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TitleGardiner; Alfred George (1865-1946); author and journalist
Extent24 boxes
Admin Biographical HistoryAlfred George Gardiner, 1865 - 1946, was born in Chelmsford and worked for the 'Chelmsford Chronicle' and the 'Bournemouth Directory' as a boy. In 1887 he became a member of staff of the 'Northern Daily Telegraph' in Blackburn and in 1899 became editor of the 'Blackburn Weekly Telegraph'. In 1902 he was appointed editor of the 'Daily News' which he made into one of the leading liberal journals of the day. After a period of disagreements with the Cadbury family, who owned the 'Daily News', over his opposition to Lloyd George, he resigned. From 1915 he also contributed to the 'Star' under the pseudonym Alpha of the Plough.
Custodial HistoryGardiner's papers were extensively used by Professor Stephen Koss in, "Fleet Street Radical: A G Gardiner and the Daily News" (1973), and were transferred to BLPES in 1974 by his grandson, Patrick Gardiner. A number of letters written to Gardiner were retained by his family; BLPES has photocopies of these and they are listed in GARDINER/1 in sequence with the other correspondence.
DescriptionThe majority of this collection consists of letters to Gardiner, written mainly when he was editor of the 'Daily News'. There are also press cuttings on subjects of interest to Gardiner, including Sir William Harcourt and Lloyd George, and press cuttings of Gardiner's own journalism.
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