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Literary: correspondence and papers concerning the administration of the Chartwell Literary Trust and its role with regard to WSC's war memoirs ("The Second World War") and other works., May 1946 - Mar 1956

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 4/42

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Correspondents include: representatives of Fladgate and Company including Anthony Moir [WSC's solicitor] (23); Arthur Marder on publishing extracts from WSC's letters to 1st Lord Fisher; Brendan Bracken on radio serialisation rights and his role as a trustee (2); J de la Mare Rowley, General Editor, National Institute for the Blind (11); Sir Newman Flower [director of Cassell and Company]; 1st Lord Camrose [earlier Sir William Berry, Editor-in-Chief] of the Daily Telegraph, on his involvement with the war memoirs particularly negotiations with United States publishers (5); Michael Berry [later 1st Lord Hartwell] on photographic illustrations for the serialisation of the memoirs (2); Walter Graebner [London representative of Time-Life International]; Lewis Douglas [United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom]. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: secretaries Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford], Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel], Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], Elizabeth Gilliatt, Chips Gemmell, and Penelope Wall; [literary assistant and trust administrator] Denis Kelly; CSC.Other subjects include: matters concerning the administration and care of the trust papers, including requests for permission to publish letters, access for WSC and Randolph Churchill, and Kelly's role; Braille and mechanical rights in WSC's works; matters concerning the memoirs, including Sir Alfred Duff Cooper's [later 1st Lord Norwich] review of "Their Finest Hour" (volume 2), payments, insurance on WSC not completing them, the distribution of proofs, and press announcements; the copyright in WSC's wartime personal minutes; literary trust investments.Also includes: lists of location and ownership of papers in WSC's possession; details of publishing requests from the trust papers; copies of 1914 letters from David Lloyd George and WSC; a ?Martin Gilbert [official biographer of WSC] file note; drafts of agreement between WSC and Camrose; Ministry of Works application for building licence; note by Kelly on WSC's archives; lists of investments; cuttings and drafts of a press announcement on the publication of the war memoirs; note on WSC's method of preparing speeches.


  • Creation: May 1946 - Mar 1956

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