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The Papers of Wing Commander Sir Archibald James

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AJMS

Scope and Contents

The small collection of James' papers held at Churchill Archives Centre mainly consists of James' later recollections of his Royal Flying Corps and RAF career and on the personalities he knew.


  • Creation: 1931 - 1977

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Archibald William Henry James was born in 1893, son of late H. A. James, of Hurstmonceux Place, Sussex. He was educated at Eton College and then Trinity College, Cambridge.

From 1914-1926 he served with the 3rd Hussars, the Royal Flying Corps and the RAF. He was Unionist MP for the Wellingborough Division of Northamptonshire (1931-1945); Parliamentary Private Secretary to R. A. Butler at the India Office and Ministry of Labour (1936-1938); Board of Education (1942); then Honorary First Secretary at the British Embassy in Madrid (1940-1941).

James was married twice, to Bridget Guthrie in 1919 with whom he had one son and one daughter and then to Eugenia Stirling in 1940 with whom he had two sons. He died on 5 May 1980.


15 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

Part of the collection has been catalogued. Copies of the catalogue are available in the Reading Room at Churchill Archives Centre. The collection also contains uncatalogued material, including material previously held at Cambridge University Library (Previous reference: MS Add.10325)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was deposited at Churchill Archives Centre by Sir Archibald and his family in stages between 1969 and 2021.


This collection level description and catalogue were prepared by Natalie Adams of Churchill Archives Centre in June 2005 using information from an existing catalogue. Biographical information was obtained from James' entry in Who Was Who (A& C Black).


James, Sir Archibald William Henry, 1893-1980, Knight, Wing Commander

2005-06-14 12:22:00.847000+00:00
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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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