SIR HENRY MORRIS-JONES PAPERS

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Papers of Sir Henry Morris-Jones, 1896-2003, including diaries, 1911-1918, 1925-1944; pocket diaries, 1912-1962; personal notebooks, 1950-1962; letters, 1923-1963, mainly from fellow MPs; parliamentary papers, 1941-1949 and 1963; miscellaneous papers, 1906-1965; papers relating to a parliamentary delegation to Buchenwald concentration camp, 1945; notes on his ancestors, 1896-1945; press cuttings and photographs relating to his career, 1927-1960; and copies, typescripts and material relating to his publications, including Doctor in the Whips' Room, 1915-2003.

This collection includes the extensive series of diaries upon which he based his autobiography, Doctor in the Whips' Room (1955), and over 180 letters, selected by Sir Henry from his personal correspondence shortly before his death.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir John Henry Morris-Jones (1884-1972), M.C., L.R.C.P. and S. (Edin.), D.L. J.P., was MP for Denbigh, 1929-1950. Born in Waunfawr, Caernarfonshire, he was educated at Menai Bridge Grammar School, Anglesey, and St Mungo's College, Glasgow, qualifying as a doctor in 1906. He practised for over 20 years as a general practitioner in Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, and became Chairman of Colwyn Bay Urban District Council and a member of Denbighshire County Council. During the First World War, he was a medical officer with the 2nd Battalion of the Worcester Regiment, serving in France at a Red Cross Hospital at Wimeraux, and later served in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was elected as the Liberal MP for Denbigh in 1929, becoming a Liberal National after 1931 and retiring in 1950. He was assistant Government Whip, 1932-1935, and a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, 1935-1937 and Hon. Treasurer and Joint Hon. Secretary of the Reception Committee for the Royal Visit to North Wales, 1937. He chaired the Welsh Parliamentary Liberal Party, 1941-1942 and was a member of the Parliamentary Delegation to Australia for the sesqui-centenary celebrations, 1938, and the Delegation to Buchenwald Concentration Camp, 1945. He wrote an autobiography, 'Doctor in the Whips' Room' (1955). In 1931 he married Leila Augusta Paget-Marsland; he was knighted in 1937. He died on 9 July 1972 at Bryn Dyfnog, his home at Llanrhaeadr, near Denbigh.

Arrangement

Arranged into the following: diaries; pocket diaries; personal notebooks; correspondence; papers; press cuttings; photographs; and publications.

Conditions Governing Access

Data Protection Act restrictions will apply to any items less than 100 years old that contain personal information as defined by the Act. Originally depositor's permission required to view (revoked Nov 2007).

Acquisition Information

Deposited by F.P.U. Phillips, Ludlow, Shropshire, 1972.

Note

Please order documents using the alternative reference number (where provided).

Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Sir Henry Morris-Jones MSS Catalogue; Veysey, A. G. (ed.), Guide to the Flintshire Record Office (Denbigh, 1974); 'Sir Henry Morris-Jones Former MP for Denbigh', The Times, 11 July 1972, p. 16.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Flintshire Record Office and the National Register of Archives. Catalogue is searchable online at: http://calmview.flintshire.gov.uk/CalmView/

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project and modified by Steven Davies of Flintshire Record Office. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Sir Henry Morris-Jones MSS Catalogue; Veysey, A. G. (ed.), Guide to the Flintshire Record Office (Denbigh, 1974); 'Sir Henry Morris-Jones Former MP for Denbigh', The Times, 11 Jul 1972, p. 16.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

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Appraisal Information

All records have been retained.

Accruals

Accruals are not expected.

Geographical Names