The Papers of Viscount Whitelaw of Penrith
Scope and Contents
Personal political papers, mainly consisting of personal messages received by Whitelaw
- 1934 - 1997
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is mostly 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
Whitelaw served as the Conservative MP for Penrith and the Border Division of Cumberland, 1955-83. He was the Chief Opposition Whip, 1964-70, and Lord President of Council and Leader, House of Commons, 1970-2. He was appointed Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, 1972-3, and Employment, 1973-4, then Deputy Leader of the Opposition and spokesman on home affairs, 1975-79, and Home Secretary, 1979-83. He was elevated to the House of Lords in 1983, becoming Lord President and Leader of the Lords, 1983-88.
He published "The "Whitelaw memoirs" (1989).
4 archive box(es) : paper
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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
Papers received from Lady Whitelaw via Dr Mark Garnett, Whitelaw's official biographer in June 2002 (majority of colelction) and February 2004 (WLAW 3A and 12 only).
This catalogue was compiled by Andrew Riley of Churchill Archives Centre in February 2003.
Whitelaw, William Stephen Ian, 1918-1999, 1st Viscount Whitelaw of Penrith, politician
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