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Stanley Baldwin, first Earl Baldwin of Bewdley (1867-1947), three times Prime Minister, and Chancellor of Cambridge University from 1930, bequeathed his political papers to the University Library. Although an extensive record of political life in the 1920s and 1930s, the collection includes virtually nothing from the period before 1922, and contains almost no item relating to personal or family affairs. The bulk of the papers relate to Baldwin's first and second administrations: May 1923 to January 1924, and November 1924 to May 1929. There are substantial holdings relating to Baldwin's service under Ramsay MacDonald, 1931-35, but in contrast almost nothing dating from either the period in opposition in 1924, or Baldwin's third term as Prime Minister, between 1935 and 1937.

With a very small number of exceptions, all the Baldwin Papers may be consulted in the Manuscripts Reading Room by holders of full Library reader's tickets. There is an online handlist available through the National Archives Discovery catalogue. For a summary guide to the collection, see A. E. B. Owen, Handlist of the Political Papers of Stanley Baldwin, Cambridge, 1973. A card index to correspondents is maintained in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

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