Richard Crossman Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Correspondence and subject files, 1926-1974; Crossman's publications, 1937-1973; papers re: Crossman, by other people, 1923-1976; diaries, 1928-1974; press cuttings, 1945-1974; photographs.

Administrative / Biographical History

Richard Crossman was born in 1907. Member of Oxford city council, and leader of the Labour group, 1934-40; German propaganda specialist, Special Operations, 1940-1; Labour MP for East Coventry, 1945-1974; member of Labour Party National Executive Committee, 1952-67, and Chairman, 1960-1; Minister of Housing and Local Government, 1964-6; Leader of the House of Commons, 1966-8; Secretary of State for Social Services, 1968-70; editor of the New Statesman, 1970-2; author of political and philosophical works, and the posthumously published political diaries. He died in 1974.

Reference: Michael Stenton and Stephen Lees, Who's Who of British Members of Parliament Volume 4: 1945-1979, (Sussex, 1981)

Conditions Governing Access

Access : The diary transcripts and cassettes are only open after a written application has been approved by the vetting committee. Permission to read Crossman's correspondence with his second wife, Zita Baker is subject to a copyright agreement. Crossman's constituency correspondence is closed for 30 years. The rest of the collection is open to research.

Archivist's Note

Authority files exist for Richard Crossman (GB 152 AAR0807), and and his secretary Tam Dalyell (GBR 0152 AAR0808).

Custodial History

The collection was deposited with the centre in several stages, between 1977 and 1996, by Crossman's widow, Mrs. Anne Crossman.