Scope and Content

Papers of Lord Elwyn-Jones and family, 1920-1994, including pocket diaries, 1934-1988; letters and cards, 1944-1989, from his wife, members of the Royal Family and others; photographs, 1976-1991; papers relating to war crimes trials, 1946, 1989; copies of his books, 1937-1983; orders of service for his funeral and memorial services, 1989-1990; tape and video recordings, 1985-1994; papers of Pearl Binder, his wife, a writer and artist, 1920-1990, including diaries and notebooks, 1920-1960, and letters and cards, 1936-1989; and pocket diaries of W. Idris Jones, 1929-1971. RESTRICTED ACCESS - These documents are not to be produced for public inspection without the permission of the depositor.

Administrative / Biographical History

Frederick Elwyn Jones, Baron Elwyn-Jones of Llanelli and Newham, (1909-1989) was born in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, and was educated at Llanelli Grammar School, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and Cambridge University. A barrister, he served in the Second World War as Deputy Judge Advocate, 1943-1945. He was a prosecution counsel at the war crimes tribunal at Nuremberg and also took part in many well-known criminal trials. He was Labour MP for Plaistow (later West Ham South), 1945-1974, and served as Attorney-General, 1964-1970, and Lord Chancellor, 1974-1979. He was knighted in 1964, and was created Baron Elwyn-Jones of Llanelli and Newham in 1974. He wrote several books including In My Time: An Autobiography (London, 1983). In 1937, he married Pearl Binder (1904-1990), a writer and artist, and they had a son and two daughters. He died on 4 December 1989 and was buried at Central London Cemetery. Lord Elwyn-Jones' brother was Dr Walter Idris Jones (1900-1971), a distinguished scientist and sportsman.


Arranged by deposit.

Conditions Governing Access

RESTRICTED ACCESS - These documents are not to be produced for public inspection without the permission of the depositor.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by his daughter, the Hon. Mrs J. Gladstone, Hawarden Castle, 1991-1994.


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Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Flintshire Record Office.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained.

Custodial History

The papers passed to his daughter, the Hon. Mrs J. Gladstone, on his death, and items relating to his funeral were added.


Accruals are not expected.

Related Material

Further papers are in National Library of Wales, Lord Elwyn-Jones Papers, and Cledwyn Jones Papers.

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