Conservative Party Archive: Conservative Central Office - Young Conservatives
Comprises the following papers:
- Young Conservatives National Advisory Committee
- Policy Reports and Working Groups
- Officers' Papers
- Annual Conference
- Membership, Recruitment and Internal Elections
- Legal and Disciplinary Matters
- External Relations
- Area Branches
- Financial Papers
- Creation: 1946-1995
4.31 Linear metres (64 boxes)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
General access conditions apply to this material.
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries, Conservative Party Archive [followed by shelfmark, e.g. CCO 506/15/1].
Full range of shelfmarks:
CCO 506/14-21; CCO 506/23-24; CCO 506/33-42
Collection ID (for staff)
CPA CCO 506/C
Archive of the Young Conservatives, 1946-1995.
Biographical / Historical
The Young Conservatives evolved out of the Junior Imperial League and was more closely integrated with Party structure at every level. It was formed as a National Advisory Committee of the National Union, with Area Advisory Committees at Area level and branches in most constituencies. In its early years it proved phenomenally successful, with over 1,000 branches formed in its first 6 months, and 2,375 by its peak in December 1949. Thereafter membership dropped off, from 160,433 in 1949 to 27,500 in 1978, and 6-9,000 in 1993. It catered for the 16-30 year old age group. In 1998 it was closed and replaced by a new organisation, Conservative Future, but was relaunched again as the Young Conservatives in 2018.
The Conservative Party Archive (CPA) was established as a source for academic study at the Bodleian Library in 1978 by an agreement made between the University of Oxford and the Conservative Party, and brought together surviving historic papers of the Party previously held in various locations including Newcastle University Library and the former Conservative Central Office in Smith Square, London. Since 1996, ownership and financial responsibility for the CPA has been vested in the Conservative Party Archive Trust. The CPA preserves the records of all three areas of Party organisation: parliamentary, voluntary and professional. It is recognised by the Conservative Party as the official repository for its historic records and those of affiliated organisations, and receives new material on a regular basis.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Conservative Party.
- Conservative Party | affiliated organisations (Organisation)
- Conservative Party | Conservative Central Office (Organisation)
- Conservative Party | Young Conservative and Unionist Organisation (Organisation)
- Conservative Party (Organisation)
- Federation of University Conservative and Unionist Associations (Organisation)
- Conservative Party Archive: Young Conservatives CPA CCO 506/C
- In Process Abigail S
- Annaliese Griffiss and Abigail Spokes
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is written in: English, Latin script.
- Edition statement
- Second Edition.