National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

MSS.67/A-C includes NACRO circulated minutes, 1968, NACRO subject files, 1960-1971.

Central Discharged Prisoners' Aid Societies conference proceedings, 1893-1917, annual reports, 1933-63.

Catholic Discharged Prisoners' Aid Society annual reports, 1916-1964

Jewish Discharged Prisoners' Aid Society annual reports, various dates.

City, county and regional Discharged Prisoners' Aid Society annual reports.

Various publications on penal and related topics.

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO) derives from the Central Committee of Discharged Prisoners' Aid Societies (established 1877), later the Central Discharged Prisoners' Aid Society, then the National Association of Discharged Prisoners' Aid Societies. The aim of the organisation was to provide assistance and support to those released from prison.

MSS.67D, the Donaldson papers were deposited later. John George Stuart Donaldson, Lord Donaldson of Kingsbridge, was born 9 October 1907. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge University. His early career was spent in farming and he served in the Royal Engineers during the Second World War. He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland between 1974 and 1976 and then Minister for the Arts, Department of Education and Science 1976-1979. He received an OBE in 1943 and was created a life peer in 1967.

Lord Donaldson was honorary secretary of the National Association of Discharged Prisoners' Aid Society 1961-1966 and chairman of its successor, the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders, from 1966. He became the Association's president in 1974. He died in 1998.

Reference: A & C Black, Who's Who, (London, 1978)

Arrangement

MSS.67/A-C was deposited and box listed first, MSS.67D was received later and has been catalogued to file level.

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://www.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/mrcclass.shtml. It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are restrictions on access to case files until a period of hundred years from last date in file under the Data Protection Act.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the National Association for the Care & Resettlement of Offenders in February 1975. The Donaldson papers (MSS.67D) were deposited by the National Association for the Care & Resettlement of Offenders in July 1979.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom. Paper copies of the draft list for MSS.67A-C and MSS.67D:Donaldson papers, are available in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources

An authority record exists for National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (GB 152 AAR 1143), the National Association of Discharged Prisoners' Aid Societies (GB 152AAR 1144), Donaldson, John George Stuart, Lord Donaldson of Kingsbridge (GB 152AAR1108).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law and closure described above.

Accruals

Further deposits are expected.

Related Material

Researchers may also be interested in the papers of the Radical Alternatives to Prison organisation (MSS110) held at the Centre.

The Papers of the Simon Community are held at Liverpool University Archives. Records of local and regional branches of Discharged Prisoners' Aid Societies are held by the appropriate local repository. Check the National Register of Archives web pages for further information.