Archive of Donald Bradley Somervell, Baron Somervell of Harrow
Papers, 1934-1954, of Donald Bradley Somervell, Baron Somervell of Harrow. Comprises:
- (fols. 1-100) Journal, 1934-1937, including description of Somervell’s appointment as Solicitor-General, 1934, Budget leakage tribunal ,1936, abdication crisis, 1936, coronation oath, 1937, and divorce of Wallis Simpson (later Duchess of Windsor), 1937
- (fols. 101-108) Memorandum sent to Somervell as Attorney-General outlining the Bill of Abdication, Nov. 1936
- (fols. 109-114) Memorandum sent to Somervell as Attorney-General concerning the abdication in relation to the Dominions, Nov. 1936
- (fols. 115-199) Copies of letters sent to the King’s Proctor concerning the Simpson divorce case, 1936-1937
- (fols. 200-202) Copy of account by Somervell of speech delivered by General Smuts to the Other Club, London, c. 1943
- (fols. 203-206) Copy of account by Somervell of conversation at the Other Club with Winston Churchill and others including Churchill’s views on the atomic bomb, 1945
- (fols. 207-292) Typed memoir of Somervell’s political life, c. 1947-1948
- (fols. 293-323) Copies of letters, 1953-1954, sent to Somervell and his brother, David Churchill Somervell, concerning the latter’s book Stanley Baldwin: an examination of some features of Mr. G. M. Youn’s biography (London, 1953)
- Creation: 1934-1954
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 6565, fols. 1-2].
MS. Eng. c. 6565, fols. 1-325
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 12164
Archive of Donald Bradley Somervell, Baron Somervell of Harrow.
Biographical / Historical
Donald Bradley Somervell (1889-1960) was Baron Somervell of Harrow, a politician and a judge. For more details see the Dictionary of National Biography.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Given by Baron Somervell’s nephew, Robert Somervell, in 1972.
- Archive of Donald Bradley Somervell, Baron Somervell of Harrow
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