Runciman (Walter) Archive

Subject strengths: Politics, History

The papers of Walter Runciman, 1st Viscount Runciman of Doxford (1870-1949), relate chiefly to his political career, but also include material concerning his personal and professional life. They cover his election campaigns and his political career, during the years 1894-1938, and in particular they cover the different political offices he held, as a Liberal M.P. and Cabinet Minister, and as a member of the Board of Education, 1908-11, and the Board of Trade, 1914-16 and 1931-37. There is also material relating to Runciman's attempt to solve the 1938 Sudeten crisis through his mission to Czechoslovakia.

The collection also includes the diaries and some correspondence of Walter's wife, Hilda Runciman, herself briefly an M.P. Hilda's diaries have been found to be of particular value to researchers, providing as they do an insight into the world and circles in which she and her husband moved, sometimes revealing insider knowledge about the current talk in London Society, a classic example being Hilda's remarks in her 1936 diary about the abdication crisis and the King's intentions.

In addition, there are 114 volumes of press cuttings, plus material relating to Walter Runciman's father, the 1st Baron Runciman, as well as documents relating to Sir Walter Leslie Runciman (1900-1989).

 

Collection Name and Collection Reference Code:

Collection Name: Runciman (Walter) Archive

Archive Ref Code: GB186/WR

Date Range of Material

1860 - 1989

Type of Material

The personal archive of Walter Runciman, 1st Viscount Runciman of Doxford

Size of Collection

9 Linear Metres of shelving 

How To Order Items From This Collection

Please use the finding aid below to search through a list of the individual items we have within this collection.

If you find an item you would like to consult in the Special Collections reading room, simply make a note of the reference number and title of the item(s) you are interested in (for example WR 1 Letters to and from WR, 1891-97).

You can then place your order by linking to our request form.

Finding Aid

A collection level description for the Runciman papers is available via Archives Hub.

The catalogue is also available via online listing.

Scanning and Photocopy Service

If you are unable to visit our reading room, we also have a scanning and photocopying service.

Other Resources

For books written by Walter Runciman among others, as well secondary texts on the Runciman Papers, see Trevelyan/Bell/Runciman (TBR) Collection.

Material from this collection was used in our Treasures of the Month feature for September 2003.