Guide to the Collections held by Nuffield College, Oxford (as filmed by the AJCP)



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Created: 2019

Collection Summary

Nuffield College Library, Oxford
Collections held by Nuffield College, Oxford (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1893 - 1965
Collection Number
53 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Papers 1942-57 of Frederick A. Lindemann, 1st Viscount Cherwell. Subjects include: supply of uranium to British industry; allied forces in New Guinea; British atomic bomb tests in Maralinga; and Australian economic conditions.

Papers 1931-49 of politician and diplomat Sir Stafford Cripps, including letters of H.V. Evatt and John Fisher.

Papers 1907-14 of the politician Sir Alfred Emmott, 1st Baron Emmott. Subjects include: indentured labour scheme in Solomon Islands; tour of Empire Parliamentary Association; and precedence of Australian and New Zealand Governors.

Records 1896-1965 of the Fabian Society, including letters of Sidney Webb, James Jupp and Race Mathews.

Papers c.1918-25 of J.P. Bedford relating to guild socialism and trade unionism in Australia and New Zealand.

Papers 1937-51 of William Morris, 1st Viscount Nuffield, referring to activities of Morris Motors Ltd in Australia and visits to Australia 1946-47.

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Available for Access.

Conditions Governing Use

Many of the records digitised as part of the AJCP are still in copyright. Readers wishing to publish or reproduce documents should seek permission, in the first instance, from the owner of the original material.

Preferred Citation

Acknowledgement of use of this material should refer to the location of the original material and to the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Citation items from this collection should include references to the location of the original material and to the AJCP nla.obj number, which serves as the online identifier for the digital copy.

Example: M Series: Journal of Capt. James Cook, 18 February 1770, British Library Add. MS 27885 (AJCP ref:

Archival History

Material selectively filmed at the Nuffield College Library, Oxford, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1989 (AJCP Reels: M2498-M2499). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Nuffield College Library. Nuffield College, Oxford, England.

For further information see Nuffield College Special Collections and Archives.(

Existence and Location of Copies

The original AJCP microfilm of the records filmed from this collection is available at theNational Library of Australia [] as well as other institutions holding AJCP microfilm.

Finding-aid Notes

This finding aid is a revised online version of the original finding aid prepared by the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP), published by the National Library of Australia in 2019. The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.

Dates used in this finding aid refer to the date range of the records selected for filming rather than to the date range of the Series or Files.

Pieces that were not filmed by the Australian Joint Copying Project have not been included in this Finding Aid.


Atomic bomb; Australia; Australia: economic conditions; Australia: visits to; Bedford, J.P.; Churchill, Winston; Cripps, Sir Stafford; Diplomats; Emmott, Alfred, 1st Baron; Empire Parliamentary Association; Evatt, Herbert V., Dr; Fabian Society; Fisher, John; Great Britain; Jupp, James; Lindemann, Frederick A., 1st Viscount Cherwell; Maralinga, South Australia; Mathews, Race; Morris Motors Ltd (Australia); Morris, William R., 1st Viscount Nuffield; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Politicians: Britain; Socialism; Solomon Islands; Trade unions; Uranium; Webb, Sidney J., 1st Baron Passfield; World War II


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 357, p137.

Item Descriptions

Fonds. Cherwell Papers, 1940 - 1957

9 items

Biographical / Historical

Frederick Alexander Lindemann (1886-1957), 1st Baron Cherwell (created 1941), 1st Viscount Cherwell (created 1956), who was educated in Scotland and Germany, carried out research at the Royal Aircraft Factory at Farnborough during World War I. In 1919 he was elected professor of experimental philosophy (physics) at Oxford University and a fellow of Wadham College. He was also the head of the Clarendon Laboratory, which he turned into one of the leading scientific research institutes in Britain. He was a close friend of Winston Churchill from 1921 onwards and in 1939 he became his personal assistant and the head of the statistical section at the Admiralty. During the War he wrote about 2000 minutes to Churchill on a vast range of scientific, military and defence topics. He returned to Oxford in 1945 and held his chair until 1956. He was paymaster-general in the Churchill Government in 1951-53.

Series C. Scientific Research, Writings, Conferences, September 1953

2 items
Subseries C 85 - 87. Visit to Ceylon, Australia and the U.S., September 1953 - October 1953
2 items

Filmed selectively.

Itineraries, programmes, background statistics (17p.), n.d (File C 85)

Includes: copy of telegram Oldfield, Daily Herald to Cherwell, Canberra, re Cherwell's reported statement that he is negotiating for uranium supplies for British industry.

Invitations, letters of thanks for hospitality (13p.) (File C 86)

Includes: letters from Leslie Hill, Moree, Constitution club, Melbourne, and Maurice C. Timbs, P.M. Department re uranium.

Series E. Publications, Lectures, Speeches, May 1956 - May 1957

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Sir Robert Menzies, Canberra, to Cherwell, 24 May 1957 (File E 55/13)

Re his health and intends to attend Prime Minister's Conference.

Cherwell to Menzies forwarding copies of Hansard [for 11 Dec 1956 and 10 April 1957] and enquiring about Menzies' health, 12 May 1957 (File E 55/14)

Series F. World War Two: Statistical Section: General Papers, July 1940 - 1944

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Charts illustrating state of readiness of British forces in various parts of the world, July 1940, September 1940; December 1941 - September 1942 (File F 277)

41 Charts.

Includes Australian and New Zealand troops; Malaya 10 December 1941; Malaya 30 January 1942; Australia March 1942; New Zealand 1 April 1942; New Zealand 1 June 1942; New Zealand 1 August 1942.

Australian charts, 1942 - 1944 (File F 281/1-3)
3 items
A.M.F. Malaria cases. New Guinea and Queensland, 1942 - 1944 (Item (1))
Strength of U.S. forces in Australia, mainland and island forces, 1942 - 1944 (Item (2))
Allied land forces in New Guinea area, 1942 - 1944 (Item (3))

Series H. World War Two: Statistical Section: Economic Topics, February 1944 - January 1945

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Minutes, drafts, statistics etc., February 1944 - January 1945 (File H 35)

Re negotiations with U.S.A. over quantities of meat and butter to be supplied by Australia and New Zealand for U.S. troops in the Pacific. (64p.)

Series J. Politics and Conservative Party, May 1952

2 items
Minutes for Churchill, 17 May 1952 (File J 121)
1 item

Filmed selectively.

Minute on atom bomb tests in Australia that the Americans are not to be invited to observe (3p.), 17 May 1952 (Item)
Minutes for Churchill, 9 May 1952 - 24 May 1952 (File J 122)
3 items

Filmed selectively.

Minute on economic conditions in Australia for Churchill to read before meeting Menzies (4p.), 24 May 1952 (Item)
Minute on bird and animal life on Montebello Islands (2p.), 21 May 1952 (Item)
Minute on cooperation with New Zealand Air Force on ''Hurricane'' and that there is no need to inform the Fijians, 9 May 1952 (Item)

Fonds. Cripps Papers, 1931 - 1949

5 items

Sir (Richard) Stafford Cripps (1889-1952), whose father was a Labour cabinet minister, was educated at Winchester College and University College, London. He was called to the Bar in 1914 and became the youngest King's Counsel in 1927. He joined the Labour Party in 1929 and was elected to the House of Commons in 1931. He was chairman of the Socialist League (1933-37) and an advocate of a united front with the Communist Party. After embarking on a world tour in 1940, he served as British ambassador to the Soviet Union in 1940-42. In 1942 Cripps was appointed Lord Privy Seal by Winston Churchill and later in the year became minister for aircraft production. In the Attlee Government he held the offices of President of the Board of Trade (1945-47) and Chancellor of the Exchequer (1947-50).

Series Box 1. Speeches and Articles, 30 September 1947 - 16 November 1949

3 items

Filmed selectively.

Subseries. Speeches and Articles, 30 September 1947
1 item
Opening of 'British Enterprise in Australia Exhibition' (17p.), 30 September 1947 (File 514/158)

Final version of a speech - subjects include Australian food parcels to Britain during war and Australian industrialisation.

Subseries. Speeches and Articles, 23 February 1949 - 16 November 1949
2 items
Address by Chancellor of Exchequer to Commonwealth High Commissioner's economic situation (6p.), 23 February 1949 (File 618/1101)
Presentation of cheque by Australia (11p.), 16 November 1949 (File 649/20)

Speech on receiving cheque from Acting High Commissioner for Australia (Mighell) Contribution to reconstruction work in Europe. Drafts and final version; programme of ceremony.

Series Box 2. Files, 1931 - April 1939

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Subseries. Files, 1931
1 item
Samoan Petition, 1931 (File 715/673)

To the Secretary of Foreign Affairs from His Britannic Majesty's government…the petition of the accredited representatives of the National Organisation of Western Samoa, known as the 'mau' comprising some 95% of the inhabitants of Western Samoa. [re administration] (39p.) (printed)

Subseries. Files, 30 June 1937 - 17 April 1939
1 item
International 1932 - 39: war petitions, 30 June 1937 - 17 April 1939 (File 809/528)
9 items

Filmed selectively.

John Fisher, Daily News Sydney, to Cripps re Clive Evatt's victory, 22 March 1939 (Item)
Acknowledgement by Cripps, 6 April 1939 (Item)
John Fisher to Cripps sending press cuttings and political news, 27 March 1939 - 5 April 1939 (Item)
Acknowledgement by Cripps, 17 April 1939 (Item)
Justice Evatt, High Court of Australia, to Cripps sending photo of grandchild, 3 April 1939 (Item)
Acknowledgement from Cripps, 17 April 1939 (Item)
Cripps to Clive Evatt, congratulations on election, 17 April 1939 (Item)
John Lewis, London, to Cripps re political events in NSW and enclosing article 'Revolt of the NSW Labour Party.' (6p.), 31 March 1939 (Item)
C.C. Armitage, Mosman, to Cripps enclosing paper ''The Baldwin Lyon's Cabinets have sabotaged Australia's defences'' and other drafts. (7p.), 30 June 1937 (Item)

Fonds. Emmott Papers, 1907 - 1914

3 items

Alfred Emmott (1858-1926), 1st Baron Emmott (created 1911), was the son of an Oldham cotton manufacturer. A graduate of London University, he became a partner and eventually managing director of the family business. He was mayor of Oldham in 1891. In 1899 he was elected as a Liberal member of the House of Commons and he was chairman of committees from 1906 to 1911. He was parliamentary undersecretary at the Colonial Office (1911-14) and led a delegation of the Empire Parliamentary Association to the four British dominions in 1913. He was appointed the first commissioner of works in 1914, but left the cabinet in 1915 to be the director of the war trade department. After the War he devoted most of his time to his business interests.

Diary, 22 October 1911 - 17 November 1913 (File MS 2)

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Diary, 22 October 1911 - 17 November 1913 (Item p. 40 - 99)

Accepts peerage and becomes Under secretary of State for the Colonies; mention of indenture labour scheme in Solomon Islands; dinner with Watt, Premier of Victoria; brief coverage of tour of Dominions on behalf of Empire Parliamentary Association July - November 1913.

Correspondence, 27 June 1907 - 15 July 1911 (File MS 4)

3 items

Filmed selectively.

E.G. Thompson, Manchester, to Emmott, 14 October 1907 (Item ff. 31-32)

Requesting his assistance in getting a position with Dick Kerr's works at Preston.

John Mercer, Bishop of Tasmania, Hobart, to Emmott, introducing Thompson, son of one of his clergy, 24 June 1907 (Item ff. 33-34)
John Mercer, Bishop of Tasmania, Hobart, to Emmott, 15 July 1911 (Item ff. 374-377)

Congratulations on Emmott's election to Presidency of Church Reform League; Mercer's religious views.

Correspondence, 9 May 1913 - 7 August 1914 (File MS 5)

9 items

Filmed selectively.

Lewis Harcourt (Oxford), to Emmott, 9 May 1913 (Item ff. 81 - 82)

Re offer from Commonwealth of Australia to pay the passage to Australia for certain British MPs.

D.L.H. Baynes (Colonial Office), re itinerary for EPA tour, 15 May 1913 (Item ff. 83 - 86)
Lewis Harcourt (Oxford), to Emmott: congratulations on success of Empire Tour, 1 January 1914 (Item ff. 123)
Lord Richard Nevill (Government House, Melbourne), to Emmott, 14 January 1914 (Item ff. 143 - 150)

Congratulations on GCMG; social life in Melbourne; personal comments.

Biographical / Historical

Lord Richard Nevill (1864 - 1939)

William Massey (Wellington) to Emmott, 27 February 1914 (Item ff. 154 - 155)

Re precedence of Governor of New Zealand vis à vis Governors of Australian states.

Colonial Office memos on the subject (Item ff. 156 - 157)
Emmott to Massey re status of Lord Liverpool, 8 July 1914 (Item f.165)
Lord Grey (Foreign Office), to Emmott, 7 August 1914 (Item f.174)

Re successful conclusion of New Hebrides Conference.

Lewis Harcourt (London), to Emmott, 7 August 1914 (Item f.176)

Re successful conclusion of New Hebrides Conference.

Fonds. Fabian Society Papers, 1893 - 1965

10 items

Biographical / Historical

The Fabian Society was founded in London in 1884. Its name referred to the Roman general Quintus Fabius Maximus who defeated Hannibal by a strategy of persistence and attrition. The Fabians believed that socialism would be achieved not by revolution but by a gradual, almost imperceptible transformation of society. Early members of the Society included George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells, Graham Wallas, Sidney and Beatrice Webb, and Ramsay MacDonald. Fabians were active in the formation of the Labour Representation Committee (1900) and the Society continues to be affiliated with the Labour Party. The first overseas branch of the Society was formed in Adelaide (1891-1902) and the Australian Fabian Society has been in existence since 1947.

Series A. Correspondence, 7 August 1898 - 1965

4 items
Subseries A 3/4. Sydney Webb to Pease, 7 August 1898 - 26 December 1898
3 items

Filmed selectively.

Sydney Webb (Auckland) re Scottishness of Auckland (postcard), 7 August 1898 (File A3/4/f16)
Sydney Webb (Melbourne) to Pease, 16 October 1898 (File A3/4/f17)

''Australia more interesting than thought… it is intensely English but the England of 1850''; plans for journey home.

Sydney Webb (Haslemere) to Pease, 26 December 1898 (File A3/4/f21)

Re title for lecture on 27 January 1899 "Some Impressions of Australasia".

Subseries A 22/3. Australia and New Zealand, c.1941-1965


Correspondents include James Jupp (Melbourne), J. Melville Kelly (University of Melbourne), J. Levett (Lake Macquarie Shire Library), R.J. McKell (Keswick SA), R. Mathews, Victoria F.S. (Melbourne), O.H. Evans (Auckland University Socialist Society).

Subjects include: subscriptions to publications, activities of the Victorian Fabian Society.

Series C. Minutes of Executive Committee and Lectures, 28 October 1898 - 10 November 1899

2 items
Subseries C 7. Executive Committee Minutes, 28 October and 11 November 1898
1 item

Filmed selectively.

Brief references to Sydney and Beatrice Webb's visit to Australia and New Zealand (3p. and 5p.), 28 October and 11 November 1898 (File)
Subseries C 39. Meetings Minute Books, 27 January 1899

Filmed selectively.

Description of Sydney Webb's address at meeting, 27 January 1899 (File)

Entitled 'Some Impressions of Australasia' in which he contrasted the Australasian colonies with the U.S., discussing 'Fabianism' in New Zealand, Queensland's 'Socialism in Our Time' and its results, the Labour Parties of Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia, and Federalism and its difficulties. (1p.)

Series E. Publications, 1 March 1899

1 item
Subseries E 3. Publishing Committee Minute Book, 1 March 1899
1 item

Filmed selectively.

Agreement that a Municipal Year Book be sent to Victorian Socialist Party (2p.), 1 March 1899 (File)

Series F. Local Societies, 1893 - 1933

3 items
Lists and Contributions: Lists of local societies and members, 1893 - 1894 (File F 85/1)

Includes: Melbourne, New Zealand, Christchurch, Dunedin


Lists and Contributions: Auckland New Zealand Programme (2p.), 1933 (File F 85/2)
Lists and Contributions: South Australian Branch. Fabian Society Tract 1. What socialism is, n.d. (File F 85/3)

Fonds. Guild Socialism, c.1918-1925

1 item

Material on National Guild League, National Guild Council and guilds in special localities and industries collected by J.P. Bedford.

Biographical / Historical

Guild socialism was a British political movement, partly inspired by William Morris, which developed in the early years of the twentieth century. Its proponents looked back to the medieval craft guilds and called for self-government in industry, with industrial guilds organised on democratic lines controlling state-owned industries. The academic G.D.H. Cole (1889-1959) formed the National Guilds League in 1916, which published a monthly journal, The Guildsman.

Series B. Files, c.1918-1925

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Australia and New Zealand (90p.), c.1918-1925 (File B 29)

Correspondents include: B.H. Molesworth (Brisbane); E.R. Voigt (Sydney); Thomas Walsh (Sydney); N.R. Freeberg (Sydney); G.A. Weller (Canterbury, Victoria); J.B. Allen (Auckland); E.H. Barker (Perth); J.C. Eldridge (Mosman); Clement Jackson (Rozelle); Arthur McCarthy (Dunedin); Walter Nash (Wellington); Edgar Pritchard (Kennington Park); D. Stewart (Sydney); S.B. Vial (Melbourne); P. Vinnell (Timaru); Robert Dunn (Dunedin).

Subjects include: subscription to The Guildsman and other publications, the position of trade unions in Australia and New Zealand.

Includes Constitution of National Industrial Alliance of Labour, [New Zealand] 1919; New Zealand Federation of Labour National Executive Report on present position of organised labour with respect to the industrial conciliation and arbitration act, and a proposed alternative method for guidance of industry in New Zealand. n.d. 8p.

Fonds. Nuffield Papers, 1937 - 1960

25 items

Biographical / Historical

William Richard Morris (1877-1966), 1st Baron Nuffield (created 1934), 1st Viscount Nuffield (created 1938), who was born in Worcester, was apprenticed to a bicycle maker in Oxford in 1893. In 1903 he became works manager of the Oxford Automobile and Cycle Agency and in 1909 he set up the Morris Garage, where he sold, hired and repaired cars. In 1912 he moved into the manufacture of cars, producing the Morris Oxford. He set up Morris Motors Ltd in 1919 and by 1926 was producing over 20,000 cars a year. Morris Motors was the leading British car manufacturer into the 1930s, but increasing competition and Nuffield's authoritarian management style led to stagnation. In 1951 Morris Motors merged with Austin to form the British Motor Corporation. Nuffield was a great philanthropist, with most of his benefactions used for medical and educational purposes.

Series Boxes 4 - 5. Business, August 1945 - June 1951

2 items

Filmed selectively.

A preliminary study on the commencement of operations in Australia, August 1945 (File 5/8)


Includes details of the site and plans of plot and buildings; economic conditions in Australia re motor manufacturing.

Memorandum from W. Hobbs to C.J. Kingerlee re Victoria Park, Sydney with map and note on finance (3p.), 13 June 1951 (File 5/11/1-3)

Series Boxes 6 - 10. Personal, March 1947 - December 1960

4 items

Filmed selectively.

Dr. H.M. Cutler, Sydney, medical report on Lord Nuffield's hip joints and lumbo sacral spine, 21 March 1947 (File 7/38/6)
Draft of proposed broadcast by WRM for Australian Broadcasting Commission, 14 April 1947 (File 7/39)

Re help given to Britain by Australia during the war. (1p.)

Draft letter to R.G. Menzies, 31 March 1960 (File 10/8)

Re including G.A. Lloyd, former managing Director in Australia, in Birthday Honours list.

Christmas card from R.G. Menzies, December 1960 (File 10/10)

Series Boxes 11 - 12. Benefactions, 25 February 1950

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Souvenir booklet of foundation stone ceremony NSW University of Technology. Inscribed by Arthur Denning (24p., printed), 25 February 1950 (File 11/10)
2 postcards and plan by Palmer and Turner of Nuffield Swimming Pool, Britannia Club, Singapore (File 12/13/1-3 nd.)

Series Box 13. Honours, 1937 - February 1959

5 items

Filmed selectively.

Certificates of appointment as life Governor of Australian hospitals (File 13/11-16)
Address from Council Lord Mayor's Fund for metropolitan Hospitals and Charities, Melbourne, 7 February 1938 (File 13/23)
Speech presenting WRM for an honorary LLD at University of Melbourne (File 13/36/1-2)
Certificate of admission as Honorary Doctor of Science NSW University of Technology, and programme, 15 March 1952 (File 13/44/1-2)
Certificate of admission as Honorary Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 19 February 1959 (File 13/55)

Series Boxes 14 - 18. Biographical and Historical Material, March 1946 - August 1954

5 items

Filmed selectively.

Victoria Park, Sydney, W.R. Morris' car factory project, 23 August 1954 (File 17/1/1-2)

Scrapbook of press cuttings and cartoons and covering letter from E. Berry, Cowley, to P. Andrews, Nuffield College. (29p.)

Victoria Park, Sydney. W.R. Morris' car factory project, 28 March 1946 - 17 April 1947 (File 17/2-19)

Folder of cartoons and press cuttings from Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald, etc.

Donation of £500 to Junior Red Cross of Australia. (press cutting), April 1946 (File 17/20)
Picture of W.R. Morris presenting gold cup to Surf Lifesaving Association of Australia., April 1946 (File 17/21)

Picture of W.R. Morris presenting gold cup to surf lifesaving Association of Australia. (Sydney Morning Herald press cutting).

Article New Zealand Herald re W.R. Morris, 1952 (File 18/3)

Series Boxes 19 - 35. Portraits and Photographs, 1937 - February 1950

7 items
Album re stranding of Wanganella on Barrett's Reef, Wellington, New Zealand, on 19 Jan 1947, 1947 (File 30/4)

Includes photographs of the ship, the rescued passengers, and press reports on marine enquiry 25 - 28 February 1947.

Album presented by Cottesloe Surf Lifesaving Club, WA (File 30/9)


Includes photographs of Lord Nuffield, various life saving teams in action, signatures of officers, 1947-48.

Album recording setting of foundation stone of first university building by Sir John Northcott for NSW University of Technology, 25 February 1950 (File 31/6)

Inscribed by Arthur Denning. (40p.)

Sketch and poem 'To Lord Nuffield, The Australian Gum Tree…' Lillian Lamond Berry-Short, n.d. (File 35/3)
Sketch to Lord Nuffield from Kerwin Maegraith, Sydney Mail, 1937 (File 35/13)
Sketch of Lord Nuffield by Anne-Marie House, Melbourne, 1945 (File 35/16)
Cartoon of W.R. Morris on a fire engine journeying to Australia (File 35/18)