Papers of Nancy Astor

American-born Nancy Astor (1879–1964), née Langhorne, succeeded her second husband Waldorf Astor as Conservative MP for Plymouth in 1919, becoming the first woman to sit in the House of Commons. She continued to represent the Plymouth constituency until her retirement in 1945.

This extensive collection of her papers includes political correspondence 1919–1945, general correspondence 1900–1964, and a large number of volumes of newspaper cuttings 1908–1964.

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  • A handlist is available as a pdf (539KB)
  • A full description is available from our online database
  • Manuscript number MS 1416
  • 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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