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Conservative Party Archive: Scottish Unionist Members' Committee


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  1. General files of the SUMC, 1940-66, n.d.
  2. Papers from SUMC meetings including minutes, papers and briefs, 1932-1969.


  • Creation: 1932-1969, n.d.


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Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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

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Full range of shelfmarks:

SUMC 1/1-57; 2/1-26

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Papers of the Scottish Unionist Members' Committee, 1932-1969.

Biographical / Historical

The Scottish Unionist Members' Committee came into being in March 1932 and was open to all Scottish MPs. During the 1930s it met between five and twelve times a year with about twenty MPs attending each meeting.

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.

Related Materials

The majority of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Association (SCUA) archives are held at the National Library of Scotland, Department of Manuscripts, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW. Consultation of the SCUA collection is only by permission of the Secretary.

  1. Reference: ACC 10424 - 1837-1987: minute books, ledgers, office papers, press cuttings and other miscellaneous papers
  2. Reference: ACC 11368 - 1878-1991: minutes, reports, election literature, correspondence and papers

The papers of the SUMC represent part of the parliamentary party, the longest-established element of the Conservative Party with a history dating back to the 17th century. The parliamentary party is also represented in the CPA through the records of the following bodies:

  1. CPA 1922: 1922 Committee
  2. CPA WHIP: The Whip's Office
  3. CPA LCC: Leader's Consultative Committee (or Shadow Cabinet)
  4. CPA LUMC: London Unionist Members' Committee
Conservative Party Archive: Scottish Unionist Members' Committee
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