The archive reflects the prominent role Judith Hart played both in government and within the party. Day-to-day correspondence with ministerial and Prime-ministerial colleagues is found in most sections. Hart also corresponded with groups concerned with human rights, community action and trade union issues. She was a member or patron of many such organisations and in many cases played an active part in their work and decision-making.
The Judith Hart Papers
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Judith Hart (1921-1991) was MP for Lanarkshire between 1959-1983 and Clydeside between 1983-1987 before being made a life peer in 1988. During her time in Parliament she was a member of the Labour Government of the 1960s and 1970s. Her special interest was in foreign affairs and she was Minister for Overseas Development in 1967-1968. She was an influential member of the Party's left wing, opposing nuclear armament and British entry into the Common Market. Serving on the National Executive Committee of the party between 1969 and 1983, she was party chair 1981-1982.
The papers have been arranged into the following sections:
- Personal/semi-personal papers
- Africa (General)
- South Africa Sanctions
- Chile and the Chile Solidarity Campaign
- South America (General); North and Central America; Caribbean; Falklands
- Falkland Islands Correspondence (1982 war)
- Asia and the Far East
- Miscellaneous International
- Election Material
- Articles and Speeches
- Social Security
- NEC, Committees, Sub-Committees and Working Groups
- Miscellaneous Domestic
- Scottish Affairs
Conditions Governing Access
Access by appointment
The Judith Hart papers were deposited at the People's History Museum (formerly National Museum of Labour History) in 1995. Since February 1999 the John Rylands University Library of Manchester has managed the Labour History Archive and Study Centre, which is housed at the head office of the People's History Museum.
Collection level description created for the Archives Hub by Janette Martin.
Other Finding Aids
The collection is listed to file level. A paper handlist is available in the search room. An electronic version of the handlist can be accessed at http://www.a2a.pro.gov.uk/
Conditions Governing Use
Standard reprography conditions apply and are available on request from the archive.
It is likely that these voluminous files will undergo further appraisal and weeding.
Accruals are not expected.