RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
Alt Ref NoRuncie
Extentc.8293 files
TitleRuncie, Robert Alexander Kennedy (1921-2000)
DescriptionThe majority of the collection comprises official papers from Runcie's period as Archbishop of Canterbury from 1980-1991, most of which was arranged by the Archbishop's staff in yearly series of alphabetical subject files (Runcie/ACP; Runcie/ACV; Runcie/EAC; Runcie/EAOC; Runcie/EG; Runcie/EOC; Runcie/ELRC; Runcie/ERCC; Runcie/EV; Runcie/MAIN). Other official papers include material relating to the 1988 Lambeth Conference (Runcie/LC), speeches, sermons, statements and press articles (Runcie/SPEECH; Runcie/STATEMENT; Runcie/PRESS), official diaries (Runcie/DIARIES), papers relating to the Anglican Consultative Council (Runcie/ACC), papers of members of Runcie's staff (Runcie/HILL; Runcie/LYTTLE; Runcie/TOMPSON; Runcie/WAITE), and papers relating to the restoration of Lambeth Palace Chapel (Runcie/CHAPEL) and Lambeth Palace Garden (Runcie/GARDEN).

The papers also include material from before Runcie became Archbishop of Canterbury, including his period as Bishop of St Albans from 1970-1980 (Runcie/STA). Photographs (Runcie/PHOTO) and personal papers (Runcie/PERSONAL; Runcie/POST) date from throughout his clerical career.
AppraisalThe sequence of official papers transferred from Lambeth Palace was appraised according to the following criteria: copies of minutes and papers sent for information purposes only have been destroyed where a full set is held by the originating body; correspondence of a routine administrative nature has been destroyed; correspondence from members of the public has been sampled; printed material related to bodies under the patronage of Archbishop Runcie, and Orders of Service for services in which he participated have been transferred to the printed books collection.
ArrangementThese form part of the Archbishops' Papers. These in turn form part of the archives of the Archbishops of Canterbury, which also comprise: Bishops' Meetings records (BM), Cartae Antiquae et Miscellaneae (Lambeth Charters) (CM), Convocation records (Conv), Court of Arches records (Arches), Faculty Office records (F), Lambeth Conference papers (LC), Temporalities records (ED and T), and Vicar General records (V).
AccessConditionsThe Archbishops' Papers are subject to a thirty-year closure period. Papers of the Archbishop are generally released annually after thirty years. Additionally, some correspondence relating to living persons has been closed under the provisions of the Data Protection Act and withheld. This will be made available in due course.
LanguageEnglish. A few items in foreign languages, such as letters of greeting from overseas.
CopyrightCopyright in official papers of Archbishop Runcie is owned by Lambeth Palace Library (given, Jan 2002).
FindingAidsCorrespondents are selectively identified in the catalogue, for instance members of the clergy and eminent individuals.
AdminHistoryFor detailed information on the major events of Runcie's life and archepiscopate see Platten, S, 'Runcie on reflection' (Norwich, 2002) [Lambeth Palace Library H5198.R8P5]; Carpenter, H, 'Robert Runcie, the reluctant archbishop' (London, 1996) [Lambeth Palace Library H5198.R8C2[R]]; Hastings, A, 'Robert Runcie' (London, 1991) [Lambeth Palace Library H5198.R8H2] and Alan Webster's article in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
AcquisitionThe bulk of the papers were transferred to Lambeth Palace Library directly from Lambeth Palace where they were originally created and stored.
RelatedMaterialMajority of audio recordings at the British Library Sound Archive, some remain at Lambeth Palace Library.
PublnNoteRuncie papers used in:
S. Parker and T. Lawson ed. 'God and war: the Church Of England and armed conflict in the twentieth century' (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013) [Lambeth Palace Library H5157.G6]
'National Prayers: Special Worship since the Reformation', volume III: 'Worship for National and Royal Occasions in the United Kingdom, 1871-2016', ed. Philip Williamson, Stephen Taylor, Alasdair Raffe and Natalie Mears (Church of England Record Society, 2020) [Lambeth Palace Library H5691.W2 H5051.C4 [R] ]

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