Papers of William Wilson

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Files as a Member of Parliament, c. 1966-1975. Subjects include legislation against sexual discrimination, 1971-5; Divorce Reform Bill, 1969; and General Elections, 1974.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Wilson was born in 1913 and qualified as a solicitor in 1939. He served in the army during the Second World War in North Africa, Italy and Greece and was demobilised in 1946. During the 1950s he fought several elections unsuccessfully as the Labour candidate in the Leamington and Warwick constituency. In 1964 he won the seat of Coventry South, which he represented until 1974. He was the MP for Coventry South East until his retirement from parliament in 1983. William Wilson was a member of the Commons Select Committee on Race Relations and Immigration from 1970-1979. He was also a member of Warwickshire County Council from 1958-1970 and he was re-elected to that body in 1972. He was the leader of the Labour group of Warwickshire County Council, 1972-1993. William Wilson retired as a solicitor in 1999.


The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

Constituency papers are closed for 30 years.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by William Wilson in 1974-5, 1977, 1980, 1983.

Other Finding Aids

This archive is uncatalogued. A copy of this collection-level description is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.

An authority record exists for William Wilson (GB 152 AAR 2090).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

No destruction has taken place of material in this deposit.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

William Wilson's papers on divorce legislation are also held at the Centre (reference MSS.371/Wilson). Wartime correspondence of William Wilson, 1941-1946, is held at Coventry Archives. William Wilson's County Council papers, 1983-1993, are in Warwickshire County Record Office.

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