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The Papers of Agnes Headlam-Morley

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AGHM

Scope and Contents

Agnes Headlam-Morley's papers include: literary notes and drafts, mainly relating to her work on her father's memoir and later history of the Paris Peace Conference; a large amount of rough academic papers, including research and lecture notes; a series of notebooks on current affairs, particularly on Germany (especially the control of Berlin) and East-West relations at the height of the Cold War, including both AHM's own observations and extracts from the German and British press; and a small amount of correspondence and collected papers.


  • Creation: 1915 - 1985


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 holder and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Agnes Headlam-Morley was born on 10 December 1902, the younger child of James Headlam [later Headlam-Morley] and his German wife Else. Agnes was educated at Wimbledon High School (Girls Public Day School Trust) and studied history at Somerville College, University of Oxford.

She became a Fellow and Tutor in politics at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, in 1932, and was also adopted as a prospective Conservative Candidate for the Barnard Castle Division of Durham, in 1936 (having previously acted as research worker and election helper for her cousin, Cuthbert Headlam, who was MP for the same seat until 1935). Agnes remained a Fellow at St Hugh's for nearly 40 years, retiring in 1970, and in 1948 became the Montague Burton Professor of International Relations (the first woman to hold a full professorship at Oxford). She was also an honorary fellow of Somerville College, Oxford, (1948), a Member of St Antony’s College and also of the Academic Council, Wilton Park. She was a founder member of the Anglo-German Association, and was received into the Roman Catholic Church in 1948. Agnes Headlam-Morley died on 21 February 1986.

Though active in teaching, Agnes's publications are mostly editions of her father's work. They include: "The New Democratic Constitutions of Europe" (her thesis, published in 1929); "Studies in Diplomatic History", by Sir James Headlam-Morley, which she edited with her brother Kenneth Headlam-Morley (1930); "Arthur Cayley Headlam" (a memoir published in The Fourth Gospel as History by A. C. Headlam, 1948); "Last Days", 1960; "A Memoir of the Peace Conference of Paris 1919" by Sir James Headlam-Morley, which she edited (1972); an essay on Gustav Stresemann in The History Makers, edited by Sir John Wheeler-Bennett and Lord Longford (1973); a contribution to the Longford Report on Pornography (1976); articles and reviews in Trivium and History Today.


32 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers of both Agnes and Sir James Headlam-Morley have been deposited at Churchill Archives Centre in 7 different accessions between 1986 and 2019 by Agnes Headlam-Morley, Lorna Headlam-Morley (Sir James's daughter-in-law) and Peter Headlam-Morley.

Related Materials

See also the papers of Agnes's father Sir James Headlam-Morley, GBR/0014/HDLM, and the Headlam-Morley Associated papers, GBR/0014/HDLM AS. The papers of her mother Else Headlam-Morley and of the Headlam family in general are held at Durham University Archives.


This collection (fonds) level description of the papers was compiled by Katharine Thomson of Churchill Archives Centre in 2021, using information obtained from box-lists to the papers, from Who's Who 1897-1996 (A&C Black) and Agnes's entry in the Dictionary of National Biography.

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