CUDLIPP COLLECTION: General description
(structured according to the International Standard for Archival Description)
See below for the Collection by Subject
(Groups of papers in the archive)
1. Location Identity
1.1 Cardiff University (Special Collections and Archives, located
in the Arts and Social Studies Library)
1.2 Cudlipp Archive
1.4 File descriptions
1.5 30m. 3000 letters, 40 reports, 12 photographs, 550 cuttings,
480 other documents, 50 audio-visual items.
2. Collection context
2.1 The archive was collected by Lady Jodi Cudlipp, the widow of
2.4 Transferred by Lady Cudlipp to Cardiff University, 2000
3. Context and organisation
of the collection
3.1 Historical background
The collection contains the personal papers of Hugh Cudlipp, Lord
Cudlipp of Aldingbourne, former editor of the Daily Mirror and Chairman
of International Publishing Corporation. They range from letters
and documents concerning his early journalistic career in Cardiff
and south Wales, through his rise to editorial prominence in Fleet
Street and work with the IPC, and demonstrate his close connections
with a wide range of people in journalism, the government and parliament.
Hugh Cudlipp was born
in Cardiff in 1913 and started his career on the Penarth News in
1929. He worked on newspapers in Cardiff and Manchester before becoming
features editor of the Daily Mirror and subsequently editor of the
Sunday Pictorial in 1938. Following service in the Army during the
Second World War, where he served in North Africa and produced a
chain of Services daily newspapers, notably 'Union Jack', he returned
to Fleet Street, resuming his editorship of the Sunday Pictorial.
He became managing editor of the Sunday Express in 1950 and moved
to the Daily Mirror as editorial director in 1952. He remained associated
with the Mirror Group through his chairmanship of the Daily Mirror
Newspapers and the International Publishing Corporation until his
retirement in 1973. He was made an OBE in 1945, knighted in 1973
and created a life peer in 1974.
Throughout his life Hugh Cudlipp was a personal friend and professional
colleague of Cecil King and the archive contains much material relating
particularly to the dismissal of Cecil King from the chairmanship
of the IPC.
The archive represents a valuable resource for studying the the
development and influence of of the British popular press in the
post war years.
3.2 General description
of the collection
The International Standard for Archival Description (General) was
followed in drafting the description of the archive. The searchable
database description of the collection was produced with Access
97. Only brief descriptions of each file are given.
3.3 Further accruals
Further accruals are expected from Lady Cudlipp of documents covering
the existing scope of the collection.
3.4 Organisation of
The description of each file includes the following elements.
Code number - a unique file number
Contents - a brief description of the material and its contents
Documents - The number and type of documents, eg 50 letters
Keywords - single words or phrases descibing the main elements of
Date - the year the document was produced or the earliest document
Notes - additional relevant information about the contents of the
file eg a full name
The material has been
arranged into a series of sections, aiming to reflect Hugh Cudlipp's
personal and professional life. The collection starts with material
relating to his personal life, followed by a section concerning
his friendship and professional relationship with Cecil Harmsworth
King, including a considerable collection of documents relating
to the dismissal of Cecil King from the chairmanship of the International
Publishing Corporation. The arrangement of the first two sections
is an exception to the International Standard for Archival Description
(General) in accordance with the arrangement of the material by
Lady Cudlipp. The third section covers the considerable correspondence
with newspaper people, members of the government and MPs, writers
and other personalities. Section four covers Hugh Cudlipp's personal
writings, while section five covers writings by others about him.
The large number of newspaper cuttings is included in section six.
This particularly covers material in and about the Daily Mirror
and the Mirror Group and Cecil King and the IPC. The final 'Miscellaneous'
section includes a variety of artifacts, audio-visual material and
4. Access and use conditions
Cardiff University owns and administers the collection
The collection is available between 0900-1700 Monday to Friday
4.3 Copyright / reproduction
Photocopies are allowed only with the permission of Special Collections
4.5 Physical features
Many of the letters, notes and newspaper cuttings are in a fragile
4.6 Searching the database
An A-Z index of subjects is available on the Web database. A number
of keywords were added to the descriptions of each file to prepare
this searchable index. Index terms from Cardiff University Librarys
online catalogue were used where appropriate.
Collection by Subject
The personal papers of
Hugh Cudlipp, Lord Cudlipp of Aldingbourne
This contains letters,and documents relating to Hugh Cudlipp's career
from his first job on the Penarth Times in South Wales to his retirement
and creation as a life peer. There are many family letters, letters
from his fact-finding visit to Africa and correspondence covering
his charity work and connections with organisations in Chichester,
where he lived for many years.
Cecil King was a close professional colleague of Hugh Cudlipp for
many years. This section contains correspondence from 1939, documents
and letters relating to the dismissal of Cecil King from the Chairmanship
of the International Publishing Corporation in 1968 and subsequently.
Details of Hugh Cudlipp's article in Encounter in 1981 concerning
the dismissal are covered.
This section contains a considerable amount of correspondence with
the family of Cecil King, Earl Mountbatten of Burma, executives
from Mirror Group Newspapers and International Publishing Corporation,
politicians, including prime ministers, ministers and Members of
Parliament and members of the House of Lords, royalty, VIPs, personalities,
writers and journalists, television and radio companies, publishers
Hugh Cudlipp's personal writings are recorded, including his books,
articles in journals and newspapers including Army News and Union
Jack, speeches and scripts.
This section contains articles written by others about Hugh Cudlipp
in journals, books and various newspapers. Also included are entries
about him in biographical publcations, such as Vacher's Biographical
Guide and Debrett's People of Today.
Cuttings relating to the Daily Mirror and Mirror Group Newspapers,
Cecil King, the 'Spycatcher' case, Hugh Cudlipp's brother, Percy
and nephew, Michael.
This section contains a number of photographs and drawings, transcript
of the Liberace / Daily Mirror libel trial, details of the Private
Eye libel case, videos, scrapbooks, the House of Lords seal given
when he was created a life peer and various awards including an
honorary degree from New England College .
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