Archive of Sir Laming Worthington-Evans, 1895-1931

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A   Papers as a Member of Parliament 1899-1931
    A.1   General Elections 1899-1929
    A.2   Correspondence and papers 1915-31
B   Papers relating to social, financial and economic policy, and miscellaneous Cabinet papers 1895-1931
C   Papers relating to British policy towards Ireland 1895-1925
D   Papers relating to German reparations 1919-1929
E   Papers relating to the War Office 1921-1930
F   Papers relating to India 1921-1923
G   Papers relating to unemployment 1922-1991
    G.1   General correspondence and printed material 1922-1929
    G.2   Files of the Cabinet Committee on unemployment 1923-4
H   Papers relating to the International Economic Conference at Genoa 1922
I   Personal papers and press cuttings 1911-1931


Archive of Sir Laming Worthington-Evans

1895-1931

Abstract:
Papers of Sir Laming Worthington-Evans (1868-1931) Conservative M.P.

Extent: 6.38 Linear metres, 58 physical shelfmarks
Language(s) of Material: English

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. hist. c. 890-940; d. 424-7; e. 319-20; f. 26

Biographical History

Sir Laming Worthington-Evans (1868-1931) was Conservative M.P. for Colchester from 1910 until 1929, and for St. George's, Hanover Square from 1929 until his death. At the outbreak of the First World War, Sir Laming was appointed Inspector of Administrative Services with the temporary rank of major and in 1916 Controller of the Foreign Trade department of the Foreign Office. In Lloyd George's Coalition Government, he was successively Minister of Blockade (July 1918 - January 1919), Minister of Pensions (January 1919 - April 1920), Minister without Portfolio (1920 - February 1921), and Secretary of State for War (October 1921-2.) In the Conservative Government he was Acting Secretary of State for India (March 1922) and Postmaster General (May 1923 - January 1924). He served again as Secretary of State for War from November 1924 - June 1929.

Sir Laming was one of the British delegates to the International Economic Conference at Genoa in 1922. He was a member of several Conservative and Unionist Party committees including the Policy committee which he chaired in 1927. He also served on various Cabinet Committees, including those relating to Northern Ireland, and Unemployment. He became chairman of the latter in August 1923.

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Acquisition

The Worthington-Evans papers were given to the Bodleian Library in 1972 by his son, the late Sir Shirley Worthington-Evans.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. Oxford, Bodleian Library , e.g. MS. Eng. hist. c. 891, fols. 1-2].

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)

Evans | Sir | Laming | Worthington- | 1st Baronet | 1868-1931 | Politician

Subject(s)

19th century
20th century
Conservative Party (Great Britain) -- History
Economic and Financial Conference (1922 : Genoa, Italy)
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- India
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- Ireland
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 20th century
Great Britain -- War Office
Reparations
Unemployment

A   Papers as a Member of Parliament 1899-1931

A.1   General Elections 1899-1929

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. hist. c. 891-893; e. 319-320

Correspondence and papers relating to his candidature at General Elections
Date: 1899-1910
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 891
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 219 leaves

Correspondence and papers relating to his candidature at General Elections
Date: 1918-23
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 892
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 177 leaves

Correspondence and papers relating to his candidature at General Elections
Date: 1924-1929
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 893
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 276 leaves

Printed pamphlet and notebook
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. e. 319
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 2 items

Scope and Content

Election lapel badge
Date: 1910
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. e. 320
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

A.2   Correspondence and papers 1915-31

Scope and Content

Correspondence and papers, as M.P. and member of various Conservative and Unionist Party committees

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. hist. c. 894-897

Correspondence and papers
Date: Oct. 1915-15 March 1924
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 894
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 206 leaves

Scope and Content

Including (fol. 104) papers of the Unionist Party Commons Standing Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Army Sub-committee of the Conservative Party Defence Committee.

Correspondence and papers
Date: 28 March 1924-Dec. 1927
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 895
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 215 leaves

Scope and Content

Including papers of the Unionist Party Leaders Conference, the All-in Insurance and Cabinet Policy Committees.

Correspondence and papers
Date: Feb. 1928-June 1929
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 896
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 248 leaves

Correspondence and papers
Date: July 1929-Feb. 1931
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 897
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 304 leaves

B   Papers relating to social, financial and economic policy, and miscellaneous Cabinet papers 1895-1931

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. hist. c. 898-902, 918; d. 424


Correspondence and papers
Date: 1895-30
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 898
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 191 leaves

Scope and Content

Correspondence and papers concerning

Correspondence and papers concerning women's, orphans' and old age contributory pensions.
Date: May 1925-1929, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 899
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 214 leaves

Correspondence and papers concerning Imperial Exchange and currency
Date: 1920
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 900
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 216 leaves

Printed pamphlets
Date: 1920-2, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. d. 424
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 3 items

Scope and Content

Miscellaneous papers relating to financial policy
Date: 1895, 1909-17
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 901
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 195 leaves

Scope and Content

Miscellaneous papers including

Miscellaneous papers relating to financial policy
Date: 1920-31, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 902
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 277 leaves

Scope and Content

Miscellaneous papers including

Cabinet papers and official publications
Date: 1920-8
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 918
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 191 leaves

Scope and Content

Cabinet papers and official publications relating to various subjects, including

C   Papers relating to British policy towards Ireland 1895-1925

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. hist. c. 903-914


Correspondence and papers
Date: 1895, 1914-13 Oct. 1919
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 903
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 173 leaves

Scope and Content

Correspondence and papers, mainly printed papers circulated to the Cabinet and Cabinet Committee and white papers relating to the Government of Ireland Bill.

Report of the proceedings of the Irish Convention
Date: 1918
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 904
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Correspondence and papers
Date: 14 Oct-Nov. 1919
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 905
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 158 leaves

Scope and Content

Correspondence and papers, with (fol. 4) draft of the Government of Ireland Bill.

Correspondence and papers
Date: Dec. 1919-Jan. 1920
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 906
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 194 leaves

Correspondence and papers
Date: Feb-Sept. 1920
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 907
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 205 leaves

Correspondence and papers
Date: Oct.-Dec. 1920
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 908
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 173 leaves

Cabinet papers
Date: Mar.-July 1921
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 909
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 184 leaves

Scope and Content

Cabinet papers, mainly containing reports on the political and military situation in Ireland, including (fols. 64-97) folder relating to `Sinn Fein and the Truce'.

Cabinet papers
Date: Aug. 1921-Sept. 1922
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 910
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 260 leaves

Scope and Content

Cabinet papers, with some correspondence, including

Official correspondence and papers
Date: Jan.-April 1923
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 911
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 216 leaves

Scope and Content

Official correspondence and papers, mainly concerning the Northern Ireland Special Arbitration Committee, with (fols. 10-18) correspondence relating to the drawing by Paul Henry of Arthur Griffith after death.

Official correspondence and papers
Date: April - June 1923
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 912
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 211 leaves

Official correspondence and papers
Date: 5 June-Oct. 1923
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 913
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 196 leaves

Special Arbitration committee
Date: Feb. 1923
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 913/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Special Arbitration committee for financial questions outstanding between the Government of the United Kingdom and the Government of Northern Ireland. Statement of case on behalf of the Government of Northern Ireland, with annotations by Worthington-Evans.

Official correspondence and papers
Date: May 1924-Mar. 1925, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 914
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 246 leaves

D   Papers relating to German reparations 1919-1929

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. hist. c. 915-917; d. 425


Correspondence and papers, including some Cabinet papers
Date: Jan. 1919 - April 1921
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 915
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 259 leaves

Correspondence and papers, including some Cabinet papers
Date: May 1921 - 1922, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 916
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 179 leaves

Correspondence and papers, including some Cabinet papers
Date: May 1923 - Oct. 1929, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 917
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 137 leaves

Printed pamphlets
Date: 1924-9
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. d. 425
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 8 items

Scope and Content

E   Papers relating to the War Office 1921-1930

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. hist. c. 919-920


Correspondence and papers
Date: Feb.1921 - Dec. 1922
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 919
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 191 leaves

Scope and Content

Correspondence and papers, mainly Cabinet papers relating to Middle East policy, with some correspondence.

Correspondence and papers
Date: Jan.1923 - May 1930, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 920
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 91 leaves

F   Papers relating to India 1921-1923

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. hist. c. 921-921/1


Correspondence and papers relating to British policy towards India
Date: 1921-3
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 921
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 141 leaves

Report of the Committee
Date: 1921
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 921/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Report of the Committee appointed by the Secretary of State for India to enquire into the Administration and working of the Indian Railways.

G   Papers relating to unemployment 1922-1991

G.1   General correspondence and printed material 1922-1929

Full range of shelfmarks

MSS. Eng. hist. c. 922-23; MS. Eng. hist. d. 426:

General correspondence and papers
Date: Oct. 1922-19244
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 922
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 124 leaves

Printed material
Date: 1923-1929
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. d. 426
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 7 items

Scope and Content

Printed material, including

General correspondence and papers
Date: 1929, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 923
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 226 leaves

G.2   Files of the Cabinet Committee on unemployment 1923-4

Scope and Content

Files of the Cabinet Committee on unemployment, with some loose papers.

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. hist. c. 924-8

Files 1-6 of the Cabinet Committee on unemployment
Date: 1923-4
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 924
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 183 leaves

Files 7-15 of the Cabinet Committee on unemployment
Date: 1923-4
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 925
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 186 leaves

Files 16-22 of the Cabinet Committee on unemployment
Date: 1923-4
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 926
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 140 leaves

Unnumbered file of the Cabinet Committee on unemployment
Date: 1923-4
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 927
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 104 leaves

Scope and Content

Unnumbered file, with some loose papers.

File of miscellaneous correspondence of the Cabinet Committee on unemployment
Date: Aug. 1923 - Jan. 1924
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 928
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 150 leaves

H   Papers relating to the International Economic Conference at Genoa 1922

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. hist. c. 929-933; d. 427


Cabinet and conference papers
Date: Feb. - April 1922
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 929
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 163 leaves

Scope and Content

With some correspondence.

Report on Economic Conditions in Europe
Date: Feb. 1922
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. d. 427
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 163 leaves

Scope and Content

Department of Overseas Trade.

Conference papers
Date: 15 April - 3 May, 1922
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 930
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 180 leaves

Scope and Content

With some related correspondence.

Printed conference papers
Date: April-9 May 1922
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 931
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 157 leaves

Scope and Content

Printed conference papers, mainly reports.

Printed conference papers
Date: May 1922
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 932
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 150 leaves

International Economic Conference of Genoa
Date: 1922
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 932/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 150 leaves

Scope and Content

1st. Commission Resolutions adopted at the meeting of 18 May.

General papers
Date: May-June, 1922, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 933
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 234 leaves

Scope and Content

General papers, including summaries of the outcome of the conference.

I   Personal papers and press cuttings 1911-1931

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. hist. c. 890, c. 934-940; f. 26


Notes and drafts of speeches
Date: 1920-4
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 934
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 250 leaves

Notes and drafts of speeches
Date: 1925-31, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 935
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 326 leaves

Personal correspondence and papers
Date: 1915-30
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 890
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 67 leaves

Press cuttings of speeches
Date: 1911-14
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 936
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 99 leaves

Scope and Content

Press cuttings of speeches, by Worthington-Evans on National Insurance.

General press cuttings
Date: 1914-17
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 937
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 110 leaves

General press cuttings
Date: [1919]-1930, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 938
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 109 leaves

Album of press cuttings
Date: Oct. 1928
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. f. 26
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 20 leaves

Scope and Content

Album of press cuttings of an interview given by Worthington-Evans to Henry Russell of the United Press of America.

Miscellaneous printed and type-written papers
Date: 1923-31, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 939
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 71 leaves

Printed pamphlets
Date: 1917-29
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 940
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 6 items

Scope and Content

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