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Early papers, 1906 - 1961

Reference Code: GBR/0014/FEBR 1

Scope and Contents

Includes: AFB's first speech; papers relating to his imprisonment as a conscientious objector, and later papers on conscientious objectors in the 1940s; some material on AFB and the Independent Labour Party, and his subsequent move to the Labour Party; electoral papers; published and unpublished articles.


  • Creation: 1906 - 1961


Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.


1 archive box(es)


The majority of AFB's pre-war papers were lost when the Independent Labour Party headquarters were bombed during the Second World War, but a small number of early files, mainly dating from before 1950 (when AFB was elected as a Labour MP, following his break with the ILP some years before) were found when the archive was initially catalogued in 1995. These files were put into a separate series at that point, as the majority of AFB's papers dated from much later in his career. This arrangement was retained when the archive was recatalogued in 2023, with the exception of several files on the publication of AFB's correspondence with George Bernard Shaw, which have been placed in FEBR 7.

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
Churchill College
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0DS United Kingdom
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