From 1970 a major project to uncover source material for students of contemporary British history and politics was undertaken at the British Library of Political and Economic Science. Fiananced by the Social Science Research Council, and under the direction of Dr Chris Cook, this project has attempted a massive and systematic operation to locate, and then to make readily available, those archives that provide the indispensable source material for the contemporary historian. This volume (together with the fourth volume in the series) presents the finding of this survey for the surviving political papers of every Member of Parliament and Government Minister between 1900 and 1951. Together, these two volumes, with over 3800 entries, will provide not only an invaluable guide for both the historian and political scientist but also a unique biographical work of reference.
CHRIS COOK was educated at St Catherine's College, Cambridge. After research at Nuffield College, Oxford, he was Lecturer in Politics at Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1970, he moved to the London School of Economics as Senior Research Officer and in 1976 took up his present senior appointment at the Royal Commission on Historical manuscripts. He has been author or co-author of ten other books as well as acting as join editor of Pears Cyclopaedia and editor of the British Political Biography series. In June 1976 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
PHILIP JONES read history at the London School of Economics. He subsequently undertook research on Britain's relations with China during the First World War. He is co-editor of International Movement and is currently Research Officer for the Anglo-Palestine Archives Project sponsored by the British Academy.
JOSEPHINE SINCLAIR was educated at the University of Keele. From 1970 to 1975 she was Research Assistant with the Political Archives Investigation. She is now with the research staff of a trade union.
JEFFREY WEEKS was educated at University College London. He subsequently undertook research on contemporary political theory before taking up his current post as Research Officer at the British library of Political and Economic Science. He is presently engaged on a study of changing social attitudes towards morality.