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ADAMS, Samuel Vyvyan Trerice, 1900-1951, MP


Reference code(s): GB 0097 ADAMS V

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: ADAMS, Samuel Vyvyan Trerice, 1900-1951, MP

Date(s): 1895-1951

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 18 boxes

Name of creator(s): Adams, Samuel Vyvyan Trerice, 1900-1951, MP


Administrative/Biographical history:

Samuel Vyvyan Trerice Adams was born on 22 April 1900 and was drowned at Helston in Cornwall on 13 August 1951. He was educated at the Kings School, Cambridge and then went on to Kings College, Cambridge, where he took the Classical Tripos, parts 1 and 11. He was called to the Bar in 1927 and worked as lawyer until 1931 when he was elected as the Conservative MP for the Leeds West Constituency, defeating a large Liberal majority. During World War II he was in the army, reaching the rank of major and continuing his duties as an MP. After being defeated in the 1945 elections he worked as a manager in industry for some time and then became the Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for the East Fulham Constituency 1947 - 1950. After failing to win election he worked as a political researcher for Conservative Central Office and was prospective candidate for Ormskirk, Lancashire and Darwen, Lancashire. He also supplemented his income by writing articles reviews and books. Under the pseudonym "Watchman" he wrote Right Honourable Gentlemen.


Scope and content/abstract:

The majority of this collection consists of correspondence between Vyvyan Adams other politicians, his constituents and letters regarding his candidacy. The collection is divided into eight sections: Section 1: Correspondence, 1924-1951; Section 2: Miscellaneous papers, 1895-1941; Section 3: Articles and transcripts, 1912-1944; Section 4: Speeches, 1933-1939; Section 5: Pamphlets and printed materials, 1914-1953; Section 6: Capital punishment, 1929-1949; Section 7: Press cuttings, 1933-1950; Section 8: Coronation souvenirs, 1937. The political correspondence and the ordered files correspondence reflects his opposition to appeasment policies and the general themes of the time. Articles and transcripts relate to political figures of the time and the publication of Right Honourable Gentlemen. Speeches cover miscellaneous topics. Pamphlets and printed material cover international issues. The capital punishment file contains miscellaneous material relating to capital punishment. Press cuttings relate to political affairs. Coronation souvenirs contain miscellaneous items relating to the 1936 coronation of Edward VIII.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The personal and constituency letters are arranged by date and within this by alphabetical order. The political correspondence and the ordered files correspondence is arranged in date order. Miscellaneous papers are arranged in date order. Articles and transcripts are arranged in date order. Speeches are arranged in date order. Pamphlets and printed material are arranged in date order. The capital punishment file is arranged in date order. Press cuttings are arranged in date order.

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Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright is held by the family.

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Finding aids:

Listed on database, bound handlist available.


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Existence and location of copies:

Selected Press Cuttings albums (7/1-7/4) have been microfilmed. Readers can use the microfilms for making copies.

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Archivist's note: Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on January 31, 2002.

Date(s) of descriptions: 31 January 2002; revised 26 Feb 2002.

Death penalty | Penal sanctions | Administration of justice
Elections | Electoral systems | Internal politics
Pacifism | Political doctrines
Political parties | Internal politics
Politicians | Political leadership | Internal politics
War | International conflicts
World War Two (1939-1945) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)
International relations

Personal names
Adams | Samuel Vyvyan Trerice | 1900-1951 | politician
Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David | 1894-1972 | Duke of Windsor | formerly Edward VIII, King of Great Britain and Ireland x Edward VIII x Windsor | Duke of

Corporate names
Conservative Party

Ethiopia | East Africa
France | Western Europe | Europe
Italy | Western Europe | Europe
Leeds | West Riding | Yorkshire | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe