The collection contains the personal papers of Hugh Cudlipp, Lord Cudlipp of Aldingbourne, former editor of the Daily Mirror and Chairman of International Publishing Corporation. They range from letters and documents concerning his early journalistic career in Cardiff and south Wales, through his rise to editorial prominence in Fleet Street and work with the IPC, and demonstrate his close connections with a wide range of people in journalism, the government and parliament.
Hugh Cudlipp was born in Cardiff in 1913 and started his career on the Penarth News in 1929. He worked on newspapers in Cardiff and Manchester before becoming features editor of the Daily Mirror and subsequently editor of the Sunday Pictorial in 1938. Following service in the Army during the Second World War, where he served in North Africa and produced a chain of Services daily newspapers, notably 'Union Jack', he returned to Fleet Street, resuming his editorship of the Sunday Pictorial.
He became managing editor of the Sunday Express in 1950 and moved to the Daily Mirror as editorial director in 1952. He remained associated with the Mirror Group through his chairmanship of the Daily Mirror Newspapers and the International Publishing Corporation until his retirement in 1973. He was made an OBE in 1945, knighted in 1973 and created a life peer in 1974.
Throughout his life Hugh Cudlipp was a personal friend and professional colleague of Cecil King and the archive contains much material relating particularly to the dismissal of Cecil King from the chairmanship of the IPC.
The archive represents a valuable resource for studying the the development and influence of of the British popular press in the post war years.