Catalogue of papers of Sir Willoughby Hyett Dickinson, later Baron Dickinson, concerning the League of Nations movement

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Papers of Sir Willoughby Hyett Dickinson, later Baron Dickinson, concerning the League of Nations movement in England, 1914-1944

Abstract:
The collection includes papers and pamphlets by Dickinson and others, and papers of the League of Nations Society and the League to Enforce Peace.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. Hist. c. 402 -407
Extent: 6 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Willoughby Hyett Dickinson, 1st Baron Dickinson, (1859-1943) was one of the originators of the League of Nations, and Chairman of the League of Nations Society. Details are given in Who Was Who.

Acquisition

Given to the Library by the Rt. Hon. Viscountess Davidson D. B. E. in 1963.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. Hist. c. 402, fols. 1-2].

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Dickinson | Willoughby Hyett | 1859-1943 | 1st Baron Dickinson | politician

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

League of Nations
League to Enforce Peace

Subjects (LCSH)

Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 20th century

Descriptive List


Papers by Dickinson and others concerning the proposals for a League of Nations, 1914-1918
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. Hist. c. 402
Extent: 260 leaves

Scope and Content:

Including folder containing

  • (fol. 2) Proposals for reducing the number of future wars, by Viscount Bryce, revised to 24 Feb 1915
  • (fol. 12) same as amended after receipt of criticisms, Aug 1915
  • (fol. 28) same amended, Nov 1915
  • (fol. 44) same amended, Jun 1916
  • (fol. 60) 'Introduction', a paper on the desirability of an International Union, n.d.
  • (fol. 69) Memorandum by Graham Wallas, 8 Feb 1915
  • (fol. 73) letters from A. Lawrence Lowell to G. Lowes Dickinson concerning the League to Enforce Peace, 17 Aug 1915
  • (fol. 75) letter from Theodore Marburg to E. Richard Cross, 28 Sep 1915
  • (fol. 81) 'Notes on a few of the suggestions already made towards a means of regulating international relations', n.d.
  • (fol. 89) 'Suggestion for University study groups to investigate the problem of international relations', n.d.
  • (fol. 94) 'Notes on Lord Bryce's memorandum' by E. Richard Cross, 27 Nov 1914
  • (fol. 97) Lord Bryce's Notes 'When the war comes to an end', [1914]
  • (fol. 100) G. Lowes Dickinson's Notes, n.d.
  • (fol. 112) Arthur Ponsonby's Notes, 1914
  • (fol. 125) Graham Wallas's Notes, n.d.
  • (fol. 132) Lord Bryce, 'Memorandum on Mr. J. A. Hobson's Notes', 1915
  • (fol. 135) Mr. J. A. Hobson's Notes [1915], (fol. 141) 'Notes on Lord Bryce's Memorandum', n.d.
  • (fol. 145) draft circular, being an abstract of a speech made by H. H. Asquith in Dublin, 25 Sept [1915]
  • (fol. 149) Summary of replies to the Proposals for the Avoidance of War, [1915]

And

  • (fol. 179) Quotations from leading statesmen on the subject of international relationships after the war, 1916
  • (fol. 184) 'Plan of a League of Nations', [1916]; (fol. 193) 'A League of Nations', by W. H. Dickinson, 1917
  • (fol. 198) 'A League of Nations Now', 1918

With papers by W. H. Dickinson, 1918, including

  • (fol. 203) letter to the Editor of 'Outlook', Jan
  • (fol. 209) address to the Huddersfield Liberal Association, 2 Feb
  • (fol. 233) 'Liberalism and a League of Nations; address to the London Liberal Federation, 11 Jun
  • (fol. 247) Preface a paper on the need for a League of Nations
  • (fol. 251) paper entitled 'Liberalism and a League of Nations'
  • (fol. 255) paper entitled 'Reduction of Armaments'

Papers, 1916-1939
Shelfmark: MS. Eng hist. c. 403
Extent: 258 leaves

Scope and Content:

Including folder of papers written by Dickinson, 1919 containing

  • (fol. 4) 'The League of Nations and the Student Christian Movement,'
  • (fol. 9) 'A World Covenant', an address given in S. Matthews Church, Kensington, 30 Mar, two copies
  • (fol. 35) 'The League of Nations Movement', (fol. 49) 'The League of Nations as devised by the Peace Conference'

And correspondence concerning the League of Nations Movement, 1916-1939, including

  • (fols. 60, 118) letters from G. Lowes Dickinson, [1917] 4 Jun and 5 Jun 1918
  • (fol. 62) letter from Francis Pember, 8 Jan 1917
  • (fol. 63) letter from Joseph G. Alexander, 20 Jan 1917
  • (fol. 68) letter from R. L. Borden to Lord Bryce, 28 Apr 1917
  • (fol. 69) letter from Paul Cambon, 11 May 1917
  • (fol. 70) 3 letters from W. F. Massey, 30 Apr 1917, 9 May 1917, 11 May 1917, and 1 letter to him, 7 May 1917
  • (fols. 74, 167) 3 letters to Lord Robert Cecil, 20 May 1917, n.d., 27 Sep 1923
  • (fol. 157) letter to Lord Robert Cecil from the British Italian Corporation, 12 March 1917
  • (fols. 109, 130, 165) letters from Lord Robert Cecil, 13 Apr 1918, 2 Jan 1919, 29 Sep 1923
  • (fols. 76, 121) 2 letters to Randall Thomas Davidson, Archbishop of Canterbury, 30 May 1917, 14 Jun 1918, and 4 letters from him, 2 May 1917, 5 Jun 1917, 15 Aug 1917, 15 Jun 1918
  • (fol. 81) letter to Raymond Unwin, 6 Jun 1917
  • (fol. 83) letter to Lord Buckmaster, and his reply, 6 and 9 Jun 1917
  • (fols. 86, 91) 2 letters from Lord Hugh Cecil, 8 Jun 1917, 25 Jul 1917; and 1 letter to him, 18 Jul 1917
  • (fol. 87) letter from Lord Lansdowne, 17 Jun 1917
  • (fol. 94) letter from Lord Selborne 23 Jun 1917; (fol. 95) letter to General Smuts, 18 Jul 1917
  • (fol. 96) letter to Lord Justice Phillimore, and his reply, 25 Jul and 1 Aug 1917
  • (fol. 99) letter from Lord Salisbury, 9 Aug 1917
  • typed copies of letters from (fol. 102) Farrer, 30 Nov 1917, (fol. 103) H. Erle Richards, 28 Nov 1917, (fol. 104) W. P. Schreiner, 21 Dec 1917, (fol. 106) A. E. Zimmern, [1917]
  • (fol. 110) letter from F. Carol Browne, 19 Apr 1918
  • (fol. 111) 6 letters from Arthur Steel-Maitland, and 1 letter to him, 18 Apr-22 Jun 1918
  • (fol. 120) letter from Leonard Woolf, [1918]
  • (fol. 122) letter to A. J. Balfour, 2 Aug 1918 and (fols. 127, 169) letters from him, 6 Aug 1918, 13 May 1922
  • (fol. 129) letter to Judge Wadhams, [1918]
  • (fol. 132) letter to Oscar Strauss, 14 Mar 1919
  • (fol. 133) letter from Leon 18 Mar 1919
  • (fol. 134) letter to Gilbert Murray, 22 Mar 1919
  • (fol. 137) typed extracts from letters to Murray, 7 Mar 1919 - 10 Apr 1919. These extracts begin in mid letter, indicating the existence of extracts from earlier letters, no longer with this collection
  • (fol. 141) 2 letters from Gilbert Murray, both 24 Mar 1919
  • (fol. 143) translation of a letter from M. Prudhommeaux, 28 May 1919
  • (fol. 145) letter from J. Brodie, 5 Jul 1919
  • (fol. 149) letter from Shaw of Dunfermline, 8 Aug 1919
  • (fols. 151, 154) letters from W. J. Treseder Griffin, 27 Aug 1919, 22 Sep 1919
  • (fol. 171) letter to Stanley Baldwin, 29 Jun 1923
  • (fol. 172) letter from David Davies, 24 Aug 1930

With

  • (fol. 174) correspondence with Lord Bryce, 18 Jan 1917-4 Feb 1919
  • (fol. 214) correspondence with Theodore Marburg and others concerning the League to Enforce Peace, 17 May 1917-12 Aug 1919
  • (fol. 228) typed copies of Dickinson's correspondence, and of draft pamphlets, notes on schemes for a League of Nations, and proposals put forward, made by Malbone W. Graham in 1962. The original documents mainly survive in this collection

Papers, 1915-1920
Shelfmark: MS. Eng hist. c. 404
Extent: 284 leaves

Scope and Content:

Papers of the League of Nations Society

  • (fol. 1) declaration of the aims of the Society n.d.
  • (fol. 7) draft leaflets giving the objects of the Society, Mar 1915 - Mar 1916
  • (fol. 13) list of members Mar 1916, with later corrections
  • (fol. 20) revised proof of circular advertising the society, Jun 1916
  • (fol. 24) notes of recommendations of the Special Development Committee, 1918
  • (fol. 31) signed copies of the letter sent to the Prime Minister, 8 Aug 1917, and correspondence concerning it
  • (fol. 43) memorandum entitled 'The basis of the Society and Scheme of organisation for giving effect thereto', n.d.
  • (fol. 50) revised draft scheme of organisation, n.d.
  • (fol. 63) second revised draft, 28 Jan 1918
  • (fol. 71) 'A League of Nations, One of our war aims', paper by W. H. Dickinson, 1918
  • (fol. 75) revised draft proposals for the establishment of a League of Free Peoples, n.d.
  • (fol. 80) notice of the annual meeting, with proposed amendments to rules, 14 Jun 1918
  • (fol. 81) leaflet entitled The aims of the Society, n.d.

Papers concerning the League of Nations movement, 1917-1918, including

  • (fol. 86) copies of letters sent to the Editors of The Times and The Nation about Viscount Grey's speech, [1917]
  • (fol. 96) draft pamphlets by Dickinson, [1918]
  • (fol. 102) memorandum entitled 'The essentials of a League of Nations', by F. N. Keen, n.d.
  • (fol. 106) draft objects of a permanent peace union, n.d.
  • (fol. 110) resolutions and suggested lines of policy for a parliamentary group interested in a League of Nations, n.d.
  • (fol. 114) pamphlets produced by the League of Free Nations Association, [1918]

Papers of the League of Nations Union, 1918-1920

  • (fol. 117) notes on the Union by Dickinson, n.d.
  • (fol. 135) general secretary's report to the executive committee, 19 May 1919
  • (fol. 138) minutes of the executive committee, 5 Mar 1919-22 Apr 1920
  • (fol. 178) memorandum on the financial position of the Union, prepared by the organisation committee, n.d.
  • (fol. 184) minutes of the reorganisation sub-committee, 7 Apr 1919
  • (fol. 187) minutes of the Chinese sub-committee, 25 Apr 1919
  • (fol. 179) minutes of the reconstruction committee, 9 Jul 1919
  • (fol. 191) report of the special committee on reorganisation, 24 Jul 1919
  • (fol. 195) suggested re-draft of constitution and rules by Dickinson, n.d.
  • (fol. 203) suggested alterations received from members regarding the revised objects and rules, n.d.
  • (fol. 207) minutes of the management committee, 29 Jan [1920]
  • (fol. 211) notes on the overseas department, [16 Dec 1919]
  • (fol. 214) minutes of the international policy committee, 27 Jan-25 Mar 1920
  • (fol. 239) report of the research and basis sub-committees entitled 'Detailed proposals for the establishment of a League of Nations', n.d.

Papers of the League of Nations movement in France, including

  • (fol. 259) a translation into French of Dickinson's observations on the scheme of organisation [Jan 1919]
  • (fol. 278) memorandum on the situation of the League of Nations Movement in France 27 Apr 1918
  • (fol. 281) note on the report of the French Commission n.d.

Papers, 1917-1920
Shelfmark: MS. Eng hist. c. 405

Scope and Content:

Papers concerning the League to Enforce Peace, including

  • (fol. 1) paper entitled 'Draft of a League to Enforce Peace', n.d.
  • (fol. 11) letter to Dickinson enclosing a copy of the plan of organisation of the League to Enforce Peace, 25 Jun 1917
  • (fol. 17) revised draft of the plan for organisation, n.d.
  • (fol. 21) revised draft, 8 Jun 1917
  • (fol. 34) revised draft, 28 Jun 1917
  • (fol. 49) notes on the plan for organisation, n.d.
  • (fol. 59) letter to the Editor of the Daily News about the relations of the English societies and the League to Enforce Peace, [1918]

With (fol. 62) draft address to President Wilson, 25 Dec 1918

Papers concerning the acceptance of the draft covenant for a League of Nations by the Paris Conference, 1919, including

  • (fol. 67) memorandum prepared by the acting executive committee of the League of Nations Union 'The position of the League of Nations in the forthcoming Peace Conference', [1918]
  • (fol. 71) Draft Sketch of a League of Nations, Paris, 14 Jan 1919
  • (fol. 73) joint programme for the Paris conference agreed to by the national societies, Jan 1919
  • (fol. 81) report on the draft convention by Lord Robert Cecil's advisory committee, 20 Jan 1919
  • (fol. 86) minutes of the second meeting of the advisory committee, 25 Jan 1919
  • (fol. 92) resolutions with regard to the draft covenant to be proposed by a congress of delegates of the allied societies for a League of Nations, n.d.
  • (fol. 99) notes of meetings with neutral powers, and the consequent redraft of the covenant, n.d.
  • (fol. 103) draft agreement for a League of Nations presented to the plenary interallied conference at Paris, 14 Feb 1919, with ammendments
  • (fol. 129) letter from the Association Francaise pour la Societe des Nations announcing the ratification of the draft covenant at Paris, 30 May 1919
  • (fol. 131) reservations approved by the Senate of the U. S. A. n.d.
  • (fol. 133) plans submitted to a committee on post ratification work in New York, 21 Jan 1920
  • (fol. 138) report in French and English of the London Conference, n.d.

Papers concerning the Brussels Conference, 1-3 Dec 1919, including

  • (fol. 147) Union of League of Nations Associations, suggested rules of procedure at international conference submitted by the League of Nations Union, n.d.
  • (fol. 152) memorandum of interview with M. Bourgeois about the Brussels conference, 2 Aug 1919
  • (fol. 155) proposed letter of invitation to the conference, and related papers, 6 Aug 1919
  • (fol. 160) report on the conference by Dickinson
  • (fol. 203) letter from the British delegation to Baron Descamp, president of the conference, 13 Dec 1919
  • (fol. 236) minutes of the proceedings of the 1st. commission appointed by the conference, 1-3 Dec 1919
  • (fol. 248) report of the commission, n.d.

Papers, 1916-1940
Shelfmark: MS. Eng hist. c. 406
Extent: 265 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fol. 1) Statement of policy as to union of League of Nations Societies, nd.
  • (fol. 3) draft scheme of organisation of a Federation of League of Nations Societies n.d.
  • (fol. 7) weekly reports on the international situation Nov-Dec 1919
  • (fol. 38) note on the reconstruction of the foreign sub-committees of the League of Nations Union, 1922

Papers concerning the history of the League of Nations movement, 1925-1944

  • (fol. 43) correspondence, 1926-1940
  • (fol. 57) note on the present position of the League of Nations, with suggestions for rendering it more effective, by Dickinson, [1925]
  • (fol. 67) memoranda by Dickinson on the origins of the League of Nations Society, n.d.
  • (fol. 89) suggestions for a short history of the League of Nations movement to be written by Gilbert Murray, 1938
  • (fol. 149) notice of Dickinson's death, and a contribution by Theodore Marburg to the Dickinson memorial volume, 1944

With (fol. 154) miscellaneous press cuttings about the League of Nations movement, 1917-1920, and 1939

Articles and pamphlets concerning the League of Nations movement including: leaflets published by the League to Enforce Peace

  • (fol. 200) An Appeal to Public Opinion, by A. Lawrence Lowell, n.d.
  • (fol. 201) The League to Enforce Peace Its Proposals and What They Mean, by W. H. Taft, n.d.
  • (fol. 208) A World Court and International Police, by Everett P. Wheeler, published by the American Society for Judicial Settlement of International Disputes, 1916
  • (fol. 220) Proposals for the Prevention of Future Wars, by Viscount Bryce and others, first published 1917
  • (fol. 250) leaflets setting out the objects of the League of Nations Society, 1916-1918

Pamphlets
Shelfmark: MS. Eng hist. c. 407
Extent: 313 leaves

Scope and Content:

Including

  • (fol. 1) Appel-Programme etc. Association Francaise pour la Société des Nations, 1917
  • (fol. 13) Comments Reviews and Opinions on the Proposal for an International Confederation, by David Lupin, 1917
  • (fol. 24) A League of Nations and its Critics, by Dickinson, June 1917
  • (fol. 36) Pronouncements of leading Statesmen, June 1917
  • (fol. 40) An International Magna CartaAug. 1917
  • (fol. 48) The Secret Agreements with a preface by Charles Roden Buxton, Feb. 1918
  • (fol. 58) Interim Report of the committee on the League of Nations, 1918
  • (fol. 78) monthly report of the League of Nations Society, April 1918
  • (fol. 88) Grey's Message, The League of Nations, 1918
  • (fol. 106) pamphlets of the League of Nations Union, n.d.
  • (fol. 131) scheme of organisation prepared by a sub committee of the League of Nations Society, Sept. 1918
  • (fol. 147) A Draft Colonial Mandate, n.d.
  • (fol. 152) Detailed Proposals for the Establishment of a League of Nations, by the League of Nations Union, n.d.
  • (fol. 156) The League of Nations Covenant, with speech by President Wilson at the Paris Peace Conference, 1919
  • (fol. 175) Comments on the draft Covenant of the League of Nations issued by the League of Nations Union 26 Feb 1919
  • (fol. 180) Draft Agreement for a League of Nations presented to the plenary inter-allied conference, Feb. 1919
  • (fol. 188) printed proceedings of the Paris and London conferences, Jan and Mar 1919
  • (fol. 236) The full text of the revised covenant of the League of Nations, 28 Apr 1919
  • (fol. 240) Memorandum detailing the duties and functions of the League of Nations under the Treaty of Peace with Germany, by W. Bowstead, 7 Jul 1919
  • (fol. 253) resolutions of the League of Free Nations Association, 5 Jul 1919
  • (fol. 255) proof of memorandum on the programme for the Brussels conference, by the League of Nations Union, 24 Jul 1919
  • (fol. 259) The League of Nations Journal and Monthly Report, Jul 1919
  • (fol. 280) The co-operation of Labour with the League of Nations Union, Sep 1919
  • (fol. 283) Texte des propositions et des voeux presèntés par les sociétiés ayant adhere a la Conference, Brussels, Dec 1919
  • (fol. 307) Outline of policy with regard to the projected Federation of League of Nations Societies, Feb 1920
  • (fol. 309) Deukschrift der Deutschen Ligafur Volkerbund an das sekretariat des Volkerbunds,Apr 1920
  • (fol. 311) The League Nations, its acheivements and machinery, n.d.

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