Conservative Party Archive: Conservative Central Office - Party Vice-Chairmen's Offices
The Vice Chairmen's papers consist of: CCO 60/1, US Presidential Elections, 1956; CCO 60/2, Youth, 1964-9; CCO 60/3, Party Conference, 1963-9; CCO 60/4, Women, 1948-74.
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Oxford, Bodleian Libraries, Conservative Party Archive [followed by shelfmark, e.g. CCO 60/1/1].
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Full range of shelfmarks:
CCO 60/1/A-F, 60/1/1-4, 60/2/1-5, 60/3/1-2, 60/4/31, 60/4/B-C, 60/4/1-2, 5-7, 9, 17, 23-26, 28-30, 60/4/32, 60/4/14-15, 20, 60/4/3-4, 8, 18, 60/4/10-13, 16, 19, 21-2, 27
Collection ID (for staff)
CPA CCO 60
Papers of the Vice Chairmen, 1948-75
Biographical / Historical
The Vice-Chairmen are not simply titular posts but carry executive responsibility. There are generally three or four vice chairmen, although the number has occasionally been increased to five. Each has responsibility for a particular aspect of the party organisation as listed below, although often a Vice-chairman will assume responsibility for two or more areas at the same time. For instance, Sir Anthony Royle was responsible for both Prospective Parliamentary Candidates' selection and the International Office (1979-1983) and Geoffrey Johnson Smith was responsible for both Candidates and the Young Conservatives (1965-1967):
- Women's Organisations
- Young Conservatives
- Local Government
- International Organisations
- Central Office Organisation
Papers have not yet been received into the archive from all of the above categories.
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 Archive: Vice Chairmen's Offices
- Finding aid prepared by Emily Tarrant
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