RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
Alt Ref NoW.Temple
Extent111 volumes
TitleTemple, William (1881-1944)
DescriptionLetters and papers (vols. 1-62, 110). The remaining volumes (vols. 63-109, 111) comprise scrapbooks, appointment diaries, sermons, articles, press cuttings, photograph albums etc.
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), including correspondence on the Archbishops' estates (TR 8-36), and Vicar General records (V).
CopyrightCopyright in official papers of Archbishop William Temple is owned by Lambeth Palace Library (transferred by literary executors, 1988).
FindingAidsThe papers of William Temple as Archbishop are catalogued in greater detail than most of the other 20th-century Archbishops.

Catalogue descriptions originally based on 'Summary catalogue of the papers of William Temple, archbishop of Canterbury, 1942-1944' (typescript, 1981) by Geoffrey M. B. Pick, Assistant Archivist. Correspondents in vols. 1-62 and 110 were not originally noted, except in a few selected instances. Vols. 63-109 were briefly described at file level. Descriptions of vols. 2-62 and 110-111 were augmented by Aaron Hope, Assistant Archivist, 2006-2007.

Descriptions available on the National Archives Discovery site <> as well as the Library catalogue.
CreatorNameTemple; William (1881-1944); Archbishop of Canterbury
AdminHistoryWilliam Temple (1881-1944) was appointed bishop of Manchester in 1921, translated to York in 1929 and to Canterbury in 1942.
AcquisitionThe bulk of the letters and papers listed in this catalogue cover William Temple's three years at Canterbury (1942-4) and were left at Lambeth on his death. Certain personal papers, dealing mainly with the period before 1929, have since been deposited in the Library by his widow. No distinction is made between the two which have been arranged and listed in a single alphabetical sequence by subject (Vols. 1-62).
R.T. Davidson: Scattered references.
C.G. Lang: Scattered references.
G.F. Fisher: Scattered references.
File T: Correspondence with Temple, 1941-4; correspondence about memorials and biographies for Temple, 1944-9.
Subject Box: Unemployment; Archbishop of York's Committee on, 1933-9. [now Bell 163]
German Church Papers.
BM 7-9.
Scattered references.
1920 and 1930.
Numerous, particularly:
MS. 1765 - Typescript of letters by Temple to his elder brother F.C. Temple, 1894-1944.
MS. 3106 - Recollections of Temple by his wife, 1881-1942.

William Temple papers vol. 109 consisted of 9 L.P. records of radio broadcasts, which were transferred to the British Library Sound Archive.

On the evening of D-Day, Tuesday 6 June 1944, the BBC broadcast to the nation a special service, led by Archbishop Temple. The British Library Sound Archive holds a recording (ref: 7443) in nine parts, five disks, which is available in digitised form on-site at the British Library. See FA Iremonger, 'William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury: his life and letters', OUP, 1948, pp. 556-558.

Borthwick Institute of Historical Research (for records as Archbishop of York).

Ordination papers for the diocese of Canterbury, 1902-1944, formerly at Lambeth Palace Library, have been transferred to Canterbury Cathedral Archives.
PublnNote'Anglicans in the Antipodes: an indexed calendar of the papers and correspondence of the Archbishops of Canterbury, 1788-1961, relating to Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific', ed. R. & L. Frappell, R. Withycombe, and R. Nobbs (1999) [Z6622.L6L2]
A. Chandler, 'The Church of England in the Twentieth Century: the Church Commissioners and the Politics of Reform, 1948-1998', 2006 [H5150.C4]
A. Chandler, 'George Bell, Bishop of Chichester' (Grand Rapids, 2016) [Lambeth Palace Library H5199.B3C4 2016]
S. Cohen, 'Rescue the perishing: Eleanor Rathbone and the refuges' (Vallentine Mitchell, 2010) [Lambeth Palace Library D856.R2C6]
Hughes, Michael, 'Archbishop Randall Davidson' (Abingdon, 2018) [Lambeth Palace Library H5198.D2H8]
Timothy Willem Jones, 'Sexual politics in the Church of England' (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013) [Lambeth Palace Library D115.S3J5]
Stephen E. Lammers, "William Temple and the bombing of Germany: an exploration in the just war tradition", 'The Journal of Religious Ethics', vol. 19 (Spring 1991) [H5198.T3L2]
T. Lawson, 'The Church of England and the Holocaust: Christianity, memory and Nazism', 2006 [H5102.L2]
Loane, Edward, William Temple and church unity (Palgrave, 2016) [H5198.T35L6 2016]
Bernard Palmer, 'A class of their own: six public school headmasters who became Archbishop of Canterbury' (1997).
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] ]
Stephen Spencer, "Christ in all things", (Canterbury Press, 2015). [Lambeth Palace Library H5198.T35S6a]
The Church of England and British politics since 1900, edited by Tom Rodger, Philip Williamson and Matthew Grimley (Woodbridge, 2020) [Lambeth Palace Library D759.C4 2020]
Robert Beaken ed. "Faithful witness : the confidential diaries of Alan Don, chaplain to the King, the Archbishop and the Speaker, 1931-1946" [Lambeth Palace Library KA566.9D6F2]

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