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Speeches, 1897 - 1945

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9

Scope and Contents

The papers in this class have been assigned as far as possible to particular speeches, but certain papers remain unassignable, partly because notes and material were used for more than one occasion and partly because of inextricable confusion. The class includes material for speeches which is not unlike some of the papers in CHAR 2 (Public and Political: General) and CHAR 8 (Literary) classes, together with notes, drafts, speaking notes, press releases, press cuttings, Hansard, copies from Hansard and the press, and prints. Some of the texts have been prepared for the printers.Originally the material for each speech was contained in its individual envelope. For conservation reasons, the papers have now been taken out, and the empty envelopes placed at the beginning of each speech.In 1963 the Chartwell Trust received from the Prime Minister's Private Office a number of files consisting mainly of speech material, 1940-45. These files have been added at the end of this class and are indexed in PREM 4/102-135.Where WSC's speeches have been published in Robert Rhodes James' "Winston S Churchill: His Complete Speeches, 1897-1963" the publication details have been included in the description of the speech.


  • Creation: 1897 - 1945

Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

The Churchill Papers are made available to researchers using Churchill Archives Centre and worldwide in digital format. The digital edition of the Churchill Papers is published by Bloomsbury Academic and is available online to subscribing institutions at The Churchill archive is freely available in our reading rooms and onsite at Churchill College (via the Churchill College wireless network). Researchers can download images of documents directly from and so are encouraged to consider bringing a laptop or other device for this purpose. For conservation reasons, the fragile originals are no longer issued to researchers.

This digital edition is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue. Some material has been closed by the Cabinet Office or by Churchill Archives Centre in accordance with data protection legislation.

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