ADAMS, Samuel Vyvyan Trerice, 1900-1951, MP

Scope and Content

The majority of this collection consists of correspondence between Vyvyan Adams other politicians, his constituents and letters regarding his candidacy. The collection is divided into eight sections: Section 1: Correspondence, 1924-1951; Section 2: Miscellaneous papers, 1895-1941; Section 3: Articles and transcripts, 1912-1944; Section 4: Speeches, 1933-1939; Section 5: Pamphlets and printed materials, 1914-1953; Section 6: Capital punishment, 1929-1949; Section 7: Press cuttings, 1933-1950; Section 8: Coronation souvenirs, 1937. The political correspondence and the ordered files correspondence reflects his opposition to appeasment policies and the general themes of the time. Articles and transcripts relate to political figures of the time and the publication of Right Honourable Gentlemen . Speeches cover miscellaneous topics. Pamphlets and printed material cover international issues. The capital punishment file contains miscellaneous material relating to capital punishment. Press cuttings relate to political affairs. Coronation souvenirs contain miscellaneous items relating to the 1936 coronation of Edward VIII.

Administrative / Biographical History

Samuel Vyvyan Trerice Adams was born on 22 April 1900 and was drowned at Helston in Cornwall on 13 August 1951. He was educated at the Kings School, Cambridge and then went on to Kings College, Cambridge, where he took the Classical Tripos, parts 1 and 11. He was called to the Bar in 1927 and worked as lawyer until 1931 when he was elected as the Conservative MP for the Leeds West Constituency, defeating a large Liberal majority. During World War II he was in the army, reaching the rank of major and continuing his duties as an MP. After being defeated in the 1945 elections he worked as a manager in industry for some time and then became the Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for the East Fulham Constituency 1947 - 1950. After failing to win election he worked as a political researcher for Conservative Central Office and was prospective candidate for Ormskirk, Lancashire and Darwen, Lancashire. He also supplemented his income by writing articles reviews and books. Under the pseudonym 'Watchman' he wrote Right Honourable Gentlemen .


The personal and constituency letters are arranged by date and within this by alphabetical order. The political correspondence and the ordered files correspondence is arranged in date order. Miscellaneous papers are arranged in date order. Articles and transcripts are arranged in date order. Speeches are arranged in date order. Pamphlets and printed material are arranged in date order. The capital punishment file is arranged in date order. Press cuttings are arranged in date order.

Access Information


Other Finding Aids

Listed on database, bound handlist available.

Alternative Form Available

Selected Press Cuttings albums (7/1-7/4) have been microfilmed. Readers can use the microfilms for making copies.

Archivist's Note

Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on January 31, 2002.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is held by the family.

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