History of the Beaverbrook Foundation

Political Papers

The Beaverbrook Library consists of many important collections of papers that Beaverbrook acquired during his lifetime, together with his own papers. The Foundation has been entrusted with the care of these political papers which are of enormous historical importance.

The Collection includes:

The Balfour Papers The Beaverbrook Papers
The Blake Papers The Blumenfield Papers
The Davidson Papers The Donald Papers
The Hannon Papers The Healy Papers
The Bonar Law Papers The Lloyd George Papers
The Melville Papers The Morrison-Bell Papers

The papers are currently on loan to the Parliamentary Archive in the Houses of Parliament library in London.

• The Beaverbrook Papers The substantial collection contain correspondence and a variety of papers, photographs and other images, maps and a few artefacts covering every aspect of the life and work of Lord Beaverbrook.

Bonar Law
• The Bonar Law Papers Bonar Law (1858-1923) became leader of the Unionist Party in 1911, and subsequently served as Secretary of State for the Colonies in 1915, Chancellor of the Exchequer 1916-1918, Leader of the House of Commons 1916-1921, and Prime Minister in 1922. The Bonar Law papers provide a great deal of interest, particularly in relation to the Unionist Party and Unionist opinion between 1911 and 1923. Major topics covered include party organisation, tariff reform, the Irish question, the conduct of the war, relations with the Coalition Liberals and post-war home and foreign policy.

Lloyd George• The Lloyd George papers This collection comprises the political papers of David Lloyd George (1863-1945). The papers are arranged in 9 sections: papers up to 1905; papers created when Lloyd George was President of the Board of Trade, 1905-1908; papers when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1908-1915; when he was Minister of Munitions, 1915-1916; when he was Secretary of State for War, June-Dec 1916; when he was Prime Minister, 1916-1922; papers created following his Premiership, 1922-1945; press cuttings; and, personal correspondence and papers, including notes for speeches.

• The Davidson Papers These are the political and personal papers of John Colin Campbell Davidson (1889-1970), 1st Viscount Davidson. The Davidson papers are of particular interest, not only because of Davidson’s work as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Chairman of the Conservative Party, but also on account of his close association successively with Lewis Harcourt, Andrew Bonar Law and Stanley Baldwin, which led to the preservation of some of their office papers amongst Davidson’s papers.

• The Blumenfield Papers This collection comprises the papers of the journalist Ralph David Blumenfield (1864-1948). Blumenfield worked on the Evening Telegraph in New York, the Daily Herald in London, was editor of the Daily Mail, and editor and editor-in-chief of the Daily Express. Papers include personal and political correspondence mainly deriving from his activities as editor of the Daily Express.

To discover more about the archive collections, visit the website: www.portcullis.parliament.uk or contact the Parliamentary Archive on archives@parliament.uk, Telephone: 020 7219 3074. It is possible to visit the Archive and view the documents in the Search Room; space is limited, so should be booked in advance.