Wilfrid Roberts papers

Archive Collection

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)


The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://www.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/mrcclass.shtml. It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

The collection was deposited at the Centre in 1991 by Wilfrid Roberts' daughter, Mrs. Joanna Matthews.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level description is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom. A file-level catalogue of the deposit 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 Wilfrid Roberts (GB 152 AAR0976).

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).

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.