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Papers of Walter Turner Monckton, 1st Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, 1896-1957

Dep. Monckton Trustees, A. Correspondence and Papers, 1896-1941 (1-8)

Dep. Monckton Trustees 1
Correspondence and papers, 1896-1938
Extent: 193 leaves
Scope and Content: Correspondence and papers including
(fol. 1) a letter from Monckton to his father, 1896
(fol. 3) correspondence and papers relating to Monckton's education, 1897-1904
(fol. 101) letter from Monckton to his father, with a copy of a speech made at the Oxford Union, n.d.
(fol. 107) family correspondence, 1932-5
(fol. 123) general correspondence, 1937-8.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 2
Correspondence and papers, 1939 - June 1940
Extent: ii + 306 leaves
Scope and Content: Dep. Monckton Trustees 2-6. although including some private and general correspondence, mainly relates to Monckton's work in the Ministry of Information. There is considerable correspondence on public affairs with Stafford Cripps, especially while he was ambassador in Moscow, and Lady Cripps, with Lord Halifax, while ambassador in Washington, and Lady Halifax, and with Ivan Maisky, the Soviet ambassador in London. There are many internal departmental papers of the ministry of information, and general political and government correspondence relating to both domestic and overseas propaganda. These papers are arranged chronologically as follows:

Dep. Monckton Trustees 3
Correspondence and papers, July - December 1940
Extent: 227 leaves
Scope and Content: See Dep. Monckton Trustees 2.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 4
Correspondence and papers, January - April 1941
Extent: 262 leaves
Scope and Content: See Dep. Monckton Trustees 2.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 5
Correspondence and papers, May - July 1941
Extent: 251 leaves
Scope and Content: See Dep. Monckton Trustees 2.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 6
Correspondence and papers, August - December 1941
Extent: 247 leaves
Scope and Content: See Dep. Monckton Trustees 2.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 7
A file of memoranda, November 1940 - November 1941
Extent: 280 leaves
Scope and Content: Memoranda recording Ministry of Information discussions on the guidance to be given to the press and the B.B.C. about particular news items.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 8
Miscellaneous files of Ministry of Information papers, 1939-40, n.d.
Extent: 404 leaves
Scope and Content: Ministry of Information papers consisting of
(fol. 1) undated correspondence, memoranda and other papers
(fol. 51) papers relating to Czechoslovakia, 1940
(fol. 107) correspondence and drafts relating to speeches by the King
(fol. 184) correspondence with Kurt Hohn and related papers concerning propaganda and other war-time matters, 1939-40


Dep. Monckton Trustees, B. Correspondence and papers, 1942-57 (9-13)

Dep. Monckton Trustees 9
Correspondence and papers, January - July 1942
Extent: 315 leaves
Scope and Content: Dep. Monckton Trustees 9-13 contain material relating to Monckton's work in Egypt in 1942 for the Ministry of Information, subsequent war-time assignments, and post-war legal and political activities, as well as many purely personal papers. There are very few papers relating to his period of government office in the 1950s; such papers are found in the collection of his papers shelfmarked Dep. Monckton 1-63. The papers in this section are arranged chronologically as follows:

Dep. Monckton Trustees 10
Correspondence and papers, July - December 1942
Extent: 329 leaves
Scope and Content: See Dep. Monckton Trustees 9.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 11
Correspondence and papers, 1943-4
Extent: 355 leaves
Scope and Content: See Dep. Monckton Trustees 9.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 12
Correspondence and papers, 1945
Extent: 344 leaves
Scope and Content: See Dep. Monckton Trustees 9.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 13
Correspondence and papers, 1946-57 and (fol. 191) n.d.
Extent: 210 leaves
Scope and Content: See Dep. Monckton Trustees 9.


Dep. Monckton Trustees C. Correspondence and papers relating to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, 1936-41, 1946-51 (14-22)

Dep. Monckton Trustees 14
Correspondence and papers, 1936
Extent: 109 leaves
Scope and Content: Correspondence and papers,mainly relating to press coverage of Edward Vlll's relationship with Mrs Simpson and the abdication, including
(fols. 52-61) drafts of his abdication broadcast
(fol. 62) telegram from the Duke of Windsor
(fols. 78-95) copy of the pamphlet The King and the Lady, published by Cavalcade, the British News Magazine [December, 1936]

Dep. Monckton Trustees 15
Correspondence and papers, 1937
Extent: 338 leaves
Scope and Content: Correspondence and papers, mainly carbon copies of correspondence and papers of the solicitors Allen & Overy, relating to the case of HRH the Duke of Windsor v William Heinemann Ltd and Geoffrey Dennis, over the publication of Coronation Commentary, with
(fols. 31, 215, 327) telegrams from the Duke and Duchess
(fols. 186, 237-8, 241-2, 263) letters from the Duke
(fol. 215) telegram from the King and Queen to the Duke and Duchess on their wedding day
(fol. 261) letter from Sir Winston Churchill
(fols. 276-338 passim) papers relating to Compton Mackenzie's projected biography of the Duke of Windsor, including (fol. 326) letter from Stanley Baldwin

Dep. Monckton Trustees 16
Correspondence and papers, 1938
Extent: 286 leaves
Scope and Content: Correspondence and papers,mainly relating to the Windsors' places of residence and travel plans, including
(fols. 34-61) letter from Lady Alexandra Metcalfe enclosing photographs of the wedding
(fols. 102-6, 114-15) draft letters from Monckton to George Vl and the Duke
(fols. 82, 111, 116-17, 129-30, 147-8, 167) letters and telegrams from the Duke
(fols. 182-268 passim) copies of correspondence between Neville Chamberlain and the Duke
(fols. 129-30) christmas card from the Duke and Duchess
(fols. 230-86) cyclostyled copy of 'He was my King' by George Andrew McMahon

Dep. Monckton Trustees 17
Correspondence and papers, 1939
Extent: 215 leaves
Scope and Content: Correspondence and papers,mainly relating to the evacuation of the Duke and Duchess from France in the event of the outbreak of war
(fols. 20, 81-2, 142-3, 164-5, 196-7, 200-3, 206) letters and telegrams from the Duke
(fol. 93) transcript of an exchange of telegrams between the Duke and Hitler, 27 August and 2 September 1939
(fol. 189) letter from Sir Winston Churchill
(fols. 198-9) copy of letter from the Duke to Churchill

Dep. Monckton Trustees 18
Correspondence and papers, 1940
Extent: 175 leaves
Scope and Content: Correspondence and papers, mainly relating to the Duke's appointment as Governor of the Bahamas, including many carbon copies of letters from Monckton to the Duke, with
(fols. 4, 10, 87, 108-9) letters from the Duke
(fols. 12-18, 27, 36-7, 98-105, 112-14, 124-9) letters from the Duchess
(fols. 20-1) letter from Compton Mackenzie
(fol. 63) letter from Churchill

Dep. Monckton Trustees 19
Correspondence and papers, 1941
Extent: 242 leaves
Scope and Content: Correspondence and papers, including (fols. 8-11, 15-25, 40-4, 81-2, 90-1, 103-6, 127-31, 197-201) manuscript letters from the Duke and Duchess of Windsor while the Duke was Governor of the Bahamas and relating to his proposed visits to the United States and Canada, 1941.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 20
Correspondence and papers, 1946-51
Extent: 263 leaves
Scope and Content: Correspondence and papers, relating to the Duke of Windsor's memoirs including (fols. 1-4) letter and card from the Duke of Windsor, 1946.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 21
Carbon copies of typescripts of the Duke of Windsor's memoirs, 1950
Extent: 319 leaves

Dep. Monckton Trustees 22
Lord Monckton's account of the events of October-November, 1936
Extent: >341 leaves
Scope and Content: Carbon copies of with (fols. 263-78, 326-41) copies of notes by Sir Edward Peacock, 1936.


Dep. Monckton Trustees D. Correspondence concerning George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and the Duke and Duchess of Kent (23)

Dep. Monckton Trustees 23
Correspondence, 1939-41
Extent: 74 leaves
Scope and Content: Correspondence, with and concerning George V1 and Queen Elizabeth, 1939-41, including
(fol. 6) letter from Monckton to Queen Elizabeth, 1941, relating to verses by Lord Birkenhead
(fol. 21) letter concerning David Bowes-Lyons, 1941, with
(fols. 32-74) correspondence with the Duke and Duchess of Kent, 1940-1


Dep. Monckton Trustees E. Correspondence, 1940-56 (24)

Dep. Monckton Trustees 24 = Restricted
Confidential files of correspondence, 1940-56 [R]


Dep. Monckton Trustees F. Papers concerning India (25-52)

Dep. Monckton Trustees 25
Correspondence and papers, May 1937 - June 1939
Extent: 206 leaves
Scope and Content: Correspondence and papers, of Monckton in London concerning Indian states, mainly with Sir Akbar Hydari and Christopher Brunyate on the negotiations for Hyderabad's accession to the Indian Federation, and with A.P. Pattani on the Bhavnagar dispute.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 26
Correspondence and papers, 1944-March 1948
Extent: 273 leaves
Scope and Content: Correspondence and papers, concerning negotiations between Hyderabad and the Indian government.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 27
Similar papers, concerning negotiations between Hyderabad and the Indian government. April-October 1948, n.d.
Extent: 240 leaves

Dep. Monckton Trustees 28
Similar papers, concerning negotiations between Hyderabad and the Indian government. 1946
Extent: 423 leaves

Dep. Monckton Trustees 29
Similar papers, 1947
Extent: 428 leaves

Dep. Monckton Trustees 30
Similar papers, concerning negotiations between Hyderabad and the Indian government. August-December 1947
Extent: 685 leaves
Scope and Content: Mainly correspondence with the Nizam and lord Mountbatten, viceroy of India, with a list of contents at fol. 1.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 31
Similar papers, concerning negotiations between Hyderabad and the Indian government. January-May 1948
Extent: 406 leaves
Scope and Content: Mainly correspondence with the Nizam, Mir Laik Ali and the governor-general, with a list of contents at fol. 1.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 32
Similar papers, concerning negotiations between Hyderabad and the Indian government. June-September 1948
Extent: 266 leaves
Scope and Content: Includes a list of contents at fol. 1.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 33
Papers and correspondence, June-September 1948
Extent: 345 leaves
Scope and Content: Papers and correspondence, mainly with Christopher Brunyate, concerning the proposal to bring Hyderabad's case against India before the United Nations Organisation, with a list of contents at fol. 1.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 34
Correspondence and papers, 1948-9
Extent: 215 leaves
Scope and Content: Correspondence and papers, concerning Hyderabad's relations with India, with
(fol. 109) letters concerning the education of the princess of Berar's sons in England, 1949
(fol. 133) miscellaneous papers concerning Indian affairs, 1949-54

Dep. Monckton Trustees 35
Copies of speeches of Kasim Razvi, 1947
Extent: 104 leaves

Dep. Monckton Trustees 36
Correspondence, 1948
Extent: 127 leaves
Scope and Content: Correspondence, mainly between colonel John M. Graham and Sidney Cotton, concerning the supply of materials to the Hyderabad government.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 37
Undated papers relating to Hyderabad
Extent: 204 leaves
Scope and Content: Undated papers relating to Hyderabad, including (fol. 1) drafts of agreements between Hyderabad and the Indian government; with
(fol. 157) correspondence on the transfer of the remains of His Imperial Majesty Calife Abdul Medjid II from Paris to Hyderabad, 1948
(fol. 202) two maps of India, n.d., 1936

Dep. Monckton Trustees 38
Papers, 1946-7
Extent: 388 leaves
Scope and Content: (fol. 1) correspondence with Hubert Williams about provision of public relations services to the Hyderabad Government, 1947
(fol. 46) cables between London and Hyderabad, concerning negotiations between Hyderabad and the Indian Government, June and July 1947
(fol. 94) correspondence with Christopher Brunyate about Hyderabad, May-October 1947
(fol. 191) correspondence mainly with the Nawab of Bhopal, November 1946-August 1947
(fol. 243) general correspondence on Hyderabad, May 1946-Oct. 1947
Note: General files of correspondence and papers kept by Monckton while in India, 1946-7; all but 40c have detailed lists of contents.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 39
Papers, 1947
Extent: 417 leaves
Scope and Content:
(fol. 1) correspondence with the Nawab of Chhatari; June-October 1947
(fol. 47) correspondence with lord Mountbatten and his advisers, lord Ismay and sir Eric Miéville, March-October 1947
(fol. 207) correspondence concerning Berar, June-August 1947
(fol. 294) notes and correspondence on the standstill agreements, June-July 1947
See note in Dep. Monckton Trustees 38.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 40
Papers, 1946-7
Extent: 326 leaves
Scope and Content:
(fol. 1) white papers and legal opinions on Indian affairs, May 1946-August 1947, with (fol. 93) note by counsel on the constitution of Southern Rhodesia, 13 June 1947
(fol. 135) papers concerning the Hyderabad army, May-August 1947
(fol. 223) papers mainly concerning Bhopal, its constitution and industries, April 1946-February 1947
See note in Dep. Monckton Trustees 38.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 41
Papers, 1947
Extent: 304 leaves
Scope and Content: Including
(fol. 1) private correspondence, April-October 1947
(fol. 164) correspondence with British and Indian politicians on Indian affairs, May-October 1947
(fol. 265) letters on private business, May-September 1947
See note in Dep. Monckton Trustees 38.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 42
Files of correspondence, May-September 1947
Extent: 371 leaves
Scope and Content: Correspondence on the following Indian legal cases
(fol. 1) the sheikh of Mangrol
(fol. 53) the government of Kalat
(fol. 119) the Sissendi Taluqa appeal
(fol. 320) the maharaja of Kapurthala
(fol. 356) the Taluqdars of Oudh
(fol. 363) Kyaunktaga Grant Ltd. and the Lower Burma Bank Ltd.
See note in Dep. Monckton Trustees 38.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 43
Paper, 1947
Extent: 329 leaves
Scope and Content:
(fol. 1) miscellaneous correspondence, July-October 1947
(fol. 83) papers concerning Baroda, July-August 1947
(fol. 114) correspondence concerning Monckton's resignation from the negotiating committee, August-September 1947
(fol. 210) correspondence with the Nizam about the Moazzam Jah Trust, May 1947
(fol. 248) papers concerning subversive activities against the Nizam, June-July 1947
(fol. 259) papers concerning constitutional changes in Baroda, February 1947
(fol. 308) note on the Gilit agency, October 1947
(fol. 321) memorial from the heirs of the king of Oudh to the viceroy of India, n.d
See note in Dep. Monckton Trustees 38.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 44
Papers, n.d.
Extent: i + 170 leaves
Scope and Content:
(fol. 1) notebook, labelled by Monckton `Hyderabad, Constitutional Affairs', with an index at fol. 1, n.d.
(fol. 98) Monckton's reminiscences of the Indian princes, n.d.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 45
Correspondence, 1951-3
Extent: 150 leaves
Scope and Content: Correspondence concerning Monckton's liability to pay income tax in Hyderabad.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 46
Printed papers concerning Hyderabad, 1936, 1939, 1945
Extent: 403 leaves
Scope and Content: Papers concerning Hyderabad, including (fols. 51-403) successive drafts of Constitutional Discussions (from the end of federal discussions), 1945-6.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 47
Printed items, 1933, n.d.
Scope and Content:
(item 1) printed report on Hyderabad's railways, 1933
(item 2) printed legal opinion concerning the railways, n.d.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 48
The Complaint of Hyderabad, [1948]
Scope and Content: Three copies of The Complaint of Hyderabad against the Dominion of India, under article 35(2) of the charter of the United Nations, with (item 4) appendices to the complaint.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 49
Duplicated typescripts, 1947-8
Extent: 162 leaves
Scope and Content:
(fol. 1) The India News, no.9 vol. VIII, 31 July 1947
(fols. 11, 21, 30) The Hyderabad News Letter, nos. 2, 4, 5 for 1 June, 1 and 15 July 1948
(fols. 39, 83, 105) verbatim record of the meetings of the Security Council, 16, 20, 28 September, 1948
(fol. 127) of the General Assembly of the United Nations, 27 September 1948

Dep. Monckton Trustees 50
Printed works relating to India, 1928-48, n.d.
Scope and Content:
(item 1) Report of the Indian States Committee, 1928-9
(item 2) Provisional Rules of Procedure of the Security Council, 1946
(item 3) J.B. Raju, Swaraj - True and False, 1947
(items 4-5) two copies of Hyderabad and Partition of India, n.d.
(item 6) uncorrected proof of paper by Monckton, India and Pakistan: the economic effects of partition,1948
(item 7) Syed Ahmed Mohiuddin, Our Independence, 1948
(item 8) Constituent Assembly of India, Draft Constitution of India, 1948
(items 9-13) five copies of Mir Laik Ali's address to the Hyderabad legislative assembly, 27 April, 1948
(items 14-15) Hyderabad's Relations with the Dominion of India, 1948
(item 16) The Asiatic Review, vol. XLIV, no. 158, April 1948
(items 17, 18) House of Commons' debates, 4 and 7 May 1948
(item 19) The New English Review, vol. XVII, no.2, August 1948
(items 20, 21) Government of India white paper on Hyderabad, 1948
(items 22-31) miscellaneous pamphlets on Indian affairs, n.d.

Dep. Monckton Trustees 51
Idar Durbar's Memorial, 1937
Scope and Content: Idar Durbar's Memorial, for Restoration of Jurisdiction over certain Talukas and States of the former Mahi Kantha Agency (Bombay, 1937).

Dep. Monckton Trustees 52
Newspapers and newspaper cuttings concerning Hyderabad, 1947
Extent: 97 leaves.

- Anna Sander 2016.


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