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The Papers of Dame Enid Russell-Smith

 Fonds
Reference Code: GBR/0014/RUSM

Scope and Contents

Papers mainly comprising letters to her brother and sisters, with a draft memoir, speeches and other correspondence.

Dates

  • 1941 - 1986

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

Enid Russell-Smith was born in Esher, Surrey, 3 March 1903, the daughter of Arthur Russell-Smith and Constance Mary Dilke. She was educated at St Felix School, Southwold, and Newnham College, Cambridge, 1922-5.

In 1925 she became one of the first women to enter the Civil Service by competitive examination and joined the Ministry of Health as Assistant Principal. She remained in the Ministry of Health and was promoted to Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary, 1930-4; Principal, 1934-9; and Assistant Secretary, from 1939. During the Second World War she was involved in organising the evacuation of children from major cities to the country. She also played an important role in the post-war establishment of the National Health Service. She was Principal Assistant Secretary; Under-Secretary, 1946-57; and Deputy Secretary, 1957-63.

She retired from the Civil Service in 1963 and became Principal of St Aidan's College, Durham University, 1963-70. She continued as a part-time Lecturer in Politics at Durham until 1986. She died at her home in the city, 12 July 1989.

She was an honorary fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge, 1974-89. She was appointed DBE, 1953.

Her publications include: "Modern Bureaucracy: the Home Civil Service" (1974).

Extent

9 archive box(es)

Language of Materials

English

Other Finding Aids

Copies of the collection level description and catalogue are available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and the National Register of Archives, London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were bequeathed to Churchill Archives Centre by Dame Enid Russell-Smith, 1989, and received after her death, 1990.

Related Materials

Dame Enid Russell-Smith's letter to her brother from 1963 are held by Durham University Library.

General

This collection level description was prepared by Sophie Bridges, December 2004. The papers were catalogued in 1990. Biographical information was obtained from Dame Enid Russell-Smith's obituary in "The Times", 17 July 1989; "Who's Who 1897-1996"; and the website of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Originator(s)

Smith, Dame Enid Mary Russell Russell-, 1903-1989, civil servant

Date
2004-11-30 11:37:12+00:00
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Contact:
Churchill Archives Centre
Churchill College
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0DS United Kingdom
+44 (0)1223 336087

The UK Archival Thesaurus has been integrated with our catalogue, thanks to Kings College London and the AIM25 project for their support with this.