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The Papers of Asa Briggs

Title The Papers of Asa Briggs
Reference GBR/0014/BRIG
Creator Briggs, Asa, b 1921, Baron Briggs of Lewes, historian
Covering Dates 1991–2002
Extent and Medium 18 archive boxes
Repository Churchill Archives Centre
Content and context

Asa Briggs was born in Keighley, Yorkshire, 7 May 1921, the son of William Walker Briggs and Jane Briggs. He was educated at Keighley Grammar School and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, BA, 1941; he also took an external degree at London University, BSc Economics, 1941. He married Susan Anne Banwell, 1955, with whom he had two sons and two daughters.

He served in the Intelligence Corps, 1942-5. He was a fellow of Worcester College, Oxford, 1945-55; Reader in Recent Social and Economic History, Oxford University, 1950-5; a faculty fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, 1953-5; a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1953-4; and Professor of Modern History, Leeds University, 1955-61.

He was Professor of History, 1961-76, Dean of the School of Social Studies, 1961-5, Pro Vice-Chancellor, 1961-7, and Vice-Chancellor, 1967-76, of Sussex University. He became Provost of Worcester College, Oxford, 1976-91, and Chancellor of the Open University, 1978-94.

He was created a life peer, as Lord Briggs of Lewes, 1976. He is an honorary fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, 1968-; Worcester College, Oxford, 1969-; and St Catharine's College, Cambridge, 1977-.

His publications include: (with Thomson and Meyer) "Patterns of Peace-making" (1945); "History of Birmingham 1865-1938" (1952); "Victorian People" (1954); "Friends of the People" (1956); "The Age of Improvement" (1959); editor, "Chartist Studies" (1959); (with John Saville) editor, "Essays in Labour History", 3 volumes (1960-77); editor, "They Saw it Happen, 1897-1940" (1961); "A Study of the Work of Seebohm Rowntree, 1871-1954" (1961); "History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom", 5 volumes (1961-95); "Victorian Cities" (1963); "William Cobbett" (1967); "How They Lived, 1700-1815" (1969); editor, "The Nineteenth Century" (1970); (with Susan Briggs) editor, "Cap and Bell" (1972); editor, "Essays in the History of Publishing" (1974); "Iron Bridge to Crystal Palace: impact and images of the Industrial Revolution" (1979); "Governing the BBC" (1979); "The Power of Steam" (1982); "Marx in London" (1982); "A Social History of England" (1983); "Toynbee Hall" (1984); "Collected Essays", 3 volumes (1985-91); "The BBC: the first fifty years" (1985); (with Joanna Spicer) "The Franchise Affair" (1986); "Victorian Things" (1988); "Haut Brion" (1994); "The Channel Islands, Occupation and Liberation, 1940-5" (1995); joint editor, "Fins de Siècle: how centuries end 1400-2000" (1996); (with Patricia Clavin) "Modern Europe 1789-1989" (1997); "Chartism" (1998); "Go To It! victory on the Home Front 1939-1945" (2000); "Michael Young, Social Entrepreneur" (2001); and (with Peter Burke) "A Social History of the Media" (2002).

Papers relating to a biography of Michael Young, comprising drafts, notes and correspondence.

The papers were given to Churchill Archives Centre by Asa Briggs, 2003.

Access and Use

The collection is closed until it has been catalogued.

Once the collection has been opened, researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Please cite as Churchill Archives Centre, The Papers of Asa Briggs, BRIG

Further information

Churchill Archives Centre also holds the papers of Michael Young.

Copies of this collection level description are available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, the National Register of Archives, London, and on the Janus website, http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk.

This collection level description was prepared by Sophie Bridges, March 2004. Information was obtained from "Who's Who" (A and C Black).

Index Terms
Young, Michael (1915-2002) Baron Young of Dartington, sociologist
Briggs, Asa (b 1921) Baron Briggs of Lewes, historian
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