Fonds GB 0210 AJSYLTER - A. J. Sylvester Papers,

Identity area

Reference code

GB 0210 AJSYLTER

Title

A. J. Sylvester Papers,

Date(s)

  • 1912-1986 / (Creation)

Level of description

Fonds

Extent and medium

0.925 cubic metres (44 boxes)

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Albert James Sylvester (1889-1989) served as Principal Private Secretary to David Lloyd George from 1923 until his death in March 1945. A native of Staffordshire, Sylvester served as private secretary to the Secretary to the Committee of Imperial Defence, 1914-1921, to the Secretary of the War Cabinet and the Cabinet, 1916-1921, to the Secretary of the Imperial War Cabinet, 1917, to the British Secretary of the Peace Conference, 1919, and to three successive Prime Ministers, 1921-3: D. Lloyd George, Andrew Bonar Law and Stanley Baldwin. He ran Lloyd George's private office in London. After Lloyd George's death, A. J. Sylvester earned his living as a member of Lord Beaverbrook's staff from 1945 until 1948, and spent a further year as unpaid assistant to Liberal Party leader, E. Clement Davies. In 1947, he published The Real Lloyd George, based on his diaries. In 1949, he retired from political life, and moved to a farm at Corsham, Wiltshire, England. His ambition to publish a full-scale autobiography, upon which he was actively engaged in extreme old age, never came to fruition. His papers provide an insight into the life of Lloyd George after his fall from power in 1922.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Purchased from A. J. Sylvester's daughter, Maureen Sylvester Evans, in 1990.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Papers of A. J. Sylvester, 1909-1986, including shorthand diaries and notebooks, 1912-1953; subject files, 1914-1948, including files relating to the First World War, 1914-1920, the Paris Peace Conference, 1918-1920, Germany and the Second World War, 1936-1944; material relating to the Liberal Party, politics and elections, 1918-1945; Lloyd George family letters and papers, 1912-1985; general correspondence, 1912-1983; and papers relating to A. J. Sylvester's publications, 1945-1986.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records have been retained.

Accruals

Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: diaries; subject files; correspondence; publications; personalia; and miscellaneous.

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

English.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Further papers are NLW, Lloyd George Papers, MSS 20403-20493, 21787-21792, 22514-22537, 23657-23871; William George Papers; Lady Olwen Carey-Evans Papers; Frances Stevenson Family Papers.

Related descriptions

Publication note

Colin Cross (ed.), Life with Lloyd George: the Diary of A. J. Sylvester, 1931-45 (London, 1975), published lengthy extracts from the diaries.

Notes area

Note

Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Alternative identifier(s)

Virtua system control number

vtls003844326

Project identifier

ANW

Access points

Place access points

Genre access points

Description control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.;AACR2; and LCSH

Status

Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

March 2003.

Language(s)

  • English

Script(s)

Sources

Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of A. J. Sylvester Papers;

Accession area