Stanley Baldwin: Miscellaneous Letters, Newcuttings and Photographs

Scope and Content

MS.Add.8770: Letters from Baldwin to various people, 1896-1947; letters from Arthur Windham Baldwin, 3rd Earl Baldwin, to Derek Pepys Whiteley, 1958-1968; memorandum of a conversation with Baldwin, 1938, by J.W. Robertson Scott, editor of The countryman; a speech, 'The unfailing genius of Rudyard Kipling', given to the Kipling Society in 1967 by the 3rd Earl Baldwin; newscuttings on Stanley Baldwin.

MS.Add.8771: Newscuttings on Baldwin and the Abdication Crisis; reviews of books on Baldwin and family; photographs of Baldwin (1925), of a portrait drawing by W. Rothenstein (1928) and of a R.G. Eves painting in the National Portrait Gallery (c. 1933); obituary of the 2nd Lord Hardinge of Penshurst; letters and articles about Baldwin; and Lord Baldwin. A memoir, by Tom Jones, an obituary in The Times expanded into a pamphlet.

Administrative / Biographical History

Stanley Baldwin (1867-1947) was born on 3 August 1867 in Lower Park, Bewdley, the son of industrialist Alfred Baldwin. He was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge, before joining the family iron and steel business. He was elected a Conservative M.P. in 1906, and in December 1916 became Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Andrew Bonar Law. Thereafter, Baldwin served in David Lloyd George's government as Junior Lord of the Treasury, Financial Secretary to the Treasury and President of the Board of Trade. He became Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1922, and Prime Minister in 1923. Baldwin lost the 1929 General Election, but served as President of the Council in the new National Government, before replacing Ramsey MacDonald as Prime Minister in June 1935. He resigned in 1937, and was later made Earl Baldwin of Bewdley. He died on 14 December 1947.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Bequeathed by Derek Pepys Whiteley, 1989.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Summary Catalogue.

Custodial History

The papers were collected by Derek Pepys Whiteley, a cousin by marriage of Stanley Baldwin. MS.Add.8770 contains many letters from the papers of Mrs Beatrix Warrack and Miss Evelyn Gwynn Brown, cousins of Baldwin.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library also holds political papers of Stanley Baldwin, MS.Baldwin, and letters from Baldwin to his son, Oliver Risdale Baldwin, MS.Add.8795.