Conservative Party Archive: Conservative Central Office - Junior Imperial League
Comprises the following papers:
- Junior Imperial League Central Council, Executive and Finance Committee minutes
- Junior Imperial League Annual reports and agendas
- Junior Imperial League Press Cuttings and Photographs
- Junior Imperial League Policy and Re-organisation
- Junior Imperial League General Administration and Finances
- 1905-1946, n.d.
1.92 linear metres (10 boxes)
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries, Conservative Party Archive [followed by shelfmark, e.g. CCO 506/1/1].
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Full range of shelfmarks:
CCO 506/1/1-7; CCO 506/2/1-18; CCO 506/3/1-5; CCO 506/4/1-12; CCO 506/5/3-4, 6-10; CCO 506/6/1-4
Collection ID (for staff)
CPA CCO 506/A
Archive of the Conservative Party Youth Organisation: the Junior Imperial League, 1905-1946, n.d.
Biographical / Historical
The Junior Imperial and Constitutional League was formed in 1906. Its objectives were: to create a practical interest in political work and organisation among the youth by organising Junior Associations in each Parliamentary Division and throughout the Empire, to co-operate with existing Conservative and Unionist Associations in advancing the cause of Imperial unity, to uphold constitutional principles, and to further the Conservative and Unionist cause. It held its inaugural meeting in the Junior Constitutional Club at which Viscount Castlereagh MP was elected President, and Mr HH Cannell its Organising Secretary. Following suspension during the First World War, it was re-established in the 1920s, and reorganised on a constituency and area basis in 1928, with young women now being admitted also. It went into hibernation during the Second World War and was reconstituted as the Young Conservatives in 1946.
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: Junior Imperial League
- Finding aid prepared by Annaliese Griffiss and Abigail Spokes
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