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The Papers of Sir Winston Churchill

The Churchill Archive comprises material in almost 2500 boxes, consisting of a variety of formats including paper, photgraphs and artefacts. 

The catalogue was written by, and is maintained by, the Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College, Cambridge. It divides the Archive into two groups, or 'series'. The papers dating from before 27 July 1945, when Churchill's first term as Prime Minister ended, are known as the Chartwell Papers (catalogue reference CHAR) and were originally owned by the Chartwell Trust. The papers dating from after 27 July 1945 (catalogue reference CHUR) are known as the Churchill Papers and were given to Churchill College by Lady Churchill in 1969.

Within these two series the catalogue offers more detailed classifications relating to the type of material, and in many (though not all) cases describes individual documents.
 

Personal (CHAR 1 and CHUR 1), 1884-1965

The papers of Churchill as a private person. They include correspondence with or about his family and friends on non-public topics and papers relating to Churchill's personal, financial and legal affairs and his social life.

CHAR 1 Personal 1884 - 1945 select this
CHUR 1 Personal 1945 - 1965 select this

Public and Political: general (CHAR 2 and CHUR 2), 1898-1964

The papers relating to Churchill's activities as a person in public life other than his work as MP for a particular constituency or as a Minister. The content of these classes is very diverse and includes notes and correspondence with colleagues, acquaintances and the general public on topics of contemporary general interest, on party political matters, and on appointments to various positions. These classes also include papers relating to governmental business with which Churchill was not involved as a Minister or a member of the Cabinet.

CHAR 2 Public and Political: general 1898 - 1945 select this
CHUR 2 Public and Political: general 1945 - 1965 select this

Constituency (CHAR 3-CHAR 7, and CHUR 3), 1900-1964

These classes cover each of the constituencies represented by Churchill (Oldham, North-West Manchester, Dundee, Epping and Woodford). Each class contains correspondence and papers relating to local affairs generally, elections, meetings and speeches. There is correspondence with constituents on general political topics and about Churchill's actions on behalf of local interests.

CHAR 3 Political: Constituency 1900 - 1905 select this
CHAR 4 Political: Constituency 1904 - 1908 select this
CHAR 5 Political: Constituency 1908 - 1922 select this
CHAR 6 Political: Constituency 1923 - 1924 select this
CHAR 7 Political: Constituency 1924 - 1945 select this
CHUR 3 Political: Constituency 1943 - 1965 select this

Literary (CHAR 8 and CHUR 4), 1890-1965

These classes contain correspondence with publishers, editors and printers, and other correspondence in connection with Churchill's huge output of literary and journalistic work both during and after publication. The classes also contain material assembled for writing, notes and drafts, printer's copy, proofs and reviews.

CHAR 8 Literary 1890 - 1945 select this
CHUR 4 Literary 1924 - 1965 select this

Speeches (CHAR 9 and CHUR 5), 1897-1965

The papers in these classes are arranged (as far as possible) by particular speeches and include notes, drafts, speaking notes, press releases, press cuttings, extracts from Hansard (the parliamentary record of debates in the House of Commons) and printed material.

CHAR 9 Speeches 1897 - 1945 select this
CHUR 5 Speeches 1942 - 1960 select this

Official (CHAR 10-27, CHUR 6), 1902-1955

There is one class for each office held by Churchill. The departmental classes contain the correspondence, memoranda, prints, and other papers arising out of Churchill's activities as a Minister responsible for particular departments and include correspondence with colleagues, officials, acquaintances, and the general public.

CHAR 10 Official 1902 - 1908 select this
CHAR 11 Official 1906 - 1911 select this
CHAR 12 Official 1910 - 1911 select this
CHAR 13 Official 1911 - 1915 select this
CHAR 14 Official 1915 select this
CHAR 15 Official 1917 - 1919 select this
CHAR 16 Official 1918 - 1921 select this
CHAR 17 Official 1920 - 1922 select this
CHAR 18 Official 1924 - 1929 select this
CHAR 19 Official 1939 - 1940 select this
CHAR 20 Official 1940 - 1945 select this
CHAR 21 Official 1908 - 1915 select this
CHAR 22 Official 1920 - 1929 select this
CHAR 23 Official 1939 - 1945 select this
CHAR 24 Official 1909 - 1914 select this
CHAR 25 Official 1920 - 1939 select this
CHAR 26 Official 1914-1915 select this
CHAR 27 Official 1917 - 1919 select this
CHUR 6 Official 1951 - 1955 select this

Other (CHAR 28-30), 1690-1960

Papers acquired at various times by inheritance or gift; miscellaneous papers; obsolete lists

CHAR 28 Other 1690 - 1960 select this
CHAR 29 Other 1906 - 1924 select this
CHAR 30 Other 1921 - 1952 select this