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DOUGLAS-HOME, Charles Cospatrick (1937-1985)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Douglas-Home
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: DOUGLAS-HOME, Charles Cospatrick (1937-1985)
Date(s): Created 1942-1985
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 9 boxes or 0.09 cubic metres
Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in 1937; educated at Eton; commissioned into the Royal Scots Greys, 1956; ADC to Sir Evelyn Baring as Governor of Kenya, 1958-1959; military correspondent, 1961-1962 and political and diplomatic correspondent, 1962-1964 for the Daily Express; correspondent for The Times, 1965-1985; defence correspondent, 1965-1970; publication of The Arabs and Israel (1968) and Britain's Reserve Forces (1969); features editor, 1970-1973; publication of Rommel (1973); home editor, 1973-1978; publication of Evelyn Baring the last Proconsul (1978); foreign editor, 1978-1981; deputy editor, 1981-1982; editor, 1982-1985; died in 1985.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to writings, broadcasts and lectures, 1969-1985, including typescripts for Evelyn Baring the last Proconsul, incorporating copy source material from 1942 and correspondence with publishers; newspaper articles, 1971-1985; and memoirs of boyhood and schooldays. Papers relating to conferences and travels, 1965-1982, including typescript and manuscript accounts of visits to South Africa, Swaziland, Rhodesia and Kenya in 1976, Iran in 1978, China, Hong Kong and India, 1979 and Brazil and Chile, 1980; and diary of travels, 1976-1980. Personal papers, including invitations and correspondence, 1970-1985.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in sections as above.

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Finding aids:

Summary guide available on-line at, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1988.

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

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Description Notes

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Jun 1996

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