Smith (Patrick) Papers

Scope and Content

Papers, 1942-c1970, of Patrick Smith, largely typescript dispatches or transcripts for broadcasts for the BBC on foreign affairs from various locations where he was stationed, and including material on World War Two, and on affairs in the Roman Catholic Church and the Vatican in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born 1915; read Modern Languages at University College London, 1934-1937, 1938-1939; foreign correspondent for the BBC from 1942; served in Vienna and later Berlin from the mid-1940s until the early 1950s; stationed in Cairo during the Suez Crisis (1956); served in Cape Town in the late 1950s; served in Rome from the 1960s until his retirement in the 1970s; chief Mediterranean correspondent; OBE, 1969; died, 1979. Publication: 'A desk in Rome' (Collins, London, 1974).


As received, largely filed by date.

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Acquisition Information

The papers were given to University College London by Smith's children Karen Holden and Nicholas Smith via Professor J A North, Head of University College London History Department, in 1994.

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