain Clarke, Z Goodman, and Kid Lewis, photograph of a boxing match in Berlin 1920, taken from the audience, photographs of Greenstock in the promoter/trainer role with boxers including Sgt. Kenny and Issy Smith (battle of the VCs) and Dan Frush, certificate from the Jewish Athletic Association certifying that Greenstock of Victoria Lads Club competed in the Eight Mile Race in April 1911, and photographs of Greenstock and other young men on day trips with the Victoria Lads Club including trips to the seaside, camping, and a group photograph of the Victoria Boys Club Harriers, 1908-1911. * Copy of book "Hitting and Stopping" by Jimmy Wilde, which features Greenstock posing with Wilde in various boxing positions in the photographic illustrations.
Content warning
  • This collection contains offensive early twentieth century language and terminology used to describe Jewish people and people of colour.
Administrative history
  • ┆Jack Greenstock was born in 1894 in Bethnal Green, London, to a Jewish family. He was educated at the Jews' Free School where he was captain of the cricket and football teams and was also a member of the Victoria Lad's Club. Greenstock was a featherweight. He began his boxing career by winning a competition promoted by the Federation of London Working Boys' Clubs, and made his professional debut in 1910. He later toured America as well as boxing in Europe.  According to a promotional flyer in the collection, Greenstock was the "winner of over 100 boxing contests" and had beaten Fred Delaney, Young Nipper, Kid Harris, Fighting Bob Spencer, Sgt. Tom Evans, Marcel Denis, Harold Walker, Waldemar Holberg, Lucien Vinez, Fredy Kelley, Tommy O'Keefe, and Willie Moody. He had drawn two matches with Ted Kid Lewis, World Boxing Champion. After retiring as a fighter in 1926 Greenstock opened a School of Physical Training and Culture in Mile End, London, where he trained young boxers and acted as a promoter, organising matches and tournaments. He died in 1980.
Access status
  • Open
Conditions governing access
  • Open and available for researchers.
Conditions governing reproduction
  • Copies may be taken for private research purposes only and subject to the condition of the items.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
  • The albums and loose items are all fragile and will require careful handling.
Language/scripts of material
  • English
  • German
  • Polish
  • Hebrew
  • French
  • Dutch
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
  • Dr. Kathrin Pieren, curator, Jewish Museum.
Archival history
  • Originally deposited at the Jewish Museum in London, who then transferred the collection to DMU Special Collections to complement the England Boxing collection.
Archivist's note
  • Catalogued by Katharine Short, archivist.
Date(s) of descriptions
  • June 2019