The Papers of Group Captain Malcolm Christie
Scope and Contents
The core of the collection consists of the series of reports by Christie and his manuscript notes, mainly in German, the reports of his informants and his letters to Vansittart. The papers of more general interest are Christie's notes of interviews with various notable Nazis, particularly Goering, information about the German resistance and German peace workers in 1939-1940. There are also large quantities of related press cuttings. The obvious gaps are in the records of Christie's relations with Henlein and in the earlier German material presumably due to his destruction of many papers.
- 1928 - 1946
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
Christie was born 27 January 1881 in Edgbaston, Warwickshire. He gained a first class Chemistry degree at Aachen University, Germany. He joined the Royal Flying Corps, 1914-18, and continued when it became the Royal Air Force, 1919-30. He was the Air Attaché in Washington, 1922-1926, and the Air Attaché in Berlin, 1927-1930. He retired from active employment due to ill health in 1930. From 1934 he investigated the political situation in Germany and Central Europe on behalf of Sir Robert Vansittart. He had valuable contacts, from his work, in Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland. He would spend a number of months of the year in Germany and at times also acted as an intermediary between local parties. As the situation in Europe became more precarious Christie gathered more of his information from anti-Nazi informants with German government contacts of their own. The most significant of his informants was Hans Ritter (aliases included Johnnie, Knight, and Kn). Christie died on 3 November 1971.
13 archive box(es)
Language of Materials
T. P. Conwell Evans compiled a book "None so Blind", privately printed in 1947 (by Harrison & Sons Ltd.), out of Christie's papers, and for that purpose sorted them into rough date and subject groups. The existing catalogue follows that arrangement.
Other Finding Aids
A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and the National Register of Archives, London.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
According to T. P. Conwell Evans, Christie started to destroy his papers on the outbreak of war in 1939. What remained of the Christie papers were bequeathed to Mrs Enid Scott (Christie's housekeeper) and deposited at Churchill Archives Centre in 1972.
This file level description was prepared by Louise King of Churchill Archives Centre in January 2005. Biographical information was taken from "Who Was Who" (A&C Black) and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004).
Christie, Malcolm Grahame, 1881-1971, Intelligence Officer
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