1944 Diary, 1944-01-01 - 1944-08-11
Scope and Contents
Subjects include Mary Agnes Hamilton's work at the Ministry of Reconstruction and her dissatisfaction and possibility of a transfer; the death of George Ridley; news of Hugh Dalton's work at the Board of Trade and his separation from Ruth Dalton; her writing, including preparing her memoirs for publication as 'Remembering My Good Friends', and reflections on the purpose of autobiography; discussions with Erwin Schuller about Mary Craig McGeachy and the work of the UNRRA Welfare Division; rumours about Erwin Schuller's allegiance to Germany; bomb damage at her offices and in central London; the Education Bill; comments on political leadership during wartime; Ilse Hellmann and her training as a social worker; the Dartington Hall Arts Enquiry; rationing, including of wine; Mary Agnes Hamilton's transfer to the American Division of the Ministry of Information; experiences of V-1 flying bombs and bombing over London and the south of England; a meeting with Freya Stark; Mary Agnes Hamilton's work promoting British books for United States libraries; memories of her work on reconstruction; various social engagements; and comments on the theatre and her reading. Other individuals remarked upon include Sir Kenneth and Jane Clark, Sybil Colefax, John Gilbert Winant, Arthur and Ethel Salter, Muriel Wilde, Susan Ertz, Wilfred and Nancy Greene, Joan ('Tiger') Howard, and Louise de Rosales. With loose inserted newspaper clippings.
- 1944-01-01 - 1944-08-11
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The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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