Fonds RC0203 - Sir Norman Angell fonds

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Sir Norman Angell fonds

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  • 1897-1967 (Creation)

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91 cm of textual records, photographs and graphic materials

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Norman Angell, author, was born in the Mansion House, Holbeach, on 26 December 1872 and educated at Geneva University. Rather than going on to Cambridge, at age seventeen, he left for the United States, supporting himself by manual labour. He later became a journalist, working in San Francisco, before returning to Europe. From 1904 to 1912 he was the Paris editor of The Daily Mail. His 1910 influential book The Great Illusion, on the prevention of war, was very widely read and discussed.

He was one of the founding members of the Union of Democratic Control. From 1929 to 1931 he served as Labour Member of Parliament for North Bradford. He was knighted in 1931 and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1933. He died in Croydon on 7 October 1967.

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There have been two accruals. The first accrual consists of correspondence, news, a few clippings and one manuscript. The second accrual consists of correspondence, manuscripts, news clippings, broadsides and posters, and photographs.

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The first accrual was purchased at Sotheby's auction of 16-17 July 1984. The second accrual was purchased at Sotheby's auction of 6-7 December 1984.


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Further accruals are not expected.

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