Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)NC8
TitleNational political papers
Extent1040 items
DescriptionThematically arranged correspondence, reports and other papers relating to Neville Chamberlain's work in national politics.

This includes papers created during his premiership of 1937-1940 including papers relating to foreign affairs matters, particularly relating to his visits to Germany during the Munich Crisis; the formation of his first Cabinet; and the 'Norway Debate' which led to Chamberlain's resignation.

There are also various papers connected with his ministerial positions including as Director General of National Service; Minister of Health; Chancellor of the Exchequer; and Lord President of the Council. The papers also relate to a variety of political issues other than those with which Chamberlain's current ministry was specifically concerned including the personal political interests of canals and physical training.

The series also contains many papers relating to the Conservative and Unionist Party including during the period when Chamberlain was Chairman of the Party; and various letters of congratulations in connection with political matters.

It should be noted that the papers in this series are only a selection of some of the papers relating to political topics in the collection. Other papers connected with Neville Chamberlain's national political work includes papers at NC2 (journals and diaries), NC4 (speeches), NC7 (correspondence), NC15 (press cuttings) and NC17/1 (photographs of public and political events). His correspondence with his family also often discusses his political work (see NC1) and his letters to his sisters Ida and Hilda (see NC18) include much detail about his political career and give his opinions and ideas on political matters. Papers connected with Chamberlain's local political work in the Birmingham area including his constituency work are largely included in the Birmingham political, constituency and other papers series (NC5).
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