Conservative Party Archive: Conservative Research Department

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Catalogued in EAD by Jeremy McIlwaine and Liz McCarthy, 2012

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Table of Contents

Introduction
David Clarke, 1946-1951
Henry Hopkinson, 1948-1950
Percy Cohen, 1948-1959
    Personal Papers/Manuscripts, 1935-1964
    Director's Files, 1948-1959
Michael Fraser, 1951-1964
Brendon Sewill, 1964-1970
James Douglas, 1970-1974
Chris Patten, 1974-1979
Alan Howarth, 1979-1982
Peter Cropper, 1982-1984
Robin Harris, 1985
    Memo Books, 1985
    Letter Books, 1985


Conservative Research Department, 1946-1981

Abstract:
Conservative Research Department: Directors' papers, c.1946-1981

Shelfmarks: CRD/D

Extent: 144 shelfmarks

Organisational History

The Conservative Research Department was established in November 1929 and rapidly assumed a position of considerable importance in the Party's policy-making process. It advises Party leaders on the formulation of policy, undertakes detailed, long-term research on a wide range of issues, services Party committees from the Leader's Consultative Committee (Shadow Cabinet) downwards, provides authoritative briefs to MPs in preparation for Parliamentary debates, plays a major role in the writing of Party publications and the vetting of Party publicity, and analyses public opinion trends in order to advise the leadership on electoral strategy. Although its importance fluctuates according to the particular concerns of the Party Leader, it has always been, and remains, one of the central departments in Party organisation.

Since 1979 the Conservative Research Department has been contained, organisationally and physically, within Central Office. Before that, however, it was a separate body, housed separately and, for much of its life, organisationally independent also, with its own chairman and director. For this reason its papers have been catalogued separately from those of Central Office.

Restrictions on Access

General access conditions apply to this material.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library, Conservative Party Archive [followed by shelfmark, e.g. CRD 1/1/1].

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

Conservative Party | Conservative Research Department



David Clarke, 1946-1951

Note: [VACANT]

Note: Acted jointly as director with Percy Cohen and Henry Hopkinson, 1948-1951.

Related Material:





Henry Hopkinson, 1948-1950

Note: Acted jointly as director with Percy Cohen and David Clarke, 1948-1950. In charge of Parliamentary Secretariat, 1946-48.

Related Material:

CRD/D/2/1 Letter Books: Secretariat/Central Office business (includes Workers Charter info and various briefs) Jan.-Mar. 1948
CRD/D/2/2 Letter Books: Secretariat/Central Office business (includes Communism, Employment) Apr.-May 1948
CRD/D/2/3 Letter Books: Secretariat/Central Office business (includes Employment briefs/correspondence) June-Sept. 1948
CRD/D/2/4 Letter Books: Secretariat/Central Office business (includes reorganisation of CRD, by-election briefs) Oct.-Dec. 1948
CRD/D/2/5 Letter Books: Parliamentary and Central Office business (includes material on Socialism and Communism, US Tour) Jan.-Feb. 1949
CRD/D/2/6 Letter Books: Parliamentary and Central Office business (includes correspondence re. media coverage and Catholic vote) Mar.-Apr. 1949
CRD/D/2/7 Letter Books: Parliamentary and Central Office business (includes Churchill's messages to candidates, 'So Red the Dawn' correspondence) May-June 1949
CRD/D/2/8 Letter Books: Parliamentary and Central Office business (includes Employment, Speakers Memoranda) Sept.-Dec. 1949
CRD/D/2/9 Research Department: Parliamentary and Central Office business (includes Speakers Memoranda) 1949
CRD/D/2/10 Defence & Navy/Army/Air Force/Civil Aviation 1949
CRD/D/2/11 Fuel & Power 1949
CRD/D/2/12 Agriculture & Food 1949




Percy Cohen, 1948-1959

Note: Acted jointly as director with Henry Hopkinson and David Clarke, 1948-1950.

    Personal Papers/Manuscripts, 1935-1964

CRD/D/3/1/1 Personal papers (including some party pamphlets) 1935-1936
CRD/D/3/1/2 Scrapbook containing CBE congratulations 1936
CRD/D/3/1/3 Christmas card with photo of Hitler and Chamberlain 1938
CRD/D/3/1/4 MSS Typescript of Disraeli's Child (©1964?) [1964?]
CRD/D/3/1/5 MSS of Platform and Pen in quotation scrapbook n.d.

    Director's Files, 1948-1959

CRD/D/3/2/1 Letter Books: Blackpool Party Conference, 1950 1947-1953
CRD/D/3/2/2 Letter Books: Research enquiries/correspondence from agents, staff, constituents Nov. 1948-Mar. 1949
CRD/D/3/2/3 Letter Books: Research enquiries/correspondence from agents, staff, constituents (some answered by OW Stebbings) Dec. 1948-Mar. 1949
CRD/D/3/2/4 Letter Books: Research enquiries/correspondence from agents, staff, constituents (some answered by OW Stebbings) Feb.-May 1949
CRD/D/3/2/5 Letter Books: Research enquiries/correspondence from agents, staff, constituents (some answered by OW Stebbings) Mar.-July 1949
CRD/D/3/2/6 Letter Books: Research enquiries/correspondence from agents, staff, constituents (some answered by OW Stebbings) May-June 1949
CRD/D/3/2/7 Letter Books: Research enquiries/correspondence from agents, staff, constituents (primarily answered by OW Stebbings) July 1949-Jan. 1950
CRD/D/3/2/8 Letter Books: Research enquiries/correspondence from agents, staff, constituents (primarily answered by OW Stebbings) Nov.-Dec. 1949
CRD/D/3/2/9 Letter Books: Correspondence with area agents 1949-1951
CRD/D/3/2/10 Letter Books: primarily correspondence between Cohen and Stebbings Jan.-Feb. 1950
CRD/D/3/2/11 Letter Books: Research enquiries/correspondence from agents, staff, constituents (primarily answered by OW Stebbings) Jan.-Feb. 1950
CRD/D/3/2/12 Letter Books: Research enquiries/correspondence from agents, staff, constituents (primarily answered by OW Stebbings) Feb-Apr. 1950
CRD/D/3/2/13 Letter Books: Research enquiries/correspondence from agents, staff, constituents (especially re. constituency statistics) Mar. 1950-Oct. 1951
CRD/D/3/2/14 Letter Books: Research enquiries/correspondence from agents, staff, constituents (especially re. publications) Jan. 1958
CRD/D/3/2/15 Letter Books: Research enquiries/correspondence from agents, staff, constituents Feb. 1958
CRD/D/3/2/16 Letter Books: Research enquiries/correspondence from agents, staff, constituents Mar. 1958
CRD/D/3/2/17 Letter Books: Research enquiries/correspondence from agents, staff, constituents Apr. 1958
CRD/D/3/2/18 Letter Books: Research enquiries/correspondence from agents, staff, constituents May 1958
CRD/D/3/2/19 Letter Books: Research enquiries/correspondence from agents, staff, constituents July 1958
CRD/D/3/2/20 Letter Books: Research enquiries/correspondence from agents, staff, constituents (including draft of Goldman's Onward - In Freedom) Aug. 1958
CRD/D/3/2/21 Letter Books: Research enquiries/correspondence from agents, staff, constituents Nov. 1958
CRD/D/3/2/22 Letter Books: Office correspondence (including Major Friend election controversy, publications) 1958-1959
CRD/D/3/2/23 Letter Books: Research enquiries/correspondence from agents, staff, constituents Feb. 1959
CRD/D/3/2/24 Letter Books: Research enquiries/correspondence from agents, staff, constituents Feb.-Mar. 1959
CRD/D/3/2/25 Letter Books: Research enquiries/correspondence from agents, staff, constituents June 1959
CRD/D/3/2/26 Letter Books: Research enquiries/correspondence from agents, staff, constituents July 1959
CRD/D/3/2/27 Letter Books: Research enquiries/correspondence from agents, staff, constituents (especially re. publications) Aug. 1959
CRD/D/3/2/28 Letter Books: Research enquiries/correspondence from agents, staff, constituents Aug.-Sept. 1959




Michael Fraser, 1951-1964

Note: [VACANT]

Note: Also Deputy Chairman, 1970-1974.

Related Material:





Brendon Sewill, 1964-1970

Note: Joined CRD in Dec 1953 and specialised in Atomic Energy and Finance before becoming Head of Economic Section. Became Director in Dec. 1964.

Related Material:

CRD/D/5/1 Director's Files: CRD Briefs - publication arrangements 1964-1973
CRD/D/5/2 Director's Files: Strategy (tactics) 1965
CRD/D/5/3 Director's Files: CRD reports 1965, 1966
CRD/D/5/4 Director's Files: General business 1965-1970
CRD/D/5/5 Director's Files: Strategy (tactics, including election and 'future' strategy) 1966
CRD/D/5/6 Director's Files: 1966 GE report 1966
CRD/D/5/7 Director's Files: CRD organisation 1966-1967
CRD/D/5/8 Director's Files: Strategy (tactics) 1967
CRD/D/5/9 Director's Files: Organisation & Method Report 1967
CRD/D/5/10 Director's Files: Strategy (tactics) 1968
CRD/D/5/11 Director's Files: CRD premises/leases 1968-1971
CRD/D/5/12 Director's Files: 40th Party 1969




James Douglas, 1970-1974

Note: Joined CRD in Feb. 1952; Head of Economic Section in 1958 and Director from Sept. 1970.

Note: Private Papers of James Douglas (d.2004) have been deposited separately with the Bodleian Library but are unavailable until catalogued.

Related Material:

CRD/D/6/1 Director's Files: Role of CRD at by-elections 1967-1974
CRD/D/6/2 Director's Files: Seminar on housing, town planning, architecture, etc. 1969-1972
CRD/D/6/3 Director's Files: Policy groups (general) 1970
CRD/D/6/4 Director's Files: Home Office problems (general) 1970
CRD/D/6/5 Director's Files: Economic policy (general) 1970
CRD/D/6/6 Director's Files: Economic policy (handover to Mr. Barber) 1970
CRD/D/6/7 Director's Files: Future research (general) 1970-1971
CRD/D/6/8 Director's Files: Working Lunches) 1970-1973
CRD/D/6/9 Director's Files: Public opinion monthly meetings 1970-1973
CRD/D/6/10 Director's Files: Consumer Protection 1970-1973
CRD/D/6/11 Director's Files: Seminars 1970-1973
CRD/D/6/12 Director's Files: Situation in Ulster 1970-1974
CRD/D/6/13 Director's Files: Party Chairman's meeting (minutes) 1970-1975
CRD/D/6/14 Director's Files: Unused policy ideas (Lord Fraser) 1971
CRD/D/6/15 Director's Files: 'Selectivity Aggregated' paper (for Howell) 1971
CRD/D/6/16 Director's Files: Desmond Donnelly 1971
CRD/D/6/17 Director's Files: Seminar on the budgetary process 1971
CRD/D/6/18 Director's Files: H. Wilson/Lord George Brown memoirs (comment) 1971
CRD/D/6/19 Director's Files: Europe seminars 1971
CRD/D/6/20 Director's Files: Memo: CRD officers to Sir Fraser re. future policy Apr. 1971
CRD/D/6/21 Director's Files: Local Government elections 1971: publications 1971-1972
CRD/D/6/22 Director's Files: Local Government elections 1971-1972
CRD/D/6/23 Director's Files: Conservative Parliamentary Party meetings (EEC issues) 1972
CRD/D/6/24 Director's Files: Europe Committee meetings 1972
CRD/D/6/25 Director's Files: Urban development discussion group 1972
CRD/D/6/26 Submissions for paper on counter-inflation by James Douglas 1972
CRD/D/6/27 Director's Files: Constitutional and Library Section Oct. 1972-June 1974
CRD/D/6/28 Director's Files: Economic Section Oct. 1972-June 1974
CRD/D/6/29 Director's Files: Home Affairs Section Oct. 1972-June 1974
CRD/D/6/30 Director's Files: Local government elections 1973
CRD/D/6/31 Director's Files: M. Latham & the House-Builders Federation 1973
CRD/D/6/32 Director's Files: Presentation Party 1974
CRD/D/6/33 Notes (Bonn, Strathclyde, Swinton) and articles (Dealing with Poverty', 'Alternative Electoral Systems', 'Voting Behaviour 1970-74') c. 1974
CRD/D/6/34 Princeton Project 1947-1975




Chris Patten, 1974-1979

Note: Joined CRD in Jan. 1966 and specialised in Scottish Affairs. Left in July 1967 but re-joined in Aug. 1968, specialising in Local Government and Social Policy. Left in 1970.

Related Material:

CRD/D/7/1 Correspondence: JATD/Patten and James Prior (employment, industry) 1972-1979
CRD/D/7/2 Director's Files: Letters to individual officers 1973-1979
CRD/D/7/3 Director's Files: Party Chairman's meetings 1974
CRD/D/7/4 Director's Files: Tactical Election Committee 1974
CRD/D/7/5 Director's Files: General 1974-1975
CRD/D/7/6 Director's Files: Correspondence with Broadcasting Department 1974-1979
CRD/D/7/7 Director's Files: Correspondence with Publicity Department 1974-1979
CRD/D/7/8 Director's Files: Correspondence with Chief Accountant 1974-1979
CRD/D/7/9 Director's Files: Local Government Department correspondence 1974-1979
CRD/D/7/10 Director's Files: Organisation Department correspondence 1974-1979
CRD/D/7/11 Director's Files: Nigel Forman correspondence 1975
CRD/D/7/12 Director's Files: Referendum campaign 1975
CRD/D/7/13 Director's Files: Europe - A Campaign Guide 1975
CRD/D/7/14 Director's Files: Europe Co-ordinating Group 1975
CRD/D/7/15 Director's Files: General correspondence 1975-1976
CRD/D/7/16 Correspondence: JATD/Patten and Chief Whip 1975-1977
CRD/D/7/17 Director's Files: Correspondence with Andrew Rowe 1975-1979
CRD/D/7/18 Director's Files: Correspondence with William Clark 1975-1979
CRD/D/7/19 Correspondence: Other Shadow Ministers 1975-1979
CRD/D/7/20 Correspondence: Angus Maude 1975-1979
CRD/D/7/21 Director's Files: Correspondence with Charles Bellairs 1976-1979
CRD/D/7/22 Director's Files: Broadcasting GE 1979 & Publicity 1976-1981
CRD/D/7/23 Director's meeting minutes May 1977-June 1978
CRD/D/7/24 Director's Files: Correspondence with Chairman 1977-1979
CRD/D/7/25 Director's meeting minutes July 1978-June 1980
CRD/D/7/26 Letter Books: Research, policy and miscellaneous correspondence (labelled No. 14, with index) Jan.-Apr. 1979




Alan Howarth, 1979-1982

Related Material:

CRD/D/8/1 Director's Files: General correspondence May-Sept. 1979
CRD/D/8/2 Director's Files: General correspondence Oct.-Dec. 1979
CRD/D/8/3 Director's Files: General correspondence 1979-1981
CRD/D/8/4 Director's Files: General correspondence 1980
CRD/D/8/5 Director's Files: General correspondence Jan.-June 1980
CRD/D/8/6 Director's Files: General correspondence July-Nov. 1980
CRD/D/8/7 Director's Files: General correspondence Nov. 1980-Mar. 1981
CRD/D/8/8 Director's Files: General correspondence May-June 1981
CRD/D/8/9 Director's Files: Correspondence with agents and regional offices 1974-1981
CRD/D/8/10 Director's Files: Conservative Political Centre/NAC 1977-1981
CRD/D/8/11 Director's Files: Unemployment (Economics Section) Jan. 1978-Dec. 1980
CRD/D/8/12 Director's Files: Correspondence with MPs, including Why Work? 1978-1981
CRD/D/8/13 Director's Files: Regional success stories Nov. 1979-Feb. 1981
CRD/D/8/14 Director's Files: Centre for Policy Studies Minutes 1979-1980
CRD/D/8/15 Director's Files: Philip Tether 1979-1980
CRD/D/8/16 Director's Files: Centre for Policy Studies - general 1979-1981
CRD/D/8/17 Director's Files: Conservative Political Centre 1979-1981
CRD/D/8/18 Director's Files: Constitutional Convention Group - Centre for Policy Studies 1980-1981
CRD/D/8/19 Director's Files: Unemployment (Economics Section) 1981
CRD/D/8/20 Director's Files: Foreign Affairs section (BBC external services) 1981
CRD/D/8/21 Director's Files: Chairmen of Study Groups - Centre for Policy Studies 1981
CRD/D/8/22 Director's Files: Conservative Political Centre 1981
CRD/D/8/23 Director's Files: Staff, general 1981
CRD/D/8/24 Director's Files: Home Affairs (inner cities) 1981
CRD/D/8/25 Director's Files: Correspondence with Ministers 1981
CRD/D/8/26 Director's Files: Miscellaneous 1981
CRD/D/8/27 Director's Meeting minutes Dec. 1980-Apr. 1981




Peter Cropper, 1982-1984

CRD/D/9/1 Letter Books: Research, policy and miscellaneous correspondence Oct. 1984
CRD/D/9/2 Letter Books: Research, policy and miscellaneous correspondence Nov. 1984




Robin Harris, 1985

Note: Joined CRD in 1978 and was: Desk Officer for housing and industrial policy, 1978-81; Special Adviser (Treasury), 1981-83; Special Adviser (Home Office), 1983-85; and CRD Director, 1985-89. Left CRD in Dec. 1989.

Related Material: See also:

    Memo Books, 1985

CRD/D/10/1/1 Letter/Memo Book: Research, policy and miscellaneous correspondence Feb.-Mar. 1985
CRD/D/10/1/2 Memo Book: Research, policy and miscellaneous memos Apr. 1985
CRD/D/10/1/3 Memo Book: Research, policy and miscellaneous memos May 1985
CRD/D/10/1/4 Memo Book: Research, policy and miscellaneous memos June 1985
CRD/D/10/1/5 Memo Book: Research, policy and miscellaneous memos July 1985
CRD/D/10/1/6 Memo Book: Research, policy and miscellaneous memos Aug.-Sept. 1985
CRD/D/10/1/7 Memo Book: Research, policy and miscellaneous memos Oct. 1985
CRD/D/10/1/8 Memo Book: Research, policy and miscellaneous memos Nov. 1985
CRD/D/10/1/9 Memo Book: Research, policy and miscellaneous memos (including PPB strategy) Dec. 1985

    Letter Books, 1985

CRD/D/10/2/1 Letter Book: Research, policy and miscellaneous correspondence Apr. 1985
CRD/D/10/2/2 Letter Book: Research, policy and miscellaneous correspondence May 1985
CRD/D/10/2/3 Letter Book: Research, policy and miscellaneous correspondence June 1985
CRD/D/10/2/4 Letter Book: Research, policy and miscellaneous correspondence July 1985
CRD/D/10/2/5 Letter Book: Research, policy and miscellaneous correspondence Aug.-Sept. 1985
CRD/D/10/2/6 Letter Book: Research, policy and miscellaneous correspondence Oct. 1985
CRD/D/10/2/7 Letter Book: Research, policy and miscellaneous correspondence Nov. 1985
CRD/D/10/2/8 Letter Book: Research, policy and miscellaneous correspondence(including oil exports to Israel) Dec. 1985



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