Conservative Party Archive: Published Material

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Jeremy McIlwaine
2018



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Printed and Published Material: Election leaflets and handbills

1880-1968

Abstract:
Printed and Published Material: Conservative Party election leaflets, 1880-1968.

Extent: 27 shelfmarks
Language(s) of Material: English, English

Full range of shelfmarks:

PUB 24-PUB 86

Organisational History

The Conservative Party Archive (CPA) preserves the records of the Conservative Party's central and national organisations (primarily what were formerly known before recent changes of name as Conservative Central Office and the National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations) along with certainregional records. It is recognised by the Conservative Party as the official repository for its historic records and those of affiliated organisations, and receives new material on a regular basis

The CPA was established as a source for academic study at the Bodleian Library in 1978 by an agreement made between the University of Oxford and the Conservative Party, and brought together surviving historic papers of the Party previously held in various locations including Newcastle University Library and the former Conservative Central Office in Smith Square, London. Since 1996, ownership and financial responsibility for the CPA has been vested in the Conservative Party Archive Trust

Papers held in the Archive represent all three areas of Party organisation: elected, through the papers of the 1922 Committee, Shadow Cabinet and Chief Whip's Office; voluntary, through the papers of the National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations (including its Provincial Councils) and its successor the National Conservative Convention; and professional, through the working files of the Conservative Research Department, Conservative Central Office (including its Area Offices) and its successor, Conservative Campaign Headquarters and their many departments and committees. With few exceptions the Archive does not generally hold the private papers of individuals; rather it holds papers created by them in the course of carrying out their official Party duties

Although the parliamentary party constitutes the longest-established element of Conservative Party organisation, dating back to the Tory grouping in the House of Commons of the 17th century, the papers of the National Union are by far the oldest in the Archive, with a virtually unbroken series of minutes dating back to 1867. Conservative Central Office was established in 1870, but many records were lost to salvage drives during the War, and a number of moves by Central Office since led to the destruction of still more, particularly from the period before 1939. As a result, the Archive consists predominantly of post-Second World War material. The records of the Conservative Research Department, housed separately from Conservative Central Office until 1979, date back to its foundation in 1929.

Scope and Content

Included in this series are leaflets, handbills, and car stickers etc, printed and circulated as part of national Conservative Party campaigns (i.e, for nationwide local, general and European election campaigns), rather than election literature printed and circulated within individual constituencies.

Material dating up to 1968, comprising leaflets and handbills issued by Conservative Central Office and the National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations and their successors, was formerly bound into a series of roughly chronological volumes by Conservative Central Office in order of publication date, together with pamphlets and occasionally posters. In 2011 these volumes were dismantled to enable the pamphlets and posters to be catalogued separately, and conservation work to be carried out on the leaflets. From the late 1960s but particularly since the 1980s, additional leaflets received by the Conservative Party Archive have come in the form of direct mailing samples sent out to potential voters. These have not yet been catalogued, but will be included in an updated version of this catalogue in due course.

Restrictions on Access

General access conditions apply to this material

Acquisition

The Conservative Party.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library, Conservative Party Archive [followed by shelfmark, e.g. PUB 24/1].

Related Material

Leaflets produced for parliamentary by-elections:

Samples of election literature produced for specific parliamentary by-elections, may be found with the file(s) relating to those by-elections, which can be found in the following series:

Election Aids and locally adapted election leaflets:

Sample packs of election literature, sometimes called 'Election Aids', which often included template designs for local adaptation, were produced by the Organisation Department at Conservative Central Office (for general elections) and by the Local Government Department (for local election campaigns) and have been listed in the respective catalogues of those departments' records. Cross-references to them have been included below:-

Election addresses (parliamentary elections only):

For Election Addresses issued by individual MPs and Prospective Parliamentary Candidates of all parties, for all constituencies, for all general elections and by-elections since 1922, see separate catalogue PUB/F

Corporate name(s) (NCA Rules)

Conservative Party | Conservative Central Office
Conservative Party | National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations
Conservative Party

Subject(s)

19th century
21st century
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 20th century

Descriptive List

Leaflets
Date: 1880-1885
Shelfmark: PUB 24/1-2; PUB 25/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises the following:-

Leaflets
Date: 1886-1891
Shelfmark: PUB 25/2-3; PUB 26/3-5
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises the following:-

Leaflets
Date: 1892
Shelfmark: PUB 26/1-2; PUB 27/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Leaflets
Date: 1893-1896
Shelfmark: PUB 27/2-4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises the following:-

Leaflets
Date: 1897-1900
Shelfmark: PUB 28/1-2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises the following:-

Leaflets
Date: 1901-1904
Shelfmark: PUB 29/1-2; PUB 30/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises the following:-

Leaflets
Date: 1905
Shelfmark: PUB 30/2; PUB 31/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises the following:-

Leaflets
Date: 1906-1908
Shelfmark: PUB 31/2-5
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises the following:-

Leaflets
Date: 1909
Shelfmark: PUB 32/1-2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises the following:-

Leaflets
Date: 1910
Shelfmark: PUB 33/1-2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises the following:-

Related Material

See also, shelfmark: PHOTO 39/1: large volume containing samples of 1910 General Election posters and postcards issued


Leaflets
Date: 1911-1912
Shelfmark: PUB 34/1-2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises the following:-

Leaflets
Date: 1913-1914
Shelfmark: PUB 35; PUB 36
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises the following:-

Leaflets
Date: 1918-1921
Shelfmark: PUB 37/1/1-2; PUB 37/2-3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises the following:-

Leaflets
Date: 1922-1923
Shelfmark: PUB 38/1-3; PUB 39/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises the following:-

Leaflets
Date: 1924-1925
Shelfmark: PUB 40; PUB 43; PUB 44
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises the following:-

Leaflets
Date: 1926-1928
Shelfmark: PUB 46/1; PUB 46A/1-2; PUB 47; PUB 48
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises the following:-

Leaflets
Date: 1929
Shelfmark: PUB 46/2; PUB 46A/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises the following:-

Leaflets
Date: 1930-1931
Shelfmark: PUB 51; PUB 52/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises the following:-

Leaflets
Date: 1932-1935
Shelfmark: PUB 52/2; PUB 53/1-2; PUB 54/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises the following:-

Related Material

See also, shelfmark: CRD 1/7/30: Leaflets, posters and miscellaneous addresses - 1935 General Election


Leaflets
Date: 1936-1938
Shelfmark: PUB 54/2; PUB 55
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises the following:-

Leaflets
Date: 1945-1947
Shelfmark: PUB 58; PUB 60/1; PUB 61
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises the following:-

Related Material

See also, shelfmark: CCO 600/14/8: 1945 General Election leaflets


Leaflets
Date: 1949-1951
Shelfmark: PUB 62; PUB 66; PUB 68
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises the following:-

Leaflets
Date: 1952-1954
Shelfmark: PUB 69; PUB 70; PUB 71
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises the following:-

Leaflets
Date: 1955-1956
Shelfmark: PUB 72/1; PUB 72/3; PUB 73A
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises the following:-

Related Material

See also, shelfmark: CCO 600/14/5: Chief Publicity Officer - publicity materials: posters, leaflets, car stickers etc., 1955 General Election


Leaflets
Date: 1957-1959
Shelfmark: PUB 73B; PUB 73C/1-2; PUB 74A
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises the following:-

Related Material

See also:-


Leaflets
Date: 1960-1962
Shelfmark: PUB 74B; PUB 74D; PUB 74E; PUB 79-80; PUB 81
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises the following:-

Related Material

See also:-


Leaflets
Date: 1965-1968
Shelfmark: PUB 82; PUB 83B; PUB 84; PUB 86
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises the following:-

Related Material

See also:-



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