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Ministry of Information

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0097 COLL MISC 0148
Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science
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Full title: Ministry of Information
Date(s): 1940-1941
Level of description: collection
Extent: 50 boxes
Name of creator(s): Ministry of Information


Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1917 the Prime Minister David Lloyd George (1863-1945) set up a Ministry of Information. The newspaper magnate Lord Beaverbrook (1879-1964) was put in overall charge of the organisation as Minister of Information. Other appointments included the Managing Director of United Newspapers Ltd, Robert Donald (1860-1933), who became Director of Propaganda in Neutral Countries) and Lord Northcliffe, (1865-1922), another newspaper magnate, who became Director of Propaganda in Enemy Countries. The Ministry evolved from Lloyd George's decision in December 1916 to invite Donald to write a report on the effectiveness of the secret War Propaganda Bureau. As result of Donald's recommendations, the government established a Department of Information, which in turn became the Ministry of Information.


Scope and content/abstract:

Newspaper cuttings, Ministry of Information bulletins and notes on social conditions in Great Britain in war time, collected by the London Region of the Ministry of Information.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on May 8, 2002

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8 May 2002

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