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Flintshire Record Office
Elwyn-Jones, Lord, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0208 D/DM/1117

Held at: Flintshire Record Office

Title: Lord Elwyn-Jones MSS

Short Title: Elwyn-Jones, Lord, papers

Creation date(s): 1920-1994

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 109 items

Name of creator(s): Lord Elwyn-Jones (1909-1989); Pearl Binder (1904-1990)


Administrative/Biographical history: Frederick Elwyn Jones, Baron Elwyn-Jones of Llanelli and Newham, (1909-1989) was born in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, and was educated at Llanelli Grammar School, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and Cambridge University. A barrister, he served in the Second World War as Deputy Judge Advocate, 1943-1945. He was a prosecution counsel at the war crimes tribunal at Nuremberg and also took part in many well-known criminal trials. He was Labour MP for Plaistow (later West Ham South), 1945-1974, and served as Attorney-General, 1964-1970, and Lord Chancellor, 1974-1979. He was knighted in 1964, and was created Baron Elwyn-Jones of Llanelli and Newham in 1974. He wrote several books including In My Time: An Autobiography (London, 1983). In 1937, he married Pearl Binder (1904-1990), a writer and artist, and they had a son and two daughters. He died on 4 December 1989 and was buried at Central London Cemetery. Lord Elwyn-Jones' brother was Dr Walter Idris Jones (1900-1971), a distinguished scientist and sportsman.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of Lord Elwyn-Jones and family, 1920-1994, including pocket diaries, 1934-1988; letters and cards, 1944-1989, from his wife, members of the Royal Family and others; photographs, 1976-1991; papers relating to war crimes trials, 1946, 1989; copies of his books, 1937-1983; orders of service for his funeral and memorial services, 1989-1990; tape and video recordings, 1985-1994; papers of Pearl Binder, 1920-1990, including diaries and notebooks, 1920-1960, and letters and cards, 1936-1989; and pocket diaries of W. Idris Jones, 1929-1971.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged by deposit.

Conditions governing access: Data Protection Act restrictions will apply to any items less than 100 years old that contain sensitive personal information as defined by the Act.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Flintshire Record Office.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: The papers passed to his daughter, the Hon. Mrs J. Gladstone, on his death, and items relating to his funeral were added.

Immediate source of acquisition:


Related material: Further papers are in National Library of Wales, Lord Elwyn-Jones Papers, and Cledwyn Jones Papers.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The archive contains some items post-dating his death.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Lord Elwyn-Jones MSS, catalogue; Who Was Who (A&C Black, 2003); NLW, Lord Elwyn-Jones Papers.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2004

Binder, Pearl | Archives
Elwyn-Jones, Frederick Elwyn-Jones, | Baron, | 1909- | Archives
Jones, Walter Idris, | 1900-1971 | Archives
Nuremberg War Crime Trials, Nuremberg, Germany, 1946-1949
Politicians | England | London

Personal names
Binder , Pearl
Elwyn-Jones , Frederick Elwyn-Jones , 1909- , Baron

Corporate names

London (England)
Newham South (England)

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