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British Library of Political and Economic Science

CROSLAND, Charles Anthony Raven,1918-1977, politician


Reference code(s): GB 0097 CROSLAND

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: CROSLAND, Charles Anthony Raven,1918-1977, politician

Date(s): 1920-1980

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 36 boxes

Name of creator(s): Crosland | Charles Anthony Raven | 1918-1977 | politician


Administrative/Biographical history:

Anthony Crosland was educated at Highgate School and Trinity College, Oxford. He graduated in PPE in 1946, following war service in Italy, and was a lecturer and fellow of Trinity College from 1947-1950. He was Labour MP for South Gloucester 1950-1955 and for Grimsby 1959-1977. He was Minister of State for Economic Affairs 1964-1965, Secretary of State for Education and Science 1965-1967, for Local Government and Regional Planning 1969-1970, and for the Environment 1974-1976, and Foreign Secretary 1976-1977. He was also secretary of the Independent Commission into the Co-operative Movement, 1956-1958, and a member of the Consumer's Council, 1958-1963. He married Susan Catling in 1964.


Scope and content/abstract:

This collection encompasses all the main phases of Crosland's career; his education and early career, World War II, his time as a Member of Parliament. It includes personal and professional correspondence, diaries, notes and notebooks, publications, speeches, broadcasts, photographs, and ephemera (including opera, theatre and concert programmes) and comprises the following:
Part I. Education and Early Career, 1930-1950
Section 1) Highgate School (exercise books and certificates); Section 2) Trinity College, Oxford (essays and notes, material relating to student societies, and ephemera); Section 3) War (including diaries, correspondence and notebooks).

Part II. Member of Parliament, 1950-1977
Section 4) Papers; Section 5) Ministerial; Section 6) Labour Party; Section 7) Constituency; Section 8) Official foreign visits.

Part III. Correspondence (personal and professional), 1927-1976:
Section 9) 1927-1949; Section 10) 1950-1966; Section 11) 1967-1970; Section 12) 1971-1976.

Part IV. Various, 1920 - 1980
Section 13) Books, pamphlets, articles, speeches and broadcasts (concerning socialism, economics, and political campaigning); Section 14) Co-operative Independent Commission; Section 15) Profiles and biography; Section 16) Notes, note books, press cuttings and miscellaneous (personal accounts, notes and reflections); Section 17) Susan Crosland's papers (concerning biographies of Anthony Crosland); Section 18) Crosland Additional (photographs and ephemera).

The following sections, describing printed items, have been added to the catalogue as appendices: 1. Printed articles and speeches by Crosland; 2. Pamphlets (collected by Crosland); 3. Opera, Theatre and Concert Programmes.
There are two later accessions of scrapbooks, press cuttings, photographs, war medals and correspondence, c1920-c1980, and a file on the International Monetary Fund, 1976-1987.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The collection has been divided into four major parts (Education and Early Career; Member of Parliament; Correspondence; Various) and 18 sub-sections as given in scope and content. The correspondence has been arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Conditions governing access:

Open, with the exception of (scrapbooks, press cuttings, photographs, war medals and correspondence relating to Crosland's career, c1920-c1980), which is closed.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright is held by the family.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Printed handlist and online catalogue available.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

A deposit of scrapbooks, press cuttings, photographs, war medals and correspondence, c1920-c1980 was received on 10 July 1998 (Accession Number: M 1889); A file on the International Monetary Fund, 1976-1987, was received on 22 November 1999 (Accession Number: M 2000).


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

BLPES, LSE, also holds Crosland's correspondence with the editors of the Economic Journal (Ref: BLPES/RES/6/1/105).

Oxford University: Nuffield College Library holds Crosland's correspondence with Philip Williams, 1939-1967.

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on February 1, 2002

Date(s) of descriptions: 1 Feb 2002; revised 1 Mar 2002

Cooperatives | Enterprises
Foreign relations | International relations
Regional planning | Regional development
Socialism | Collectivism | Political doctrines
War | International conflicts
World War Two (1939-1945) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)
Economic policy
Performing arts

Personal names
Crosland | Charles Anthony Raven | 1918-1977 | politician
Crosland | Susan Barnes | fl 1960 -2000 | journalist

Corporate names
Highgate School | London
Labour Party
University of Oxford | Trinity College x Oxford University | Trinity College

Avon | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Gloucester | Gloucestershire | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Grimsby | Lincolnshire | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe