Catalogue description Professor Sir Charles Webster

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Title: Professor Sir Charles Webster

Collection of official and semi-official correspondence and other papers, dated between 1939 and 1941, relating to his work for Chatham House on public opinion in the United States of America during the early years of the Second World War, including correspondence with various government departments and with the British Broadcasting Corporation concerning the attitudes of various sectors of public opinion in the USA towards the political and economic war effort, together with papers relating to the British, French and Japanese spheres of interest in the Far East and to the disposal of British raw material export surpluses (reflecting Webster's involvement with various government committees dedicated to these subjects).

Date: 1939-1941
Held by: Imperial War Museum (IWM) Department of Documents, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Webster, Sir Charles Kingsley, fl 1886-1961 Knight

Physical description: 12 files
Physical condition: Original Documents
Access conditions:


  • British Broadcasting Corporation, 1926-
  • USA
  • Second World War, 1939-1945
Administrative / biographical background:

Under the auspices of Chatham House, Balliol College, Oxford, Professor C.K. Webster, together with Professor D.W. Brogan, became responsible, on the out-break of war in 1939, for writing considered appreciations of the trend of opinion in the United States. These reports were based on telegrams and reports received from the British Library of Information in New York, and on American newspapers which were sent to Chatham House. These Chatham House summaries were in turn forwarded to several government departments, notably the American Division of the Min-istry of Information, the American Department of the Foreign Office, and the Ministry of Economic Warfare. The summaries were not always entirely confined to American affairs, and Chatham House subsequently became "The Foreign Research and Press Service", which published a weekly review of the press in the Americas, the Far East and the U.S.S.R.

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