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"The Life of Joseph Chamberlain", volumes IV-VI, 1891 - 1973

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEJ 8/2

Scope and Contents

Consists of source material passed on to JA by J L Garvin, and Garvin's and JA's drafts, typescripts and proofs for JA's continuation of Garvin's official biography of Joseph Chamberlain. Garvin had finished the first three volumes between 1932 and 1934, but died in 1947 before he could complete his work. Initially, JA was supposed to end the biography with volume IV, so much of the material in this series relates to this volume, "1901-3: At the Height of his Power", which was published in 1951. However, he still had a lot of material left to cover, but was increasingly involved in his own career, so eventually published volumes V and VI, "1901-14: Joseph Chamberlain and the Tariff Reform Campaign" 18 years later in 1969.


  • Creation: 1891 - 1973


Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

The majority of the papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge, though the constituency papers and some of the correspondence and political papers remain closed.


45.5 archive box(es)

Language of Materials



Unfortunately there seemed to be very little order in these papers, and it was very hard to tell which volume the various drafts belonged to, particularly as Amery seems to have revised many of those originally planned for volume IV at a later date for volumes V-VI. They have been arranged more or less as they came in the original boxlist, and have been generally arranged as source material, manuscript drafts, typescript drafts, and proofs.

Related Materials

There are also 4 files on the Chamberlain biography found in the literary papers of Leo Amery, GBR 0014/AMEL 8/164-7.


Volumes published by J L Garvin: Vol. I, 1836-1885 (1932); Vol. II 1885-1895 (1933); Vol. III 1895-1900 (1934). Volumes published by JA: Vol. IV, 1901-1903: At the Height of his Power (1951); Vols V and VI, 1901-1914: Joseph Chamberlain and the Tariff Reform Campaign (1969).

Finding aid date

2006-01-17 13:13:03.280000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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