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