Papers of Frank Stacey (1923-1977), Francis Hill Professor of Local Government at The University of Nottingham, 1963-1977

Scope and Content

The collection contains files of correspondence, interview notes, newspaper cuttings, reports, photocopies, manuscript notes and drafts belonging to Frank Stacey. Many of the files relate in some part to preparation for his work on ombudsmen in different countries. Principal series include the following:

Papers relating to the Social Science Research Council including the work of its Research into Central Government Panel and its Local Government Panel, 1970s (FS 1);

Papers relating to ombudsmen in England, Wales and Scotland, 1973-1977 (FS 2);

Research papers relating to ombudsmen in different countries, 1963-1977 (FS 3);

Papers relating to the Political Studies Association conference, 1973 (FS 4);

Papers relating to the role of the British Parliamentary Commissioner, 1975-1977 (FS 5);

Materials relating to the UK Health Service including the role of the Health Service Commissioner and the National Health Service Wales, 1970-1977 (FS 6);

'Reform at the Centre of Government in the United Kingdom', a paper given to the Olivetti Foundation in Italy by Frank Stacey in 1977 (FS 7);

Published material collected by Frank Stacey (FS 8); 1959-1979

Materials relating to the Public Administration Committee Conference on training in the Civil Service, 1977 (FS 9).

Administrative / Biographical History

Frank Stacey was educated at the University of Cambridge (graduated, 1948) and Nuffield College, Oxford (B.Phil., 1950). In 1951, he was appointed to University College Swansea as an assistant lecturer. At first he taught political theory and institutions in the department of history but then moved to the newly formed department of politics in 1955 and became a senior lecturer in politics in 1967. While in Swansea, Stacey was at one time chairman of the Swansea branch of the Campaign for the Advancement of State Education and a member of the Swansea National Health Service Executive Committee.

In 1974 he moved to The University of Nottingham to become the first Francis Hill Professor of Local Government. In 1976, Stacey was appointed to the Public Administration Committee of the Standing University Council for Social and Public Administration, and the Political Science and International Relations Committee of the Social Science Research Council. Professor Stacey died on 3 October 1977.

Stacey published a number of works including The Government of Modern Britain (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1968), The British Ombudsman (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971), A new Bill of Rights for Britain (Newton Abbot: David and Charles, 1973), and British Government 1966-1975 - Years of Reform (Oxford University Press, 1975). Ombudsmen Compared (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978), in which he compared ombudsmen systems in various countries, was posthumously published in 1978.


The collection is arranged into case file series.

Access Information

Accessible to all registered readers.

Other Finding Aids

Online: Available on the Manuscripts Online Catalogue, accessible from the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections. Copyright in the description belongs to The University of Nottingham.

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Conditions Governing Use

Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email

Custodial History

The collection was acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts in November 1979.


Frank Stacey, Ombudsmen Compared (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978)

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