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BARRY, Sir Gerald Reid, 1898-1968, Kt, Journalist and Public Servant


Reference code(s): GB 0097 BARRY

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: BARRY, Sir Gerald Reid, 1898-1968, Kt, Journalist and Public Servant

Date(s): 1921-1960

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 11 boxes

Name of creator(s): Barry, Sir Gerald Reid, 1898-1968, Kt, Journalist and Public Servant


Administrative/Biographical history:

Sir Gerald Reid Barry, 1898-1968, was educated at Marlborough and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He served in the RAF during World War One, gaining the rank of captain in 1918. He subsequently spent most of his life working in newspapers, becoming the Assistant Editor of the 'Saturday Review' in 1921, and the Editor in 1924. In 1930, he founded the 'Weekend Review' of which he was Editor until 1934. During 1936, he became the Managing Editor of the 'News Chronicle', a post that he held until 1947. He was also a director of 'New Statesman' and 'Nation'. Barry was also involved in television. He was Deputy Chairman of the Committee on reform of Obscene Libel Laws: radio and television programmes, ITA and BBC, and an Executive of Granada Television Ltd. He served as Director General of the Festival of Britain 1948-1951, and after this consultant to the London County Council on the redevelopment of the Crystal Palace site. He was also one of the co-founders of PEP (Political and Economic Planning).


Scope and content/abstract:

Notebooks of Sir Gerald Barry, record conversations with Carl Goerdeler (a member of the German opposition to Hitler) and notes on British politics before and after World War Two; correspondence concerning editorial responsibilities at the 'News Chronicle'; texts of wartime broadcasts; diaries of Sir Gerald Barry's visits to France, Greece, Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland and the United States of America; a small section on the Festival of Britain consisting of a file of correspondence on the setting up of an International Design Centre and a file of correspondence on the redevelopment of Crystal Palace; one file of correspondence on censorship reform; and articles and speeches by Sir Gerald Barry and notes and drafts for his autobiography.


Language/scripts of material: English

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This collection is arranged in running number order with no subdivisions.

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Archivist's note: Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on July 15, 2002

Date(s) of descriptions: 15 July 2002

Censorship | Communication control | Communication policy
Festivals | Cultural events | Leisure time activities | Leisure
Foreign relations | International relations
Newspapers | Periodicals | Publications | Communications media | Information sciences
Politics | Political science

Personal names
Barry | Sir | Gerald Reid | 1898-1968 | Knight | journalist and public servant
Goerdeler | Carl | 1884-1945 | Mayor of Leipzig and leader Of German resistance

Corporate names
Festival of Britain | 1951
News Chronicle

Crystal Palace | Sydenham Hill | Lewisham | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Czechoslovakia | Eastern Europe
France | Western Europe | Europe
Germany | Western Europe | Europe
Greece | Western Europe | Europe
Poland | Eastern Europe
Switzerland | Western Europe | Europe
USA | North America
Crystal Palace x Penge