National Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

National Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty: minutes, 1923-48; annual reports, 1925-48; balance sheets, 1925-35. Thou Shalt Not Kill, 1932-4; (WarTime) Bulletin, 1940-9; other publications.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Council was set up in 1925, after 18 months' work by a Consultative Council of representatives of societies working for abolition. In 1948, it merged with the Howard League for Penal Reform.

Reference: Chris Cook and David Waller, The Longman Guide to Sources in Contemporary British History 1: Organisations and Societies (Longman, 1994)

Conditions Governing Access


Archivist's Note

Authority files exist for the National Council (GB 152 AAR0715), the Howard League (GBR 0152 AAR0714) and the Penal Reform League (GBR 0152 AAR0716).

Custodial History

The records were deposited with the Centre by the Howard League, in 1974.