The Ifor B. Powell Collection consists of pamphlets, periodicals and newspaper cuttings about contemporary 20th Century history, government and politics.
A few of the pamphlets are from the First World War period. A considerable number belonging to the inter-war years are of League of Nations or League of Nations Union origin, and there are also some Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs) Information Papers dealing with colonial questions in the same period.
The months immediately preceding the outbreak of the Second World War are covered in an American review of world affairs called Events and in the Chatham House publication, Bulletin of International News.
Other pamphlets relate to United States government, politics and foreign policy.
There are a dozen or so papers published between 1960 and 1965 by the South African Institute of International Affairs on South African problems.
There is an almost complete run of the fortnightly Reports of the Foreign Policy Association of the USA for the years 1945 to 1951. There are also a few issues of the other F.P.A. publication, the Bulletin.
Lastly, there are many booklets and pamphlets on Far Eastern questions in the inter-war years and since 1945.
The press cuttings are mainly from The Times. Those about the USA are also from the New York Times, Time, and New Republic, et cetera.
They are filed under four main headings: (1) Europe, Near and Middle East; (2)The Far East; (3) United States of America; (4) Great Britain and the British Empire.
The period covered by the press cuttings extends from just after the First World War until 1972.