Manuscript, typed, duplicated and printed papers collected during Mrs Adams's term as Director, Home Intelligence, Ministry of Information, including papers on the sections' establishment and organisation; daily and weekly intelligence reports; special reports on morale (some by Mass-Observation; with some photographs); memoranda on and scripts for radio broadcasts; and papers on and reports by the War-time Social Survey.
Mary Adams Papers
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Administrative / Biographical History
Mary Grace Agnes Adams (born Campin; 1898-1984) graduated from University College, Cardiff and went to Cambridge as a research student and then as a lecturer for the Extra-Mural Board and the Board of Civil Service Studies. She joined the staff of the British Broadcasting Corporation in 1930. During the Second World War she served in the Ministry of Information, as Director, Home Intelligence (1939-41) and North American Broadcasting (1942-45). Returning to the BBC, she was Head of Talks and Current Affairs (1945-54) and Assistant to Controller of Television (1954-58). Public offices included membership of the Independent Television Authority (1965-70), and deputy chairmanship of the Consumers' Association (1958-70). (Who was who, 1981-1990.)
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Given by Mrs Mary Adams in 1979 to the Mass-Observation Archive Trust which deposited with the University of Sussex. Additional material from Ian McLaine and Michael Balfour.
Prepared by John Farrant, September 2002.
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