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India Office and the Second World War, 1934 - 1955

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 1/6

Scope and Contents

Papers, correspondence and speeches from LSA's time in the War Cabinet as Secretary of State for India and Burma [later Myanmar], including: memoranda written by LSA on India and other subjects for the War Cabinet; telegrams and minutes issued and received by LSA on Indian political and military affairs, mainly consisting of messages to and from the Viceroy of India (initially 2nd Lord Linlithgow, [earlier Lord Hopetoun], then 1st Lord Wavell) and also the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill; papers on the formation of India's post-war constitution; general correspondence on post-war India; speeches on India and other subjects, such as trade and post-war reconstruction.


  • Creation: 1934 - 1955

Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.


12 archive box(es)

Language of Materials


Existence and Location of Copies

See also the records of the India Office at the British Library and edited versions of letters and telegrams between LSA and the Viceroy in "The Transfer of Power, 1942-7, edited by Nicholas Mansergh.

Related Materials

See also AMEL 2/3/12-13 and 2/3/16-32, for LSA's private correspondence with the Viceroy and provincial governors, and AMEJ 8/5/24 and 46, in the papers of Julian Amery, for further wartime speeches.


See also the British Documents at the End of the Empire Project, (Institute of Commonwealth Studies].

Date information

DateText: The majority of files date from 1939-45.

Finding aid date

2003-03-27 16:55:42+00:00


Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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