Papers of Wilfrid Roberts MP (1900-1991), Liberal politician: National Joint Committee for Spanish Relief

Scope and Content

Files as Secretary to National Joint Committee for Spanish Relief, 1937-40.

Administrative / Biographical History

Wilfrid Roberts (1900-1991) was the Liberal MP for North Cumberland, 1935-50, and a leading figure in the Basque Children's Committee and other Spanish relief bodies.

Reference: T. Buchanan, 'The Spanish Civil War and the British Labour Movement' (Cambridge, 1991).

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

Acquisition Information

The collection was deposited at the Centre in 1991 by Wilfrid Roberts, with further material added after his death by his daughters.

Other Finding Aids

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.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Centre also holds the following papers: North Stoneham Camp for Basque Children, photographs and letters, 1937 (MSS.393); Olga McCleland, Assistant Secretary, National Joint Committee for Spanish Relief (Basque Children's Committee): address book, photograph of Mrs McCleland, and two phonograph records of traditional Basque songs recorded by the Basque Children's Choir, 1937-1938 (MSS.21/3535); Newsletter of the Basque Children of '37 Association: UK, no. 2 (September 2004) (MSS.21/3573).

Liverpool University holds the papers of Eleanor Rathbone MP (1872-1946), who was a member of the National Joint Committee for Spanish Relief and the Honorary Secretary of the Parliamentary Committee on Refugees.