Derek Ingram papers

Scope and Content

Includes Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Meetings / Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings papers, 1961-2013, including transcripts of speeches; interviews with / transcripts of speeches by Sonny Ramphal, Don McKinnon, Arnold Smith, Emeka Anyaoku; Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, c1986-c2011; Commonwealth Journalists Association, 1976-2012; Gemini News Service, c1966-c2000; Malawi presidential election, 1994; visit to India, 1953; reports from Africa, 1961; Rhodesia, c1956-1980; Northern Rhodesia / Zambia, c1958-2014; Pakistan elections, 1993; Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, c1977-c2002; transcripts of talks, c1961-c2010; draft articles and books; Commonwealth Games, 1976-2010; Commonwealth Observer Group, Zimbabwe elections, 1980; Royal Commonwealth Society, c1962-c2013; Commonwealth Institute, c1965-c2009; Commonwealth Correspondents Association, c1968-1971; Diplomatic and Commonwealth Writers Association of Britain, c1972-c2004; Commonwealth Press Union, c1972-2008; the Commonwealth and the European Economic Community / European Union, c1967-c1998; Britain-Tanzania Society, c1975-2012; Britain-Zimbabwe Society, 1981-c1994; Zambia Society, 1966-2009; notes on interviews with Michael Manley, S. K. Rao, Milton Obote, Lord Carrington, Julius Nyerere, Abu Sayeed, Douglas Hurd, Edward Seaga; correspondents include Garfield Todd, Judith Todd, Joshua Nkomo, Richard Hall, Patrick Keatley.

Administrative / Biographical History

Derek Ingram was a British journalist and author, who was widely acknowledged as a leading authority on issues related to the Commonwealth of Nations. He co-founded the Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA) in 1978, and served as President of the CJA from 1980. In 1990, he was elected President Emeritus. The CJA provided training all around the world. Derek Ingram worked for the Daily Mail for seventeen years, eventually becoming the deputy editor. A difference of opinion with the chairman, Viscount Rothermere, caused him to resign from the paper. Gemini News Service was founded on 1 January 1967 by Derek Ingram and Oliver Carruthers. Their ambition was to improve the flow of news between developed and developing worlds by providing subscribers with news and commentary from across the world. The Panos Institute took over the management of Gemini in 1999 and the service continued until its closure in 2002. In 1987 Derek Ingram was instrumental in the establishment of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative. He was a member of the Round Table Moot from 1971. The Commonwealth summit in Malta in 2005 was the nineteenth consecutive summit covered by Derek Ingram, who was also a vice-president of the Royal Commonwealth Society. Derek Ingram was the author of several books including The Commonwealth at Work (1969).


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Conditions Governing Access

Open for research although some files are closed under Freedom of Information legislation. At least 24 hours advance notice should be given.

Acquisition Information

From Derek Ingram.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued to file-level on the Senate House Libraries archives catalogue,

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Special Collections Reading Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Related Material

Gemini news agency archives are held by the Guardian archives.