Political Papers of Arthur Greenwood (1880-1954) and Anthony Greenwood 1st Baron Greenwood (1911-82)

A catalogue of this archive is in course of preparation. Although comparatively small (87 boxes in all) the archive contains interesting material for studies of the careers of these two eminent Labour politicians. Arthur Greenwood (1880-1954) was an MP from 1922 until his death. He had brief spells in the Cabinet as Minister of Health (1929-31), Minister of Reconstruction (1941-2) and Lord Privy Seal (1945). His most important work was done, as secretary of the research department from 1920, in the formulation of Labour Party policy. His son Anthony (1911-82) was a Labour MP from 1946 and on the National Executive Council of the Party from 1954 to 1970. He served in Harold Wilson's governments as Colonial Secretary, Minister of Overseas Development and Minister of Housing and Local Government. The papers include information on British politics, government and society in general and in particular for studies of the Labour Party (its machinery and policy), of defence and disarmament, housing, local government and the Lancashire cotton industry.

Further details about the collection can be obtained from the Department of Western Manuscripts at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, OX1 3BG (e-mail Enquiries.SC@bodleian.ox.ac.uk).

Revised: 05 October 1998/djp