PRITT, Denis Nowell, 1887-1972, MP, lawyer and author

Scope and Content

Papers of Denis Nowell Pritt, comprising Political and Legal Papers, 1938-1971; Books, Addresses and Speeches, 1930s-1972; Photographs, 1960s; letter from Pritt and his wife to Rudolph M Lapp and his wife, 1946-1983, with three photographs, c1944-c1947.

Administrative / Biographical History

Denis Noel Pritt, 1887-1972, was educated at Winchester, London University, Germany, Switzerland and Spain. He obtained an LLB from London University and was called to the Bar, Middle Temple, in 1909, he retired from practice in 1960. He was a Labour MP for Hammersmith North from 1935-1950, despite being expelled from the Labour Party in 1940. He was also Professor of Law at the University of Ghana, 1965-1966, chairman of the Howard League for Penal Reform and chairman of the Bentham Committee for Poor Litigants. In addition his interest in peace led him to become president of the British Peace Committee and a member of the World Peace Council. He was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize in 1954.


This collection is divided into six sections: Section 1. Political and Legal Papers, 1938-1961; Section 2. Political and Legal Papers, 1966-1971; Section 3. Books, Addresses and Speeches; Section 4. Photographs; Section 5. Letters from Pritt and his wife. There are some addenda.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Section 5 was donated on 27 Nov 2000 by Rudolph M Lapp.

Other Finding Aids

Bound handlist available and also on database

Archivist's Note

Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on May 29, 2002

Conditions Governing Use


Custodial History

Most of the early papers of this collection were destroyed in an air raid in 1941. The present collection covers only the later part of his political career.