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Annan, Noel Gilroy, Baron Annan

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 896
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Annan, Noel Gilroy, Baron Annan
Date(s): 1974-1977
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 filing cabinets
Name of creator(s): Annan | Noel Gilroy | 1916-2000 | Baron Annan | academic and historian
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Noel Gilroy Annan was born in 1916 and attended Stowe School and King's College, Cambridge. He served during World War Two in the War Office Cabinet Offices and Military Intelligence, 1940-1944, and as GSO1 at the Political Division of the British Control Commission, 1945-1946. He became a Fellow at King's College, Cambridge, in 1947, and remained there as a Lecturer in Politics from 1948 to 1966, during which period he was Provost of the College, 1956-1966. In 1966 he was appointed Provost at University College London, a post which he held until 1978. Annan was Vice-Chancellor of the University of London from 1978 to 1981. His other positions included acting as a Governor of Stowe School, 1945-1966, and Queen Mary College, London, 1956-1960; Trustee of Churchill College, Cambridge, 1958-1976, the British Museum, 1963-1980, and the National Gallery, 1978-1985; and the Director of the Royal Opera House, 1967-1978. He sat on numerous committees, most notably the Public Schools Commission, 1966-1970, and the Committee on the Future of Broadcasting, 1974-1977. In addition, Annan published several books, including Our age: portrait of a generation (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1990); Leslie Stephen: his thought and character in relation to his time (MacGibbon and Kee, London, 1951); Leslie Stephen: the godless Victorian (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1984); Changing enemies: the defeat and regeneration of Germany (HarperCollins, London, 1995); and The dons: mentors, eccentrics and geniuses (HarperCollins, London, 1999).Annan was given a life peerage in 1965. He died in 2000.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Noel Gilroy Annan, Baron Annan relating to his work as Chairman of the Committee on the Future of Broadcasting, 1974-1977.

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Closed until Feb 2007. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Given to ULL in Jul 1981 on Lord Annan's retirement as Vice-Chancellor.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Further material relating to Noel Gilroy Annan, Baron Annan, may be found at King's College, Cambridge University; the Bodleian Library, Oxford University; Cambridge University Library; the John Rylands University Library of Manchester; the University of Bristol Special Collections; Sussex University Special Collections; and the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

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:
Feb 2002

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