Collection HUMPHREYS, DC - HUMPHREYS, Colin (1925-1992)

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HUMPHREYS, Colin (1925-1992)


  • 1970-1984 (Creation)
  • 1926 (Creation)
  • [1915-1918] (Creation)

Level of description



: 3 boxes or 0.03 cubic metres

Scope and content

Papers of (David) Colin Humphreys. Typescript background details of students on Imperial Defence College course, London, 1970; typescript paper by Humphreys entitled 'The history of British Defence Policy 1975-1985', written whilst a student at the Imperial Defence College, London, 1970; typescript and manuscript notes and texts of lectures by Humphreys and papers relating to various conferences, 1981-1984; typescript North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) confidential paper by Humphreys entitled 'Study on the politico-strategic aspects of maritime nuclear warfare in the NATO area', 1979; typescript copy of 1926 official memorandum entitled 'Organisation of the RAF, 1919-1926'; photograph album compiled by Lt James Cranmer (father of Mrs Humphreys), Royal Regiment of Artillery, Middle East, World War One [1915-1918].

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged in sections as outlined above.

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born 1925; educated at Eton College and King's College, Cambridge; served in Army, World War Two, 1943-1945; Air Ministry, 1949; Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Air, 1959-1960; Counsellor, UK Delegation to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), 1960-1963; Air Force department, 1963-1969; Imperial Defence College, 1970; Defence Policy Staff, 1971-1972; Assistant Secretary General (Defence Planning and Policy), North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), 1972-1976; awarded CMG, 1977; Assistant Under Secretary of State (Naval Staff), Ministry of Defence, 1977-1979; Deputy Under-Secretary of State (Air), Ministry of Defence, 1979-1985; Director of Development, Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1985-1986; died 1992.

Custodial history

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1995.

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, via the Archives.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Existence and location of originals

Off-campus collection

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Rules and/or conventions used

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


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