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Winston Churchill Letters

An inventory of his letters at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: LDC
Date: 11 Sep 2008

Biographical History

Sir Winston Churchill was born November 30, 1874 to Lord and Lady Randolph Churchill. A Conservative member of the British Parliament since 1900, Churchill was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty at the outbreak of the Second World War. In May 1940, he became Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, where he served until 1945. Throughout his lifetime Churchill earned many honors including a Knighthood and the insignia of the Order of the Garter in 1953, honorary citizenship in the United States in 1963, and a state funeral upon his death on January 24, 1965.

In addition to his distinguished political career, Churchill was a renowned author. In 1953 he received the Nobel Prize in Literature in recognition of his many published works, such as his six volume set The Second World War. In 1905 Churchill began corresponding with author and editor Frank Harris regarding the biography Churchill was writing about his father. Churchill eventually granted Harris permission to begin negotiating with various publishers. The book, Lord Randolph Churchill, was published by Macmillan Publishers in 1906.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Winston Churchill Letters consists of four outgoing letters and 1 telegram sent to Frank Harris concerning a manuscript for publication.

Arrangement of the Collection

The correspondence is arranged chronologically.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

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Subject Headings


Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965 -- Correspondence.
Harris, Frank, 1856-1931.


Authors, English.
Statesmen -- Great Britain.

Genres and Forms




Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Winston Churchill Letters,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1963.

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