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Williams / Gaitskell Papers

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0103 WILLIAMS
Held at: University College London
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Full title: Williams / Gaitskell Papers
Date(s): [1910-1982]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 13 boxes
Name of creator(s): Williams | Philip M | d 1984 | Labour economist and industrial relations expert


Administrative/Biographical history:

Philip Williams read history at Trinity College, Oxford, graduating in 1940; he was a member of the Labour Party at 16 and a member of the Oxford anti-Fascist movement in the 1930s; active in the Campaign for Democratic Socialism and a 'confirmed Gaskellite'; Labour economist and industrial relations expert at Nuffield College, Oxford; published a biography of Hugh Gaitskell in 1979; died, 1984.

Publications: Hugh Gaitskell: A Political Biography (1979, second edition 1982)


Scope and content/abstract:

Research papers of Philip Williams for his biography of Hugh Gaitskell, including manuscript notes arranged by chapter, typescript drafts of chapters and annotated proofs; a limited amount of original Gaitskell material including a manuscript notebook entitled 'Journey to Israel' with shorthand notes at the back, photographs of Gaitskell and offprints of articles by Gaitskell; photocopies of original Gaitskell papers including his diaries and correspondence; transcripts of interviews with Gaitskell's family, friends and colleagues and related correspondence; correspondence including with Gaitskell's family and with publishers; press cuttings and photocopies of press cuttings relating to Gaitskell; press cuttings including reviews and publicity for the biography; papers relating to the publication of Gaitskell's diary and photocopies of papers and diaries of Gaitskell's political contemporaries.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Original order.

Conditions governing access:

Restricted access. Please contact UCL Special Collections for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Normal copyright restrictions apply.

Finding aids:

Box list.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Deposited in Nuffield College, Oxford, by Philip Williams. Transferred to UCL in 1999.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received from Nuffield College, Oxford, 1999.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: Political Studies (1985). XXXIII, pp. 179-180.

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:
Sep 2008; updated July 2018

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