Correspondence file, 1945

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 GDN/338/2/22-58
  • Dates of Creation
      11 Jul 1945-7 Dec 1945
  • Physical Description
      36 pieces (39 sheets)

Scope and Content

Letters between M. Philips Price and A.P. Wadsworth, in addition to the Chief Clerk of the Foreign Office, regarding Philips Price's plans to visit Russia as a special correspondent for the Guardian, shortly after Parliamentary elections.

Over the course of approximately five months, Philips Price undergoes the process of acquiring a visa from the Russian government, as well as necessary travel funds from the Guardian and the Foreign Office in London, in order to write a prorposed five articles for the Guardian on the socio-economic climate of the Soviet Union immediately following the conclusion of World War II. His letters specify apparent communication difficulties with F.T. Gusev, Soviet Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and Konstantin Kukin, Counselor at the Soviet Embassy in London. Philips Price and Wadsworth discuss his extensive travel preparations and eventual journey in the context of the Yalta Conference and contemporary Anglo-Russian relations.

There is also an exchange between Wadsworth and Philips Price's wife, Lisa, about whether the Guardian should publish an account Philips Price wrote en route to the Soviet Union about the Russian presence in Berlin. Further letters in this item indicate that Mrs Price sent Wadsworth her husband's travel diary for review and possible publication.

Dated from Taynton, Gloucester; the House of Commons, London; the Guardian offices in Manchester; the Foreign Office, London; Moscow.