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The Papers of Viscount Whitelaw of Penrith

Reference Code: GBR/0014/WLAW

Scope and Contents

Personal political papers, mainly consisting of personal messages received by Whitelaw


  • Creation: 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).

Related Materials

Further papers relating to Whitelaw's family estates in Scotland are held by Glasgow University Archives (list on CAC collection file)


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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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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