MORRISON, Herbert Stanley, 1888-1965, 1st Baron Morrison of Lambeth, statesman

Scope and Content

The collection consists of Jones and Donoughue's research notes and transcripts of interviews they conducted with Morrison's associates, and original documents and copies collected from various sources, the provenance of some of which is uncertain. The papers include material relating to Morrison's time as Lord President and Leader of the House of Commons, his speeches, publications by and concerning Herbert Morrison, the research notes and correspondence of Jones and Donoughue, interviews with Morrison's associates, original manuscripts and printed material, and copies of manuscripts and printed material held at Nuffield College, Oxford.

Administrative / Biographical History

Herbert Stanley Morrison, 1888-1965, left school at fourteen and had a variety of jobs, including errand boy, telephone operator, shop assistant, and deputy circulation manager of the 'Daily Citizen'. He became part-time secretary of London Labour Party in 1915 and entered local government in 1919, becoming Mayor and later Alderman of Hackney. He was also a member of the London County Council, 1922-1945 and leader of the council 1934-1940. Morrison entered Parliament in 1923 as the Labour member for South Hackney, and served as Minister of Transport from 1929-1931. Following the outbreak of the Second World War, he became Minister of Supply in 1940, Home Secretary and Minister of Home Security, 1940-1945, and a member of the War Cabinet, 1942-1945. After the war, Morrison served as Deputy Prime Minister, 1945-1951, Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons, 1945-1951, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, 1951, and Deputy Leader of the Opposition, 1951-1955. He was also president of the British Board of Film Censors 1960.


This collection is arranged in 8 sections:
Morrison-Boon Papers:
1. Lord President and Leader of the House of Commons, 1945-1951.
2. Morrison speeches, 1936-1962.
3. Publications by and concerning Morrison, 1945-1960.
4. Miscellaneous, 1921-1978.

G W Jones' and B Donoughue's Notes and Interviews:
5. Research notes and correspondence, c1970-1980.
6. Interviews with Morrison's associates, 1967-1969.

Source Material Collected by Jones and Donoughue:
7. Original manuscripts and printed material, 1920-1968.
8. Copies of manuscript and printed material, 1900-1965.

Access Information


Other Finding Aids

Printed handlist and online catalogue available.

Archivist's Note

Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on May 29, 2002

Conditions Governing Use


Custodial History

The papers were gathered together by Professor George William Jones and Lord Bernard Donoughue for their book Herbert Morrison: Portrait of a Politician (London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1973). For this work, Jones and Donoughue collected a number of original documents by and concerning Morrison. Many were obtained from P H Boon, a former civil servant who had worked with Morrison in the Lord President's Office.


George William Jones and Bernard Donoughue, Herbert Morrison: Portrait of a Politician (London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1973).