Williams/Gaitskell Papers

Scope and Content

Research papers of Philip Williams for his biography of Hugh Gaitskell, including manuscript notes arranged by chapter, typescript drafts of chapters and annotated proofs; a limited amount of original Gaitskell material including a manuscript notebook entitled 'Journey to Israel' with shorthand notes at the back, photographs of Gaitskell and offprints of articles by Gaitskell; photocopies of original Gaitskell papers including his diaries and correspondence; transcripts of interviews with Gaitskell's family, friends and colleagues and related correspondence; correspondence including with Gaitskell's family and with publishers; press cuttings and photocopies of press cuttings relating to Gaitskell; press cuttings including reviews and publicity for the biography; papers relating to the publication of Gaitskell's diary and photocopies of papers and diaries of Gaitskell's political contemporaries.

Administrative / Biographical History

Philip Williams read history at Trinity College, Oxford, graduating in 1940; he was a member of the Labour Party at 16 and a member of the Oxford anti-Fascist movement in the 1930s; active in the Campaign for Democratic Socialism and a 'confirmed Gaskellite'; labour economist and industrial relations expert at Nuffield College, Oxford; published a biography of Gaitskell in 1979; died, 1984.

Publications: 'Hugh Gaitskell: A Political Biography' (1979, second edition 1982)


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Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Received from Nuffield College, Oxford, 1999.

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Custodial History

Deposited in Nuffield College, Oxford, by Philip Williams.