Papers of Waldorf Astor

Waldorf Astor (1879-1952) the second Viscount Astor was MP for Plymouth from 1910 until 1919, when he retired from public life having succeeded to his father's title. He was proprietor of The Observer 1919-1945. The Astors' house at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire, was the setting for social gatherings of the political set which included Neville Chamberlain and his supporters during the late 1930s.

This substantial collection of his papers includes political correspondence and speeches, files on the Cliveden estate, and material relating to his interest in agriculture, health, licensing regulation and Christian Science.

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  • A handlist is available as a pdf here (404 KB) 
  • A full description is available from our online database
  • Manuscript numbers MSS 1066, 2421
  • See also: Visitors' books of Cliveden, Taplow, Bucks, the home of Waldorf, 2nd Viscount Astor and Nancy, Viscountess Astor: Presented by Hon David Astor August 1982. Download a pdf of the catalogue here (75KB) ref MS 2421
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