National Association for the Care & Resettlement of Offenders: Donaldson Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The material reflects various aspects of Lord Donaldson's work for the National Association of Discharged Prisoners' Aid Society and, later, the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders.

Administrative / Biographical History

John George Stuart Donaldson (Lord Donaldson of Kingsbridge) was born 9 October 1907. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge University. His early career was spent in farming and he served in the Royal Engineers during the Second World War. He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland between 1974 and 1976 and then Minister for the Arts, Department of Education and Science 1976-1979. He received an OBE in 1943 and was created a life peer in 1967.

Lord Donaldson was honourary secretary of the National Association of Discharged Prisoners' Aid Society 1961-1966 and chairman of its successor, the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders, from 1966. He became the Association's president in 1974. He died in 1998.

Reference: A & C Black, Who's who, (London, 1978)

Conditions Governing Access

Access : Files regarding individual prisoners are closed for thirty years from the date of completion.

Archivist's Note

An authority file exists for Lord Donaldson (GB 152 AAR1108) and the National Association for the Care & Resettlement of Offenders (GBR 0152 AAR1143).

Custodial History

The material was deposited by the National Association for the Care & Resettlement of Offenders in July 1979.