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Conservative Party Archive: Private papers: Keith Joseph


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Comprises papers relating to:

  1. The arts, 1975-6
  2. Bow Group, n.d.
  3. West Woolwich, 1975
  4. Civil Service, 1975-8
  5. Common Market, 1975-7
  6. Community Land Act, 1976
  7. Company Law Reform, 1975-6
  8. Correspondence, 1975-8
  9. Devolution, n.d.
  10. Economics, 1973-8
  11. Education, 1975-6
  12. Electoral Reform, 1975-6
  13. Fisheries and Agriculture, 1975-7
  14. Foreign Affairs, 1975-6
  15. Government, 1970-8
  16. Home Office, 1975-8
  17. Trade and Industry, 1974-8
  18. Committee Papers and Correspondence, 1974-9
  19. Letter books, 1975-8
  20. Policy, 1975-6
  21. National Union, 1975
  22. Northern Ireland, 1975-6
  23. Universities, Outside Helpers and Experts, 1975-8
  24. Miscellaneous Issues for Discussion, 1975
  25. General Political, 1975-7
  26. Policy, 1975-7
  27. Regional Policy, 1976
  28. Scotland, 1975-8
  29. Social Services, 1969-78
  30. Speeches, 1969-75
  31. Training, 1975-7
  32. Transport, 1976
  33. Wales, 1975-7
  34. Young people, 1975-6


  • Creation: 1963-1979, n.d.


131 shelfmarks

Language of Materials

  • English

Conditions Governing Access

Closed without permission from Conservative Central Office.

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries, Conservative Party Archive [followed by shelfmark, e.g. CPP/KJ 1/1].

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CPP/KJ 1-34

Collection ID (for staff)



Papers of Keith Joseph, Secretary of State for Health and Social Services (1970-74) and Chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies (1974-1979), 1969-1979

Biographical / Historical

Keith Sinjohn Joseph, Baron Joseph (1918-1994) was Secretary of State for Health and Social Services, 1970-1974, and founded the Centre for Policy Studies with Margaret Thatcher in 1974, acting as Chairman, 1974-1979. Details are given in Who Was Who.

Custodial History

The archive of the Conservative Party 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 of the archive has been vested in the Conservative Party Archive Trust. The archive includes records from all three areas of Party organisation: parliamentary, voluntary and professional.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Conservative Party.

Conservative Party Archive: Keith Joseph Papers
Finding aid prepared by Emily Tarrant
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom