Personal and family correspondence, 1870 - 1943
Scope and Contents
Sir James Headlam-Morley's papers include: a large amount of personal correspondence with family, friends and colleagues; some personal papers, including Else Headlam's diaries; a voluminous series of literary papers, ranging from Headlam-Morley's early academic work on classical subjects to his later interest in more modern German history, particularly relating to Bismarck, and articles and pamphlets written while working for the various propaganda departments during the war and afterwards as Historical Adviser to the Foreign Office; papers from his work in university education, including the University Extension movement, meant for those unable to attend university, and also as an inspector of secondary schools for the Board of Education, mainly relating to the teaching of history, classics and modern languages; a large number of papers and correspondence from his wartime propaganda work for the Department of Information and the Foreign Office, from the Versailles Conference, and also his post-war work as Historical Adviser to the Foreign Office.
- 1870 - 1943
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
32 archive box(es)
Language of Materials
Some of Headlam's correspondence was sorted into year order by Dr Christopher Stray in the 1990s; several other boxes of family letters were left as they were. As it was impossible to tell whether there was originally any distinction between family letters and more general correspondence in the material already sorted by Dr Stray, a split was made on cataloguing the papers, between the boxes of family letters (HDLM 1/1) and more general correspondence (HDLM 1/3), though there are numerous family letters in 1/3 as well as in 1/1.
Finding aid date
- From the Fonds: Morley, James Wycliffe Headlam, Sir (1863-1929, Knight, civil servant, historian) (Person)