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The Papers of Clement Attlee, Earl Attlee

Reference Code: GBR/0014/ATLE

Scope and Contents

The small collection of Clement Attlee's papers held at Churchill Archives Centre consists of material relating to Attlee's autobiography (published in 1954), "As It Happened" (Heinemann) and some correspondence.


  • Creation: 1883 - 1955

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

3 Jan 1883: Born in Putney. 1892: Preparatory School, Northern Place, Potters Bar. 1896: Haileybury College. Oct 1901: University College, Oxford. 1906: Called to the Bar. 1907: Manager of Haileybury College Boys' Club, Stepney. 1910: Secretary of Toynbee Hall, Whitechapel. 1913: Lecturer at London School of Economics. 1914: Lieutenant, 6th South Lancs. Regt. 1915: Gallipoli. 1919: Demobilised as a Major. 1919: Mayor of Stepney. 1922: M.P. for Limehouse. 1923: Under Secretary of State for War. 1930: Chancellor of Duchy of Lancaster. 1931: Postmaster General. 1935: Leader of Labour Party. 1940: Lord Privy Seal. 1942: Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for the Dominions. 1943: Lord President of the Council. 1945: Prime Minister. 1950: M.P. for West Walthamstow. 1951: Resigned. Leader of the Opposition. 1955: Earl Attlee. 8 Oct 1967: Died in London, buried in Westminster Abbey. Publications: "As It Happened" (London, 1954), "A Prime Minister Remembers" by Francis Williams (London, 1961).


5 archive box(es)

2 item(s) (2 microfilms)

Language of Materials



The first file (marked "Biography Material", now ATLE 1) contained some early drafts of his autobiography and the other (marked "Income Tax", now ATLE 2) contained correspondence with Churchill and other letters. Neither file was arranged in order, but the contents of each had clearly been carefully selected.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Copies of the papers must be taken from the microfilm ATLE 3/2.

Other Finding Aids

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Lord Attlee deposited this small collection at Churchill College in April 1965.

Existence and Location of Copies

ATLE 3/2 is a microfilm copy of the collection. It is not issued in place of the collection as the divisions between one file and the next are not clear and it might be difficult to establish references clearly and accurately.

Related Materials

The Bodleian Library, Oxford, holds most of Lord Attlee's papers (reference GB 0161 MSS Attlee). A description of the collection is available on the Archives Hub (


Lord Attlee's autobiography "As It Happened" (London, 1954).


This collection level description and catalogue were prepared by Natalie Adams of Churchill Archives Centre in March 2005, using information from the original catalogue to the collection (1967).


Attlee, Clement Richard, 1883-1967, 1st Earl Attlee, statesman

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
Churchill College
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0DS United Kingdom
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