"My Political Life", volume IV, 1923 - 1975-08
Scope and Contents
Leo Amery had written and published the first three volumes of his autobiography, "My Political Life", in the 1950s, covering the period up to 1940, and in 1955 produced ten draft chapters of a fourth volume. However, his death in 1955 meant that this final volume was never completed. JA intended to finish his father's work himself, following the completion of his own memoirs ["Approach March"] but other work intervened. At about the same time, David Nicholson was working on the edited version of Leo Amery's diaries, and it was decided that he should finish the volume, but unfortunately this plan doesn't appear to have ever got beyond the draft stage. The papers include original source material, particularly some of Amery's wartime correspondence and speeches, drafts (almost all Nicholson's, rather than Leo Amery's) and Nicholson's rough notes.
- 1923 - 1975-08
Conditions Governing Access
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.
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Language of Materials
These files were originally described as part of "The Diaries of Leo Amery" (AMEJ 8/4), but on investigation proved to be David Nicholson's continuation of Leo Amery's memoirs instead.
Finding aid date
- From the Fonds: Amery, Harold Julian, 1919 - 1996 (Baron Amery of Lustleigh, politician) (Person)