The Lloyd George Papers
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- Held At: Parliamentary Archives: GB-061
- Catalogue Reference: LG
- Date: 1878-1953
- Level: Fonds
- Extent: 1054 boxes; 88 volumes
- Creator Name: George; David Lloyd (1863-1945); Earl Lloyd George of Dwyfor, politician
- Administrative or Biographical History: David Lloyd George was born in Manchester on 17th January, 1863, and eighteen months later, on the death of his father, his mother moved back to her native home in Caernarvonshire, settling in Llanystumdwy, near Criccieth. Lloyd George first entered Parliament in 1890 as Liberal Member of Parliament for Caernarvon Boroughs, a seat he held for almost 55 years; and he never forgot his Welsh origins. He was created Earl of Dwyfor, Viscount Gwynedd, only three months before he died [26th March 1945].
The first four years at Westminster were devoted to local Welsh politics. The Boer War brought him into wider national and international politics when he stood out as 'pro-Boer' and attacked the war. In December 1905, when Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman formed a Liberal administration, Lloyd George was appointed to the Cabinet as president of the Board of Trade, a post which he retained until 1908, when he was appointed Chancellor of The Exchequer by the new Prime Minister, Herbert Henry Asquith. The resignation of Admiral Fisher in 1915 forced Asquith to reconstruct the government on a coalition basis and admit the Conservatives. In the new administration, Lloyd George became Minister of Munitions. After the accidental death of Kitchener, Lloyd George was appointed to the position of Secretary of State for War in June 1916, a post which he held only for five months. There was undoubtedly widespread uneasiness at Asquith's conduct of affairs, particularly in the Conservative Party. Asquith was manoeuvred into resigning on December 5 and was replaced two days later by Lloyd George. He was supported by the leading Conservatives, but the most prominent Liberal ministers resigned with Asquith. He resigned from the Premiership in 1922.
- Acquisition: Transferred from the Beaverbrook Library in April 1975.
- Category: Personal/Political Papers
- Description: This collection comprises the political papers of David Lloyd George. Note that for correspondence, the names of correspondents given for individual letters are often as written on the orginal letter: the full name of the correspondent will be found at sub-series level.
- Language: English
- System of Arrangement: The papers are arranged in 9 sub-fonds: LG/A contain papers up to 1905; LG/B are papers created when Lloyd George was President of the Board of Trade, 1905-1908; LG/C when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1908-1915; LG/D when he was Minister of Munitions, 1915-1916; LG/E when he was Secretary of State for War, June-Dec 1916; LG/F when he was Prime Minister, 1916-1922; LG/G consists of the papers created following his Premiership, 1922-1945; LG/H are press cuttings; and, LG/I contains personal correspondence and papers, including notes for speeches. LG/P contains photographs.
The papers have been indexed and calendared in full until the end of 1922, after which the catalogue rapidly falls into file listing and even box listing only. The documents have generally been arranged according to types of correspondence and papers. The types of correspondence are: semi-official, special (usually of ministers and prominent officials), foreign, general, and Cabinet notes. The papers have been separated into semi-official and Cabinet papers, domestic and foreign general papers and lastly speeches and biographical notes. These headings have been modified to suit circumstances; A, F and G have no 'semi-official' sections, and 'secretariat' sections have been added to F and G.
As part of the Prepare and Move project in March 2021, around 50 boxes of previously uncatalogued Lloyd George papers were added to the catalogue. As they were catalogued retrospectively they do not form part of the original arrangement established when the collection was sold to William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook in 1951.
- Related Material: Most of Lloyd George's personal and family papers are deposited in the National Library of Wales at Aberystwyth (see BOOK/5197). His secretary, A. J Sylvester's, papers are at the Bodleian Library (see BOOK/5199). His second wife's papers are at the Parliamentary Archives (see FLS) and at the National Library of Wales (see BOOK/5198).
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- Legal Status: Private
- Access Status: Open
- Access Conditions: These records are open, but there are a number of boxes of uncatalogued Lloyd George papers which are currently closed. LG/F/22/4/1-2 LF/F/22/5/1-9 were recorded as missing in November 2021.