Qualidata: William Wilson Divorce Law Reform Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Correspondence and press-cuttings about divorce law reform, 1967-8.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Wilson was the Labour Member of Parliament for Coventry South (later Coventry South East) from 1964-1983. He proposed the successful Divorce Law Reform Private Member's Bill in 1967.


The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://www.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/mrcclass.shtml. It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

Closed until 2075 unless William Wilson or his heirs have given specific permission; no journalists are allowed access.

Acquisition Information

The papers were donated to the Qualidata archive at the University of Essex by the estate of Professor Robert Chester, who had used them for research. They were deposited in the Centre by Qualidata in April 2000.

Other Finding Aids

The papers are not catalogued. A copy of this collection-level description is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.

An authority record exists for William Wilson (GB 152 AAR2090).

Conditions Governing Use

No photocopying is allowed without William Wilson's prior permission.

Appraisal Information

No destruction has taken place of material in this archive.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Modern Records Centre also holds papers of William Wilson as a Member of Parliament, 1960s-1970s (reference MSS.76). Coventry Archives holds wartime correspondence of William Wilson, 1941-1946. William Wilson's County Council papers, 1983-1993, are in Warwickshire County Record Office.

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