Register of the Kenneth Hugh De Courcy papers

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Register of the Kenneth Hugh De Courcy papers

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California
Processed by:
Alistair Tough
Date Completed:
1984
Encoded by:
Elizabeth Konzak
© 2007 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Kenneth Hugh De Courcy papers
Dates: 1934-1991
Collection number: 79080
Creator: De Courcy, Kenneth Hugh, 1909-
Collection Size: 8 microfilm reels, 1 folder (1.2 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Microfilm of correspondence, memoranda, depositions and other legal documents, minutes, and writings, relating to world politics, British foreign policy, espionage in Great Britain, the Imperial Policy Group, political views of the Duke of Windsor, and business affairs of and legal proceedings against British financier and publisher K. H. De Courcy.
Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research with the exception of reel 8 which is closed until 2015.

Access to audiovisual materials requires at least two weeks advance notice. Audiovisual materials include sound recordings, video recordings, and motion picture film. Hoover staff will determine whether use copies of the materials requested can be made available. Some materials may not be accessible even with advance notice. Please contact the Hoover Institution Archives Audiovisual Specialist for further information.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Kenneth Hugh De Courcy papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1979

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.
Originals in possession of: K. H. De Courcy.

Biographical Note

1909 November 6 Born, Oldham, Lancashire, Great Britain
(?) Educated, Kings College School, London
1933 Honary Secretary, unoffical committee on Conservative Party policy, chairman Sir Reginald Banks
1934-1942 (?) Honorary Secretary, Imperial Policy Group
1938-1976 Editor, proprietor of Intelligence Digest
(?) Chairman Ridgeway Courcy and Company
1950 Married Rosemary Catherine Baker
1951-1976 Editor, proprietor of Weekly Review
1953-1964 Member of the committee of the Exangelical Alliance which organized "crusades" by Billy Graham in Great Britain
196? Chairman, Overseas Land Purchasing Trust
1963-1964 Trial and convication for forgery and other offences
1968 Released from prison
1969-1972 Editor, Banker's Digest
1973 Marriage dissolved
1973- Editor, Special Office Brief
1977 Chancellor, Order of the Three Orders

Scope and Content of Collection

Microfilm of correspondence, memoranda, depositions and other legal documents, minutes, and writings, relating to world politics, British foreign policy, espionage in Great Britain, the Imperial Policy Group, political views of the Duke of Windsor, and business affairs of and legal proceedings against British financier and publisher K. H. De Courcy.

Arrangement

Arranged into six series: Imperial Policy Group, 1934-1942, Correspondence, 1936-1983, Correspondence with F. Roy Cattell, 1953-1957, Subject File, circa 1936-1984, Trial and appeals, 1946-1984, and Speeches and Writings, 1983-1984.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Imperial Policy Group (London)
Espionage, Russian--Great Britain.
World politics.
Great Britain--Foreign relations.
Edward VIII, King of Great Britain, 1894-1972.


Container List

 

Imperial Policy Group 1934-1942

Scope and Content Note

Minutes of National Citizens' Union, and later Imperial Policy Group, committees and sub-committees with related reports and correspondence and other papers.
Reel 1, Box 1, Folder 1-2

Minutes of the National Citizens Union Policy Committee (which was reconstituted in October 1934 as the Imperial Policy Group) and of the Imperial Policy Group Executive Committee and sub-committees on: Empire; foreign policy; House of Lords reform; organization of propaganda; shipping; taxation; and unemployment, 1934-1942

Reel 1, Box 1, Folder 3

Report of Foreign Affairs Mission on Central Europe with a covering letter to Sir Robert Vansittart, 1936

Scope and Content Note

(photocopy)
Reel 1, Box 1, Folder 4

Miscellaneous correspondence and other papers found in 1 above, 1937-1983

 

Correspondence, 1936-1983

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence of Kenneth De Courcy, arranged alphabetically by correspondent
Reel 1, Box 1, Folder 5

Belchem, General David, 1978-1981

Scope and Content Note

Subjects include: British military strategy and preparedness; USSR strategy
Reel 1, Box 1, Folder 6

Butler, R. A., 1956-1961

Scope and Content Note

Subjects include: British domestic politics; Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland; Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery; Near East; Rhodesia (Zimbabwe); Trade Union leaders' private talks with Conservative Party leaders; USSR foreign policy
Reel 1, Box 1, Folder 7

Douglas-Home, sir Alec (Lord Home) 1975-(1983?)

Scope and Content Note

Subjects include: East-West relations; Near East; Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
Reel 1, Box 1, Folder 8

Eden, Sir Anthony, 1951-1952

Scope and Content Note

Subjects include: possibility of recruiting opposition leaders to the Conservative Government (Clement Davies and Walter Citrine are named); Persia (Iran)
Reel 1, Box 1, Folder 9

Fisher, Nigel 1974-1983

Scope and Content Note

Subjects include: Afghanistan; British defense policy; British domestic politics; Near East; Poland; Rhodesia (Zimbabwe); South Africa; USSR. Also contains correspondence from Colonel R. Butler, "Chief of Staff" to General Walter Walker. (See also box 2 folder 6)
Reel 1, Box 1, Folder 10

Foreign Office, Great Britain, 1951

Scope and Content Note

Concerns Roy De Groot, former circulation agent for Intelligence Digest in the USA
Reel 1, Box 1, Folder 11

Hankey, Lord Maurice, 1955-1962

Scope and Content Note

Subjects include: Conservative Party leadership; Eastern Mediterranean; Near East
Reel 1, Box 1, Folder 12

Hogg, Quintin, (Lord Hailsham), 1956-1962

Scope and Content Note

Subjects include: Central African Federation; Conservative Party leadership; John F. Kennedy, President of the USA; Near East; Trade Union leaders' private talks with the Conservative Party leaders; USSR foreign policy
Reel 1, Box 1, Folder 13-14

Inskip, Sir Thomas (Lord Caldecote), 1936-1943

Scope and Content Note

Subjects include: Czechoslovakia crisis, 1938; France, preparedness for war in late 1930s; Great Britain preparedness for war in late 1930s; Imperial Policy Group overseas propaganda; Kenneth De Courcy's complaints about M.I.5 interference with his mail and telephone; Kenneth De Courcy's attempts to become a conservative party candidate; Kenneth De Courcy's attempts to obtain exemption from "directed employment" under war-time regulations, World War, 1939-1945, possibility of a negotiated peace; World War, 1939-1945, Norway campaign
Reel 2, Box 2, Folder 1

Lennox-Boyd, Alan, 1956-1958

Scope and Content Note

Subjects include: Central African Federation; conservative Party leadership; Suez crisis
Reel 2, Box 2, Folder 2

Londonderry, Lord and Lady, 1940-1941

Scope and Content Note

Concerning war-time foreign policy and strategy, particularly in respect of air-power
Reel 2, Box 2, Folder 3

Londonderry, Lord and Lady, 1946-1953

Scope and Content Note

Subjects include: Conservative Party organization and finance; evangelism as an anti-dote to socialism
Reel 2, Box 2, Folder 4

Salisbury, Lord, 1951-1952

Scope and Content Note

Concerns infiltration of the Civil Service in Great Britain by Soviet sympathizers
Reel 2, Box 2, Folder 5

Vansittart, Lord Robert, 1951-1953

Scope and Content Note

Concerns infiltration of the Civil Service in Great Britain by Soviet sympathizers
Reel 2, Box 2, Folder 6

Walker, General Walter, and Burnand, P., 1973-1976

Scope and Content Note

Subjects include: Civil Assistance, an organization founded by General Walter to oppose subversion; attempts by the Ministry of Defense to restrict General Walter in the expression of his views on defense policy
Reel 2, Box 2, Folder 7

War Office, Great Britain, 1946

Scope and Content Note

Concerns Kenneth De Courcy's complaints regarding obstruction of his activities as a publicist
Reel 2, Box 2, Folder 8

War Office, Great Britain, 1951

Scope and Content Note

Concerns Kenneth De Courcy's complaints regarding harassment of Intelligence Digest by M.I.5
Reel 2, Box 2, Folder 9

Windsor, Duke of (King Edward VIII) and Duchess of (Mrs. Simpson), 1946-1987

Scope and Content Note

Subjects include: abdication crisis; British domestic politics; British foreign policy; relations between the Duke of Windsor and his brother King George VI
 

Correspondence of F. Roy Cattell, 1953-1957

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence of Rev. F. Roy Cattell, Secretary of the Evangelical Alliance
Reel 2, Box 2, Folder 10-11

Correspondence of F. Roy Cattell as Secretary of the Evangelical Alliance, 1953-1957.

Scope and Content Note

Subjects include: Billy Graham's 1954 and 1955 British "Crusades"; politically accented reporting of the "Crusades" in Kenneth De Courcy's publications; suspected Communist sympathies of a member of the Evangelical Alliance committee
 

Subject File, (1936?)-1984

Scope and Content Note

Notes, Correspondence, memoranda, reports and memoirs, arranged alphabetically by subject.
Reel 2, Box 2, Folder 12

Abuse of administrative power by civil and military authorities of Great Britain, complained of by Kenneth De Courcy's, 1946-1984

Scope and Content Note

Correspondents include Lord Vansittart and Sir Anthony Eden
Reel 2, Box 2, Folder 13

Current Affairs, 1974

Reel 3, Box 2, Folder 14

Current Affairs, 1983

Reel 3, Box 2, Folder 15

Current Affairs, 1984

Reel 3, Box 2, Folder 16

De Courcy, Michael, 1950-1984

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and other papers re Michael De Courcy and alleged attempts by M.I.5 to penetrate Intelligence Digest through him
Reel 3, Box 3, Folder 1

France, foreign relations and military preparedness in 1938, (1983?)

Reel 3, Box 3, Folder 2

Prison memoirs of Kenneth De Courcy relating to Wormwood Scrubs Prison, London, Great Britain, (1968?)

Scope and Content Note

Contains reference to the escape of George Blake
Reel 3, Box 3, Folder 3

Subversive activities of Soviet sympathizers in the Civil Service of Great Britain, 1947-1983

Reel 3, Box 3, Folder 4

Windsor, Duke of (King Edward VIII),

Scope and Content Note

aides-memoirs written by Kenneth De Courcy, dated 1936-1949 and apparently re-copied later
Reel 3, Box 3, Folder 5

Windsor, Duke of (King Edward VIII), copies of correspondence and various notes 1946-1949, 1979-(1983?)

Reel 3, Box 3, Folder 6

Windsor, Duke of (King Edward VIII), correspondence and other papers, 1978-1982

Scope and Content Note

Concerns allegations that the Duke considered committing treason by becoming a party to peace negotiations with Nazi Germany
Reel 3, Box 3, Folder 7

World Politics, 1938-1940,

Scope and Content Note

Concerns many aspects of European and Near Eastern affairs including: Czechoslovakia crisis, 1938; Russo-German relations; World War, 1939-1945, Norway campaign; World War, 1939-1945, possibility of a negotiated pace. Correspondents include: General Brecard (France); H. A. Butler; Sir Eric Geddes; M. Leger (France); H. Lemery (France)
Reel 3, Box 3, Folder 8

World Politics, 1938-1940

Scope and Content Note

Consists almost entirely of copies of items in Folder 7 above, also contains a detailed report on the equipment and strength of the USSR Air Force, 1939
Reel 3, Box 3, Folder 9

World Politics, 1939

Scope and Content Note

Intelligence reports concerning the foreign policy and military capacity of Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and Sweden, prepared by Alastair Campbell on the basis of interviews, written materials, and travel in the countries named
Reel 4, Box 3, Folder 10

World War, 1939-1945,

Scope and Content Note

diplomatic history, possibility of a negotiated peace, 1939-1940
 

Trial and Appeals, 1946-1984

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, memoranda, affidavits, company stock applications, contracts, powers of attorney, trust deeds, and related papers concerning Kenneth De Courcy's 1963-1964 trial and conviction and subsequent attempts to appeal against the conviction and to obtain publicity in respect of the case, also concerning property transitions in Canada and Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), arranged chronologically
Reel 4, Box 3, Folder 11

1946-1963

Scope and Content Note

Subversive activities of Soviet sympathizers in Great Britain, Kenneth De Courcy's opposition to subversion, and the circumstance of Kenneth De Courcy's trial
Reel 4, Box 3, Folder 12-13

1956-(1983?)

Scope and Content Note

Trial counts 8 and 9: forgery in the form of issuing ante-dated documents. Other subjects include: Nassau anti-Communist conference organized by Kenneth De Courcy, 1962; proposed Art Digest and Bankers' Digest magazines; Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) property dealings
Reel 4, Box 4, Folder 1-2

1957-1972

Scope and Content Note

Trial count 4: falsification of Overseas Land Purchasing Trust records. Other subjects include: Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), politics and business, Salisbury, Rhodesia (Harare, Zimbabwe), housing construction
Reel 4, Box 4, Folder 3

1957-(1983?)

Scope and Content Note

Trial counts 4 and 13: forgery. Other subject include Salisbury, Rhodesia (Harare, Zimbabwe) housing construction (1 of 2)
Reel 5, Box 4, Folder 4

1957-(1983?)

Scope and Content Note

Trial counts 4 and 13: forgery. Other subject include Salisbury, Rhodesia (Harare, Zimbabwe) housing construction (2 of 2)
Reel 5, Box 4, Folder 5-6

1958-1966

Scope and Content Note

Stock application in respect of Sarsden Consolidated Properties Ltd. Of Toronto, Canada with related papers
Reel 5, Box 5, Folder 1-2

1958-(1983?)

Scope and Content Note

Kenneth De Courcy's campaign to prove the complicity of the Police in a conspiracy to obtain a conviction against him, particularly by means of concealing documentary evidence. Other subjects include Sarsden Consolidated Properties of Toronto, Canada
Reel 5, Box 5, Folder 3

1959-1972

Scope and Content Note

Trial count 3: (improper relations between Overseas Land Purchasing Trust and Sarsden Properties Ltd.?)
Reel 5, Box 5, Folder 4

1960

Scope and Content Note

Fraud involving Dollar Land Holdings Ltd.
Reel 5, Box 5, Folder 5

1960-1971

Scope and Content Note

Trial Count 9: forgery in the form of issuing ante-dating documents, concerns complex relations between Dollar Land Holdings ltd.; Overseas Land Purchasing Trust, Reserved Property Trust, Peter Von Dumreicher and Kenneth De Courcy
Reel 6, Box 5, Folder 6

1960-1972

Scope and Content Note

Trial counts 13, 14, and 16: perjury and contempt of court, concerns control of New Townships Ltd.
Reel 6, Box 5, Folder 7

1960-1984

Scope and Content Note

Forgery in the form of issuing ante-dated documents in respect of the Reserved Property Trust
Reel 6, Box 5, Folder 8

1964-1981

Scope and Content Note

Kenneth De Courcy's attempts to appeal against conviction and to obtain publicity in respect of his case
Reel 6, Box 5, Folder 9

1978-1983

Scope and Content Note

Evidence submitted to the Royal Commission on Criminal Procedure by Kenneth De Courcy
Reel 6, Box 5, Folder 10

1983

Scope and Content Note

Questions submitted to Kenneth De Courcy by the Archivist of the Hoover Instituion on War, Revolution, and Peace with the former's replies
Reel 6, Box 5, Folder 11

1984

Access Information

CLOSED UNTIL THE YEAR 2015
Reel 6, Box 5, Folder 12

1984

Scope and Content Note

Memorandum by Kenneth De Courcy
 

Speeches and Writings, 1983-1984

Scope and Content Note

Printed copies of a news-sheet and a booklet by Kenneth De Courcy
Reel 7, Box 5, Folder 13

Special Office Brief, nos. 237-247, 1983-1984

Reel 7, Box 5, Folder 14

A Watcher on the Threshold (Kenneth De Courcy?) The Carolingian Crown of France Kilbrittain Newspapers Ltd., Dublin, Ireland 1984

Reel 7, Box 5, Folder 15

Increment, October 1984

Scope and Content Note

Two letters to De Courcy
 

Increment, May 1985 1980-1984

Reel 7, Box 6, Folder 1

Typewritten transcript of an interview of K. H. De Courcy conducted by Charles Palm, 1983

Access Information

CLOSED UNTIL THE YEAR 2015
Reel 7, Box 6, Folder 2

Letters from John Straker to Sir Carl Aarvold, David Parsons, Nicholas Ridley, Margaret Thatcher, Sir Michael Havers, 1980-1984

Scope and Content Note

relating to the trial of K. H. De Courcy
Reel 7, Box 6, Folder 3

Increment, July 1986 1985-1986

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence between John Straker and the Lord Chancellor's Department, 1985-1986, relating to the trail; the Lord Chancellor's speech of welcome to the American Bar Association in Westminster on July 15, 1985; and a clipping relating to Lord Halisham, 1985
Reel 7, Box 6, Folder 4

Increment, September 1986 1981, 1986

Scope and Content Note

Carbon copy of John Straker's letter to the Private Secretary to the Lord Chancellor, dated 19 July 1986; and the 31 May 1986 issue of News of the World containing an article on the Jeremy Thorpe scandal
Reel 7, Box 6, Folder 5

Increment, December 1987 1987

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, 1987, relating to the Duke of Windsor and to various aspects of British politics and society
Reel 7, Box 6, Folder 6

Increment, June, 1991 1991

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and writings, 1991, relating to Kenneth De Courcy's trial in 1963-1964