CHORLEY, Robert Samuel Theodore, 1895 - 1978, 1st Baron Chorley, Lawyer and Conservationist

Scope and Content

This collection consists of papers kept by Lord Chorley concerning his work at the Ministry of Labour during World War One, including weekly reports from the ministry and essays by Lord Chorley; minutes of meetings and discussion papers from the New Fabian Research Bureau; official papers which cover Lord Chorley's work as member of government and legal committees; papers relating to his membership of the National Co-operating Body for Education; and papers relating to his work in the Association of University Teachers, including material on the reconstruction of German universities.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Samuel Theodore Chorley, 1895 - 1978, was born in Kendal and educated at Kendal School and Queens College, Oxford. During World War I, he served in the Foreign Office and Ministry of Labour. Although he was called to the Bar in 1920 he spent most of his early life teaching law. He was a tutor at the Law Society's School of Law 1920 - 1924 and Lecturer in Commercial Law 1924 - 1930, the Sir Ernest Cassel Professor of Commercial and Industrial Law at the London School of Economics 1930 - 1946, Dean of the Faculty of Laws at the University of London 1939 - 1942, and was made an honorary fellow of the London School of Economics in 1970. He was involved with the Association of University Teachers from 1938 to 1965. After the war he contested Northwich Division for Labour in the 1945 General Election. He became interested in penal reform and was a vice president of the Howard League for Penal Reform in 1948, president of the National Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty 1945 - 1948, chairman of the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Delinquency, 1950 - 1956 and president 1956 - 1976. His other main interest was the countryside, serving as vice-chairman of the National Trust, honorary secretary of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England 1935 - 1967, vice-president and president of the Fell Rock Climbing Club of the English Lake District, and a member of the Friends of the Lake District.


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Archivist's Note

Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on February 1, 2002

Separated Material

Manchester University: John Rylands Library, holds letters of Chorley to the Manchester Guardian, 1947-1953 (Ref: Guardian archives); Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts holds his correspondence relating to the Society for the Protection of Science and Learning, 1933-1952 (Ref: SPSL); Cambridge University: Centre of South Asian Studies holds papers relating to the Parliamentary Delegation to India, 1946; King's College London: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives holds his correspondence with Sir Basil Liddell Hart(Ref: KCLMA Liddell Hart B H).

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Related Material

BLPSE also holds Chorley's papers on National Parks,1945-1946 (Ref : Coll misc 299).