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The Papers of Sir William Barker

Reference Code: GBR/0014/BRKR

Scope and Contents

The papers held at Churchill Archives Centre relate to affairs and events in Czechoslovakia [Czech Republic and Slovakia] and the Soviet Union and shed light on British diplomacy during the Cold War.


  • Creation: 1940 - 1990


Conditions Governing Access

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

Biographical / Historical

William Barker was born 19 July 1909, the son of Alfred Barker. In 1939 he married Margaret Beirne with whom he had one son and one daughter.

Barker was employed in Foreign Office in 1943 and held a number of positions including First Secretary, Prague, 1945; Foreign Service Officer, Grade 7, Senior Branch of Foreign Service, 1946; Chargé d’Affaires, Prague, 1947. He transferred to Moscow in August 1947 and was granted rank of Counsellor in December 1948. Barker was then Counsellor and Chargé d’Affaires in Oslo, 1951; Consul-General, Boston, Massachusetts, September 1954; Counsellor, Washington, 1955; Minister, Moscow, 1960-63; Fellow, Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, 1963-64; Assistant Under-Secretary of State, Foreign Office, 1965-66; Ambassador to Czechoslovakia, 1966-68. He was Bowes Professor of Russian at the University of Liverpool from 1969-76. He died on 8 January 1992.


1 archive box(es) (1 box (6 files)) : paper

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Other Finding Aids

The collection has been catalogued. A copy of the catalogue is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were deposited at Churchill Archives Centre in March 1993 by Lady Barker.


The collection was catalogued by Natalie Adams, 20 February 2002, following the provisional arrangement prepared by Tamsin Pert in 1996. Biographical information was obtained from Barker's entry in Who Was Who (A and C Black). Catalogue updated in May 2003 to reflect change in access conditions.


Barker, William, 1909-1992, knight, diplomat and Professor of Russian

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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