The Churchill Papers

The Churchill papers are a comprehensive collection of Churchill's writings throughout his lifetime. The collection is comprised of more than a million personal and official documents and contain some of the most memorable phrases of the twentieth century.

The Churchill Papers

The Churchill papers are a comprehensive collection of Churchill's writings throughout his lifetime. The collection is comprised of more than a million personal and official documents and contain some of the most memorable phrases of the twentieth century.

About the Collection

The Churchill Papers consist of the original documents sent, received or composed by Sir Winston Churchill during the course of his long and active life. In 2013 the collection was recognised by UNESCO, as part of its Memory of the World Programme, highlighting its particular importance to the heritage of Britain.

The collection includes some 3000 boxes of letters and documents ranging from his first childhood letters to his final writings. They include his personal correspondence with friends and family, and his official exchanges with kings, presidents, politicians and military leaders. Some of the most memorable phrases of the twentieth-century are preserved in his own drafts and speaking notes for the famous wartime speeches. The Churchill Papers comprise an estimated 1 million individual documents. In April 1995 grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the John Paul Getty Foundation purchased the Churchill Papers for the nation.

The Churchill Papers have been catalogued in a project lasting over 6 years. This catalogue, containing over 70,000 entries is now available and allows you to locate references to individual people, subjects or events at the touch of a button.

Go to the catalogue

A digital edition of the Churchill Papers, published by Bloomsbury Academic, is now available online and is freely available in our reading rooms.

Digital Churchill Archive

 

Resources

Churchill Papers: An Introduction

An introduction to the papers of Sir Winston Churchill, including a complete list of classes and custodial history.

Details
Search the Churchill Papers

Search our extensive digital archive collection for free text, index terms, or record references.

Search
Churchill: A Biography

Take a look at our brief introduction to the life and works of one of Britain's most iconic leaders.

View more
Churchill: A Timeline

View a chronological summary of Sir Winston Churchill's personal, military, parliamentary and ministerial life.

View more
Bloomsbury Academic's Digital Churchill Papers

Visit Bloomsbury Academic's Digital Churchill Archive.

Go to site
Churchill Central

An online hub for Churchill-related content that offers a definitive web resource for information about the life and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill.

Go to site
Enquiries & Contact

Please contact archives staff.

Email