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  • Title: Richard Michael Fraser, Baron Fraser of Kilmorack papers
    Date (inclusive): 1930-1977
    Collection Number: 98012
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 97 manuscript boxes (40.5 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, minutes, memoranda, speeches, reports, and printed matter, relating to British domestic and foreign policy, and to activities of the Conservative Party.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Fraser of Kilmorack, Richard Michael Fraser, Baron, 1915-1996


    Microfilm use only.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Richard Michael Fraser, Baron Fraser of Kilmorack Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1998.

    Alternative Form Available

    Also available on microfilm (117 reels).


    Increments may have been received since this finding aid was prepared. Please check Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/  to find the full extent of the collection.

    Biographical Note

    1915 Born, Nottingham, England, as Richard Michael Fraser (and using the name Michael Fraser as an adult)
    1939-1946 Serves in the Royal Artillery, attaining rank of Lieutenant-Colonel
    1946 Receives M.B.E. (Member of British Empire) award
    1946-1964 Works in the Conservative Research Department, serving as Director from 1959 to 1964
    1964-1975 Serves as Deputy Chair of the Conservative Party
    1974 Awarded life peerage, becoming Baron Fraser of Kilmorack
    1996 Died

    Scope and Content Note

    The papers of Baron Fraser of Kilmorack in the Hoover Institution Archives document a career spent in the higher echelons of the British Conservative Party during the three decades following World War II. In his work as a party official, including a term as Deputy Chair, Fraser participated in nearly every aspect of Conservative politics, including the devising of campaign strategies, the selection of party leaders, the management of public relations, and the choice of day-to-day tactics in parliamentary debate. The Fraser papers provide a view of the internal and external workings of the Conservative Party both in opposition and in government during a period of considerable change in British politics.
    A detailed record of Conservative Party life is contained in the Letterbooksseries of the papers, which consists largely of correspondence sent by Fraser to various party officials and politicians over a 30-year period. Much of this is concerned with administrative matters, but larger issues of power and policy are also addressed, as is the question of influencing British public opinion. The Alphabetical Correspondence series contains additional letters sent to and received from party leaders, including R. A. Butler, as well as correspondence with the Conservative prime ministers of the period, Anthony Eden, Harold Macmillan, Alec Douglas-Home, and, in particular, Edward Heath.
    The Fraser papers include the minutes of proceedings of various Conservative Party bodies, both those taking place in the public arena, such as party conferences, and others involving private deliberations of the party leadership, such as the Leader's Consultative Committee and Steering Committee (see Conservative Party Meetings File). There is also material in this section relating to the evolution of British policy toward the European Community.
    Among other activities, the work of the Conservative Research Department involved the sampling of public opinion as a guide to the formulation of party policy. Both poll results and political position papers can be found in the Conservative Research Department Administrative Fileof the Fraser papers. There is additional material concerning Conservative electoral strategies in the Subject File, which also contains documents assessing the domestic impact of the British role in the Suez crisis of 1956. As a whole, the Fraser papers represent a significant record of Conservative politics in the time between the Churchill era and the realignment of the party under the leadership of Margaret Thatcher.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Conservative Party (Great Britain)
    Great Britain--Foreign relations--1945-
    Great Britain--Politics and government--1945-1964.
    Great Britain--Politics and government--1964-1979.
    Great Britain.