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TitlePritt; Denis Nowell (1887-1972); politician, lawyer and author
Ref NoPRITT
LevelCollection
Date1938-1972
Extent14 boxes
Admin Biographical HistoryDenis Nowell Pritt, 1887 - 1972, was educated at Winchester, London University, and in Germany, Switzerland and Spain. He obtained an LLB from London University and was called to the Bar, Middle Temple, in 1909. He became a QC in 1927, and retired from practice in 1960.
Pritt was a Labour MP for Hammersmith North from 1935 to 1950, despite being expelled from the Labour Party in 1940. He was also Professor of Law at the University of Ghana, 1965 - 1966, Chairman of the Howard League for Penal Reform, and Chairman of the Bentham Committee for Poor Litigants. In addition his interest in peace led him to become president of the British Peace Committee and a member of the World Peace Council. He was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize in 1954.
Custodial HistoryIn 1978 Mrs Pritt gave the BLPES all her husband's surviving public papers and the copyright in all unpublished writings by her husband contained in them. Almost all date from World War II or later as all his earlier documents were destroyed by an air raid in 1941.
DescriptionPritt's political and legal papers on subjects including his involvement in the Labour Party, his legal activities in Eastern Europe and Africa (including his defence of Jomo Kenyatta), and relations between Britain and the Eastern Bloc; transcripts of books, articles and speeches, with related correspondence; photographs of Pritt; and some personal correspondence. Most of the papers relating to Pritt's early career were destroyed in an air raid in 1941. The present collection covers only the later part of his political career. The order and arrangement of the files has been provided by the cataloguer.
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