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GIBBS, Professor Norman Henry, 1910-1990, historian

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0097 GIBBS
Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science
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Full title: GIBBS, Professor Norman Henry, 1910-1990, historian
Date(s): [1945-1950]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Gibbs | Norman Henry | 1910-1990 | historian


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1910; Open Exhibitioner, Magdalen College, Oxford University, 1928; Assistant Lecturer, University College London, 1934-1936; Fellow and Tutor in Modern History, Merton College, Oxford, 1936; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; 1st King's Dragoon Guards, 1939; Historical Section, War Cabinet Office, 1943; Chichele Professor of the History of War, University of Oxford, 1953-77; former Chairman, Naval Education Advisory Committee; former Member, International Council of the Institute for Strategic Studies; Member of the Council, Royal United Service Institution; Research Associate, Center for International Studies, Princeton, USA, 1965-66; Visiting Professor, University of New Brunswick, 1975-76, the US Military Academy, West Point, 1978-79, and the National University of Singapore, 1982-84; US Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, 1979; Emeritus Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford, 1977; died 1990.
Publications: The origins of Imperial defence (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1955); Makers of England (Oxford University Press, London, 1935); The British Cabinet system (Stevens & Sons, London, 1952); Grand strategy: rearmament policy (H.M.S.O, 1976).


Scope and content/abstract:

Notes for a proposed history of the British War Cabinet [during World War Two], [1945-1952], possibly The British Cabinet system (Stevens & Sons, London, 1952).

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Closed until listed.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Given by Professor Michael Lee in 1998.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London, holds correspondence between Gibbs and Capt Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart, 1954-1966 (Ref: LH/1/312 and 4/29); Birmingham University Library has correspondence with Robert Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon, 1959-1966 (Ref: AP 24/31).

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996 (A & C Black, 1996); British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97; Historical Manuscripts Commission National Register of Archives. 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:
Oct 2000

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