Baroness Burton Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection consists mainly of papers relating to Baroness Burton's work on the Air Transport Users' Committee, c.1973-1977.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1904 Elaine Francis Burton was notable in her early life as a pioneer sportswoman. A member of the National Fitness Council from 1928-9, she later moved into politics, holding the seat of Coventry South as a Labour MP from 1950-59. In 1962 she was created a life peer. Her interest in sport continued throughout her life - she was a member of the Sports Council from 1965-1971, as well as numerous other bodies. A founder member of the Social Democratic Party in 1981, she was also well known for her work on behalf of the consumer. She died in 1991.

Reference: Obituary in [?] The Daily Telegraph (17 October 1991)

Conditions Governing Access

Access : Open

Archivist's Note

An authority file exists for Baroness Burton (GB 152 AAR0799).

Custodial History

The collection was deposited with the Centre in 1977 by Baroness Burton.