The archive includes a considerable body of correspondence by Mary Whitehouse, to leading politicians and key persons in various successive UK governments and television stations, as well as letters of complaint by members of the public. Also included are notes for books and publications by NVALA, newsletters both local and foreign, newspaper cuttings, photographs of Mary Whitehouse's overseas tours, and audiovisual material.
The collection has come to the Albert Sloman Library in various batches, giving rise to five separate sections. Section 1 was received in 1993; Section 2 was in 2000, Section 3 in 2001 (John Beyer's correspondence), and Section 4 in 2002. Section 5 is a miscellaneous collection of unsorted material received in 1999 relating to various items and issues central to NVALA's objectives.
The content may be summarised as follows:
Section 1: Correspondence praising Mary Whitehouse; complaints by viewers over programmes; NVALA constitution and publications; executive committee meetings; NVALA accounts; publications on various issues, such as blasphemy, cable TV and broadcasting by satellite, obscene publications, pornography, school children's viewing habits, AIDs, videos; NVALA newsletter; regional executive committees; monitoring surveys of TV, film, theatre content; monitoring drink and violence on radio and TV, as well as human relationships; films and film broadcasting on TV objected to by NVALA, as well as theatre productions, records, books, and radio programmes objectionable to NVALA; viewers' correspondence; correspondence with BBC top personnel; petitions and reports by NVALA to the BBC; correspondence with chairmen and directors general of ITA and IBA; correspondence with various government ministers, plus questionnaires given to ministers; Annan Committee on the future of broadcasting; Williams Committee on Obscenity and Film Censorship; bills and parliamentary acts relating to obscenity, including posters and advertisements about the need for legal changes; material associated with books about and by Mary Whitehouse, including correspondence, press cuttings, speeches, articles and drafts; Mary Whitehouse on television and radio, including correspondence, transcripts, newspaper articles relating to her media appearances; correspondence with and from members of the public, and with the Church, the Order of Christian Unity, and the Conservative Family Campaign; issues central to NVALA campaigns: sex education, pornography, sex shops, videos, Cable TV, violence on TV, alleged subversive tendencies in the media, homosexuality, race relations, drink and drugs, censorship, Nationwide Festival of Light, ABUSE (Action to Ban Sexual Exploitation of Children), Albany Trust and PIE (Paedophile Information Exchange); the Responsible Society, Family Planning Association and other forums and organisations; overseas correspondence and Mary Whitehouse's visits to the USA, Australia and South Africa; John Beyer's correspondence as organising secretary; and miscellaneous press cuttings
Section 2: Comprises NVALA executive committee papers and regional branch group papers; campaigns outlawing pornography; campaigns about religious education and sex education; general correspondence and correspondence on specific issues, such as child abuse; Mary Whitehouse's tour of Britain
Section 3: John Beyer's correspondence from 1988 to 1999; office diaries from 1988 to 1994; miscellaneous papers and correspondence; newspaper cuttings; letters to and from NVALA; NVALA responses to government measures; reports and publications
Section 4: Correspondence with solicitors; NVALA accounts and finances; Mary Whitehouse's correspondence with 10 Downing Street, with Margaret Thatcher and John Major, as well as various other politicians; John Beyer's correspondence; NVALA publications; convention speeches
Section 5: Various issues of concern to NVALA, such as abortion, alcoholism, drugs, violence, homosexuality and AIDS; BBC programmes monitored from 1985 to 1995; information on various organisations both local and foreign sympathetic to NVALA aims; newspaper cuttings; letters and complaints by members of the public alerting NVALA to certain television episodes, or theatrical productions.