Accessing the Avon Papers and Save the Children Fund archive

The Avon Papers collection includes personal and political papers of Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon, and Prime Minister, 1955-1957, including material on the Suez Crisis.

Please note that in addition to the usual ID, readers* requesting access to this collection (reference: AP) need to supply in advance a brief statement of their research and a letter of introduction in order for permission to be obtained. The letter of introduction needs to be from someone who knows you well and is not a family member. It only needs to be brief, just a few lines explaining how they know you and confirming that they support your application to access archival material of the nature in which you are interested.

* University of Birmingham staff or University of Birmingham students do not need to submit this statement or letter of introduction.

Conditions for accessing Save the Children Fund archive (reference: SCF)

As noted on the catalogue, material after 1972 - excluding items already in the public domain such as publications and press releases - is not generally available to researchers.  Save the Children is, however, happy to consider requests for permission to access post-1972 records on a case by case basis.  To make a request, please supply a full statement about your research, including what theme or countries you are looking into, the time period (date range), as much detail as possible about the records requested (e.g. Council and committee minutes, reports, correspondence), the Finding Numbers and SCF/A Box number (if known), and what form the completed research will take (e.g. academic dissertation, journal article, book).

Please forward these details to Sara Shan at Save the Children, email:, copying in ourselves (

For guidance on material not yet catalogued on our online catalogue and not listed in the ‘List of open archive material’ pdf, please contact Sara Shan or ourselves.

Researchers still need to be registered as a reader at Cadbury Research Library in the usual manner.