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The Papers of A V Alexander

Title The Papers of A V Alexander
Reference GBR/0014/AVAR
Creator Alexander, Albert Victor, 1885-1965, 1st Earl Alexander of Hillsborough, politician
Covering Dates 1903–1991
Extent and Medium 81 boxes; paper
Repository Churchill Archives Centre
Content and context

Alexander was born at Weston-super-Mare on 1 May 1885, the son of Albert Alexander (an artisan engineer). In 1908 he married Esther Ellen (youngest daughter of late George Chapple, of Tiverton) with whom he had one daughter.

Alexander was educated at Barton Hill Elementary School, Bristol and attended St George Technical Classes. He was MP (Co-operative) for the Hillsborough Division of Sheffield from 1922-1931 and 1935-1950.

Alexander held several official positions including Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade (1924); First Lord of the Admiralty (1929-31; 1940-45 and 1945-46); Minister of Defence (1947-50); Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1950-51); Leader of Labour Peers (formerly Deputy Leader) in the House of Lords, (1955 onwards). He was also President of the UK Council of Protestant Churches, (1956) and a Member of the Cabinet Delegation to India and Paris Peace Conference, 1946.

Alexander died on 11 January 1965.

The papers of A V Alexander include personal papers; parliamentary and political papers and correspondence; material relating to the Protestant movement and the Co-operative movement; literary material (including speech notes), plus film and photographic material.

The original arrangement of the papers has largely been preserved and they have been grouped into four subject areas (personal, public and political, co-operative movement, protestant movement, and literary).

Access and Use

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Churchill Archives Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. A prior appointment and two forms of identification are required.

Please cite as Churchill Archives Centre, The Papers of A V Alexander, AVAR

Further information

The collection has been catalogued and the catalogue is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre and the National Register of Archives. Note that there is a separate volume containing a detailed catalogue of Section 5 of the papers.

This collection level description was prepared by Natalie Adams using information from Who Was Who 1897-1996 (A and C Black) and information from the catalogue. The remainder of the catalogue was converted into electronic form by Caroline Herbert in 2007.

Index Terms
Armed Forces
Colonial Countries
Government Policy
Military Operations
Naval Personnel
Politics
Second World War (1939-1945)
Alexander, Albert Victor (1885-1965) 1st Earl Alexander of Hillsborough, politician
Churchill/AVAR contains:
1 Early Personal Papers.
8 files.
1903–1989
2 Correspondence.
17 files.
1923–1964
3 Photographs and Printed Articles.
40 files; photograph.
1875–1960
4 London Naval Conference.
4 files.
1922–1930
5 Private Office Papers.
26 files.
1924–1964
6 Diaries.
4 files.
1942–1973
7 Press cuttings.
19 files.
1920–1967
8 Parliamentary.
31 files.
1923–1965
9 General Papers re. Co-Operative Movement.
11 files.
1937–1950
10 Miscellanea re. Co-Operative Movement.
7 files.
1923–1949
11 General Papers re. Protestant Movements.
4 files.
1948–1961
12 Speeches.
284 files.
1913–1956
13 Broadcasts.
35 files.
1934–1951
14 Pamphlets and Articles.
4 files.
1925-c 1949
15 Film, Video and Audio.
6 files.
1921–1991

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