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Conservative Party Archive: Conservative Central Office - Student Organisations


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Comprises the following papers:

  1. FUCUA/FCS – National, Executive and General Purposes Committee
  2. FUCUA/FCS - Annual reports
  3. FUCUA/FCS – Officers' papers
  4. FUCUA/FCS – Conferences
  5. FUCUA/FCS – University Conservative Associations
  6. FUCUA/FCS – External relations
  7. FUCUA/FCS – Legal, disciplinary and constitutional matters
  8. FUCUA/FCS – Membership, recruitment and elections
  9. FUCUA/FCS – Campaigns and publicity
  10. FUCUA/FCS – Training
  11. FUCUA/FCS – Research and reports
  12. FUCUA/FCS – General administration
  13. CCF/Conservative Students – National and Executive Committee
  14. CCF/Conservative Students – Reform and reorganisation
  15. CCF/Conservative Students – Area branches
  16. CCF/Conservative Students – Conferences
  17. CCF/Conservative Students – External relations
  18. CCF/Conservative Students – Campaigns and publicity
  19. CCF/Conservative Students – Membership, recruitment and elections
  20. CCF/Conservative Students – Training
  21. CCF/Conservative Students – Briefings, policy papers and reports
  22. CCF/Conservative Students – Research and subject files
  23. CCF/Conservative Students – General administration
  24. NACG – National and Executive Committee
  25. NACG – Constitution
  26. NACG – Graduate Associations (pre-NACG)
  27. NACG – Branches
  28. NACG – Correspondence
  29. NACG – General papers and administration


  • Creation: 1948-1997


8.577 Linear metres (120 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

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Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries, Conservative Party Archive [followed by shelfmark, e.g. CCO 506/25/1].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

CCO 506/25-32; CCO 506/43-52; CCO 506/54-73

Collection ID (for staff)



Archive of Conservative Party Student Organisations, 1948-1997.

Biographical / Historical

The Federation of University Conservative and Unionists Associations (FUCUA) was set up in the late 1940s to act as a bridge between the student movement and the Conservative Party. The students were organised not in the constituency associations but in separate branches of the Federation based on universities and colleges. It was renamed the Federation of Conservative Students (FCS) following the recommendation of its General Purposes Committee on 18th February 1967. Following its controversial swing to the right, it was closed down in 1986 by the then Party Chairman, Norman Tebbit, for bringing the Party into disrepute.

The Conservative Collegiate Forum (CCF) replaced the FCS as the national student organisation of the Conservative Party, holding its inaugural meeting on 13th January 1987. From 1990 the organisation was widely, but unofficially, known as Conservative Students. The organisation existed until 1998 when it was merged with the Young Conservatives and National Association of Conservative Graduates (NACG) to create Conservative Future as part of a series of major reforms introduced by William Hague, then Party Leader.

The National Association of Conservative Graduates (NACG) was officially founded in 1969, its inaugural meeting taking place on 26th July 1969. Prior to this, a handful of Conservative graduates' associations had existed from as far back as the mid-1930s, including Oxford, Cambridge, London Universities, and Combined English Universities associations. In 1968 it was agreed that the functions of the graduates' associations should be merged into one national association with a regional structure and representation at the Area level of the National Union, creating NACG. Objects of the organisation, as stated in its constitution, included to further the Conservative cause amongst graduates, to advise the Party on matters relating to graduates, and to publish a journal at least once a year on matters of political and professional interest to members. The organisation was merged with the Young Conservatives and CCF to become Conservative Future in 1998.

Custodial History

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.

Related Materials

For student organisation and graduate publications, see the 'Students' and 'Graduates' series in 'Conservative Party Archive: Printed and Published Material: Conservative Party sectional-interest newsletters, journals and periodicals' (PUB M).

For papers of the Junior Imperial League, 1905-1946, see the 'Conservative Party Archive: Conservative Central Office - Junior Imperial League' collection, CCO 506/A.

For papers of the Young Britons, 1937-1965, see the 'Conservative Party Archive: Conservative Central Office - Young Britons' collection, CCO 506/B.

For papers of the Young Conservatives, 1946-1995, see the 'Conservative Party Archive: Conservative Central Office - Young Conservatives' collection, CCO 506/C.

Conservative Party Archive: Student Organisations
Annaliese Griffiss and Abigail Spokes
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Edition statement
Second edition.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom