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Greene, Sir William Graham, Secretary Of The Admiralty (1857-1950)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 GEE

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Greene, Sir William Graham, Secretary Of The Admiralty (1857-1950)

Date(s): [1913-1936]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 3 boxes

Name of creator(s): Greene | Sir | William Graham | | Knight | civil servant


Administrative/Biographical history:

Greene entered the Admiralty as a Higher Division Clerk in 1881 From 1887 to 1892 he was Private Secretary to successive First Lords and became Principal Clerk in the Secretary's department in 1902. He was Assistant Secretary of the Admiralty, 1907 to 1911, in which year he became Permanent Secretary Considerable changes in the constitution of the Admiralty Board and other departments were made in 1917 and Greene became Secretary of the Ministry of Munitions, which post he held until his retirement in 1920.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir William Graham Greene. They form a substantial collection of notes, letters, reports, and government papers concerning Greene's work and interests. Those relating to his own career range between 1913 and 1936, of which the large section of letters and memoranda written during the First World War include drafts to Lloyd George and Churchill. There are letters and articles on Lord Alfred Douglas' (1870-1945) libel suit against the Morning Post, 1923, and on the sinking of the Lusitania 1915. On post-war technical subjects there are letters from Sir James Thursfield and Sir Eustace Tennyson D'Eyncourt and on historial topics from Sir Oswyn Murray (1873-1936) and Lord William Cecil (1854-1943). Among the extracts, notes and printed papers on naval administration are lists of naval officials, dating back to the ninth century, notes on the battle of Trafalgar and on the Seven Years War.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

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Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were presented in 1950 by Sir William's nephew, Dr Raymond Greene.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Jun 2011.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2010-08-26

Battle of Trafalgar (1805) | Napoleonic Wars (1800-1815) | Wars (events)
Seven Years War (1756-1763) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)
World War One (1914-1918) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)
Administration of justice

Personal names
Cecil | Lord | William | 1854-1943 | British royal courtier
Churchill | Sir | Winston Leonard Spencer | 1874-1965 | Knight | statesman
D'Eyncourt | Sir | Eustace Gervais Tennyson | 1902-1971 | 1st Baronet | Director of Naval Construction
Douglas | Lord | Alfred Bruce | 1870-1945 | poet
George | David Lloyd | 1863-1945 | 1st Earl Lloyd George of Dwyfor | statesman
Greene | Sir | William Graham | Knight | civil servant
Murray | Sir | Oswyn Alexander Ruthven | 1873-1936 | Knight | civil servant and genealogist
Thursfield | Sir | James Richard | 1840-1923 | Knight | naval historian and journalist

Corporate names