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GARDINER, Alfred George, 1865-1946, author and journalist


Reference code(s): GB 0097 GARDINER

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: GARDINER, Alfred George, 1865-1946, author and journalist

Date(s): 1887-1947

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 24 boxes

Name of creator(s): Gardiner | Alfred George | 1865-1946 | author and journalist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Alfred George Gardiner, 1865-1946, was born in Chelmsford and worked for the Chelmsford Chronicle and the Bournemouth Directory as a boy. In 1887 he became a member of staff of the Northern Daily Telegraph in Blackburn and in 1899 became editor of the Blackburn Weekly Telegraph. In 1902 he was appointed editor of the Daily News which he made into one of the leading liberal journals of the day. After a period of disagreements with the Cadbury family, who owned the Daily News, over his opposition to Lloyd George, he resigned. From 1915 he also contributed to the Star under the pseudonym 'Alpha of the Plough'.


Scope and content/abstract:

The majority of this collection consists of letters to Gardiner, written mainly when he was editor of the Daily News. There are also press cuttings on subjects of interest to Gardiner, including Sir William Harcourt and Lloyd George, and press cuttings of Gardiner's own journalism.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

This collection is arranged in 7 sections: 1) General Correspondence (arranged alphabetically by correspondent), 1897-1946; 2) Family Letters, 1896-c1920; 3) Diaries and Writings, c1880-1945; 4) Materials collected and compiled by Gardiner for a study of David Lloyd George, c1921- c1923; 5) Press cuttings, 1817-1946; 6) Legal and Financial Papers, 1865-1940; 7) Various (including photographs, family memorabilia, and ephemera), c1880-1941; Appendix) Photocopies of letters to Gardiner retained by his family, c1907-c1917.

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Copyright is retained by Gardiner's family.

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Printed handlist and online catalogue available.


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Archivist's note: Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on March 27, 2002

Date(s) of descriptions: 27 Mar 2002

Newspapers | Periodicals | Publications | Communications media | Information sciences

Personal names
Gardiner | Alfred George | 1865-1946 | author and journalist
George | David Lloyd | 1863-1945 | 1st Earl Lloyd George of Dwyfor | statesman x Lloyd George of Dwyfor | 1st Earl
Harcourt | Sir | William George Granville Venables | Vernon- | 1827-1904 | Knight | statesman x Vernon-Harcourt | Sir | William George Granville Venables

Corporate names
Blackburn Weekly Telegraph | newspaper
Daily News | newspaper
Liberal Party
Northern Daily Telegraph | newspaper
Star | newspaper