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TitleBritish Oral Archive of Political and Administrative History
Extent9 boxes
Admin Biographical HistoryBOAPAH was a pilot project conducted by the British Library of Political and Economic Science in 1979-1980, and financed by a Social Science Research Council grant. The aim of the project was to collect a systematic oral archive of interviews with key figures from politics, the civil service and the armed forces. Interviewees were selected predominantly from former Permanent Secretaries or former Cabinet Ministers, and were asked questions relating to the whole period of their official life, concentrating on the post-war years. Day to day administration and interviewing was carried out by Anthony Seldon. A detailed methodology is available in the bound catalogue.
DescriptionTapes and transcripts of interviews with leading British civil servants and administrators collected for the purposes of the British Oral Archive of Political and Administrative History (BOAPAH) project, 1980. The subject matter of the interviews covers the period from 1920 to 1980, and includes details of the lives and work of the interviewees. Includes:
1. Philip Allen, Baron Allen of Abbeydale*
2. Derick Heathcote Amory, Viscount Amory
3. Edward Charles Gurney Boyle, Baron Boyle of Handsworth
4. Henry Brooke, Baron Brooke of Cumnor
5. Richard Austen Butler, Baron Butler of Saffron Walden
6. Leonard Robert Carr, Baron Carr of Hadley*
7. Douglas Albert Vivian Allen, Baron Croham
8. Sir Charles Cunningham
9. Sir Goronwy Hopkin Daniel
10. Dr Sir George Edward Godber
11. William David Ormsby-Gore, 5th Baron Harlech
12. Alexander Frederick Douglas-Home, Baron Home of The Hirsel*
13. Frederick Robert Hoyer Millar, 1st Baron Inchyra
14. Lt Gen Sir Edward Ian Claud Jacob*
15. John Scott Maclay, 1st Viscount Muirshiel*
16. Sir Frank Cyril Musgrave*
17. Sir Anthony Alexander Part*
18. Sir Arthur William Peterson
19. Sir Edward Wilder Playfair
20. John Enoch Powell*
21. Sir Richard Royle Powell
22. Sir Arthur Hilton Poynton*
23. Robert Lowe Roberthall, Baron Roberthall*
24. Sir Robert Heatlie Scott*
25. Edward Arthur Alexander Shackleton, Baron Shackleton*
26. Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield*
27. Sir John Walley
*Interview transcript available online via UK Data Service website.
Access StatusMainly open; some items closed
Access ConditionsTapes and correspondence closed
Copyright TypeOther
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