GIBBS, Professor Norman Henry, 1910-1990, historian

Scope and Content

Notes for a proposed history of the British War Cabinet [during World War Two], [1945-1952], possibly The British Cabinet system (Stevens & Sons, London, 1952).

Administrative / Biographical History

Born 1910; Open Exhibitioner, Magdalen College, Oxford University, 1928; Assistant Lecturer, University College London, 1934-1936; Fellow and Tutor in Modern History, Merton College, Oxford, 1936; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; 1st King's Dragoon Guards, 1939; Historical Section, War Cabinet Office, 1943; Chichele Professor of the History of War, University of Oxford, 1953-77; former Chairman, Naval Education Advisory Committee; former Member, International Council of the Institute for Strategic Studies; Member of the Council, Royal United Service Institution; Research Associate, Center for International Studies, Princeton, USA, 1965-66; Visiting Professor, University of New Brunswick, 1975-76, the US Military Academy, West Point, 1978-79, and the National University of Singapore, 1982-84; US Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, 1979; Emeritus Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford, 1977; died 1990.
Publications: The origins of Imperial defence (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1955); Makers of England (Oxford University Press, London, 1935); The British Cabinet system (Stevens & Sons, London, 1952); Grand strategy: rearmament policy (H.M.S.O, 1976).



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Archivist's Note

Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996 (A & C Black, 1996); British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97; Historical Manuscripts Commission National Register of Archives. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Separated Material

The Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London, holds correspondence between Gibbs and Capt Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart, 1954-1966 (Ref: LH/1/312 and 4/29); Birmingham University Library has correspondence with Robert Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon, 1959-1966 (Ref: AP 24/31).

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Custodial History

Given by Professor Michael Lee in 1998.