Evidence submitted to the Royal Commission on the Press.

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises 8 boxes of photocopied typescripts of evidence.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Royal Commission on the Press was set up in 1974 'to inquire into the factors affecting the maintenance of the independence, diversity and editorial standards of newspapers and periodicals'. In the course of its work, the Commission collected evidence from a wide range of individuals and organisations - political bodies and the advertising industry, as well as the newspaper publishers and trade unions themselves. Because of the cost involved, it was decided not to publish this evidence, but to make a copy available for public inspection at the Public Record Office in London and to deposit copies at various other institutions throughout the country.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to bona fide researchers. The Special Collections is open Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm. Access by appointment only. Contact specialcollections@le.ac.uk to make an appointment.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the University of Leicester Library by the Royal Commission on the Press in 1977.

Archivist's Note

Description prepared by Margaret Maclean on 27 July 2011.

Conditions Governing Use

Some of the material in the archive may remain in copyright. Photocopies of material can be supplied for private research purposes only. However, it is the responsibility of users to obtain the copyright holder's permission for reproduction of copyright material for purposes other than research or private study. A copy of such written approval from the copyright holder must be received by the Librarian before reproductions can be made. It is also the researcher's responsibility to obtain the relevant copyright holder's permission to publish or cite papers from the archive. A copy of such written approval from the copyright holder must be received by the Librarian prior to publication. The Library will not be responsible for any failure on the part of authors and publishers to seek such permission to publish. Readers are required to sign a form accepting these conditions.

Related Material

See also 'Interim report' / Royal Commission on the Press: London, HMSO, 1976 and 'Final report' / Royal Commission on the Press: London, HMSO,1977, both of which are in the Official Publications section of the University of Leicester Library.