Archived Personal Papers

Inventory of the Papers of Sidney Aster
Deposited at Mills Memorial Library
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
URL: http://archives.mcmaster.ca/index.php/aster-sidney 

Series I:  Publications and Related Correspondence, etc.
BOX 1.
Ph.D. Thesis, 1964-1969.

  • Correspondence with Diplomats, Politicians, etc. Includes Lord Boothby, Lord Caldecote, Lord Chilston, Brigadier R.C. Firebrace, Sir Fitzroy Maclean, Bt., Lord Strabolgi.
  • Correspondence with Historians.   Includes Alan Bullock, Ian Colvin and Sir John Wheeler-Bennett.
  • Thesis Proposal, Seminar: “Lord Halifax and the Tripartite Negotiations of 1939.”

“Ivan Maisky and Parliamentary Anti-Appeasement,” in Lloyd George, Twelve Essays, edited by A.J.P. Taylor (Hamish Hamilton, London, 1971; Atheneum, New York, 1971).

  • Correspondence 1968-1970, A.J.P. Taylor.
  • Reviews.

1939, The Making of the Second World War (André Deutsch, London, 1973, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1973, Hachette, Paris, 1973, History Book Club Alternate Choice, September 1973).

  • Correspondence/Interviews, Diplomats and Politicians, 1971-1973.  Includes David Astor, Sir Laurence Collier, Lord De La Warr, Lord Gladwyn, Lady Liddell Hart, Malcolm MacDonald, Sir Arthur Rucker, Lord Sherfield, Lord Strang.
  • Correspondence with Historians, etc., 1971-1973.   Includes Arnold Toynbee.
  • Correspondence re: Private Papers, 1971-1973.
  • Correspondence with André Deutsch Ltd. – Publisher, 1970-1985.
  • Post-Publication, Correspondence 1973-1978. Includes Lord Boothby, Sir Martin Gilbert, Lord Gladwyn, Malcolm MacDonald, Count E. Raczynski, Sir John Wheeler-Bennett.
  • Reviews of 1939 in 3 scrapbooks.
  • Reviews, Notices, etc. – Photocopies.
  • Reviews, Notices, etc. – Hard copies.

A.P. Young, The “X” Documents, The Secret History of Foreign Office Contacts with the German Resistance 1937-1939 (André Deutsch, London, 1974); with 22 page Appendix, “Carl Goerdeler and the Foreign Office.”

  • Correspondence/Interviews with A.P. Young, and Mrs. Young, 1972-1978.
  • Deposit of A.P. Young Documents with the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick, 1972-2004.
  • Carl Goerdeler, 1937-1939, National Archives, London.
  • Reviews in scrapbook.
  • A.P. Young, Photograph.

Anthony Eden, A Biography (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1976, St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1977).

  • Correspondence with Lord Avon and Clarissa, Lady Avon, 1975-1980.
  • Correspondence with Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, and St. Martin`s Press, New York, 1974-1987.
  • General Correspondence, 1974-1987.
  • Cyril Clemens, Correspondence re: Knighthood of Mark Twain, 1977-1979.
  • Reviews: UK, Canada, USA, etc.
  • S. Aster, Letters to the Editor re: Eden; Obituaries of Eden.
  • S. Aster, Lectures on Anthony Eden: McGill University, 29 April 1976, Concordia University, 2 March 1978, University of Toronto, 17 March 1978.

The Second World War as a National Experience (Department of National Defence, Ottawa, 1981); with Introduction and Suggestions for Further Reading.

British Foreign Policy, 1918-1945:  A Guide to Research and Research Materials (Scholarly Resources, Wilmington, DE, 1984).

  • Correspondence, 1st ed., 1979-1986.

British Foreign Policy, 1918-1945: A Guide to Research and Research Materials (D.J. Costello Publishers, Tunbridge Wells, 1984).

  • Correspondence, 1979-1986.

CBC (Ideas), “Yalta – History As Myth,” Part Two, “The Munich Conference,” 11 February 1985.

  • Radio Interview Transcript.

“’Guilty Men,’ The Case of Neville Chamberlain,” in Paths to War:  New Essays on the Origins of the Second World War, edited by Robert Boyce and Esmonde M. Robertson (Macmillan, London, 1989; St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1989).

  • Correspondence, 1983-1989.
  • Reviews and Related Correspondence, 1990-1992.
  • Correspondence, 1986-1990.

BOX 2.
A.P. Young, Die X-Dokumente: Die geheimen Kontakte Carl Goerdelers mit der britischen Regierung, 1938/1939 (R. Piper, Munich, 1989); with 26 page Anhang, “Carl Goerdeler und das Foreign Office.”

  • Correspondence, 1989-1990. Includes Helmut Krausnick, Marianne Meyer-Krahmer (née Goerdeler).
  • Reviews.

British Foreign Policy, 1918-1945: A Guide to Research and Research Materials (Scholarly Resources, Wilmington, DE, and D.J. Costello Publishers, Tunbridge Wells, 1991); extensively expanded and revised 2nd edition.

  • Correspondence and Reviews.

“Salter’s Soviet,” in Power, Personalities and Policies:  Essays in Honour of Donald Cameron Watt, edited by Michael Graham Fry (Frank Cass, London, 1992, Portland, OR, 1992).

  • Correspondence, 1989-1993. Includes Sir Martin Gilbert, D.C. Watt, D.J. Wenden, Michael Graham Fry.

1939, The Making of the Second World War (Gregg Revivals, 2nd rev. ed., Aldershot, 1993).

  • Correspondence, 1993-2005. Includes reversion of 1939 rights to S. Aster.

“Ivan Maisky and Parliamentary Anti-appeasement,” in Lloyd George, Twelve Essays, edited by A.J.P. Taylor (Gregg Revivals, 2nd ed. rev., Aldershot, 1994.

  • Correspondence, 1993-1994.

“Chamberlain:  The Guiltiest Man?” in British Appeasement and the Origins of World War II. edited by R.J.Q. Adams (D.C. Heath, Lexington, MA, 1994).

  • Publicity materials.

“Mapping the Archives, Documents on British Foreign Policy and Documents on British Policy Overseas,” in Diplomatic Documents and Their Users:  Proceedings of the Third Conference of Editors of Diplomatic Documents, Ottawa, 11-13 May 1994, edited by John Hilliker and Mary Halloran (Historical Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Ottawa, 1995).

  • Correspondence, 1994-1995.

“’Guilty Men,’ The Case of Neville Chamberlain,” in The Origins of the Second World War, edited by Patrick Finney (Arnold, London, 1997).

  • Correspondence, 1997.

“Military Planning and the Origins of the Second World War: Afterword,” in Military Planning and the Origins of the Second World War, edited by B.J.C. McKercher and Roch Legault (Greenwood Publishing Group, Westport, CT, 2001).

  • Correspondence and Reviews, 1996-1997.

“Viorel Virgil Tilea and the Origins of the Second World War:  An Essay in Closure,” in Diplomacy and Statecraft, vol. 13, no. 3, September 2002, pp. 153-174.

  • Correspondence, research materials, 2001-2002.   Includes Lord Lauderdale.
  • V.V. Tilea – Sidney Aster, Correspondence.     Includes Lord Boyd and Princess Bibesco, etc. 1970-1973.
  • V.V. Tilea, Photographs.
  • Ion Ratiu (V.V. Tilea’s nephew) – Sidney Aster, Correspondence, etc., 1974-2000, including Românul Liber.
  • Ion Ratiu on V.V. Tilea in Românul Liber, April-May 1996, with English translation.
  • Indrei Ratiu (Ion Ratiu’s son) – Sidney Aster, Correspondence, 2003-2005. Includes the Ratiu Centre at Turda, Romania, Dr Rebecca Haynes.
  • Ileana Troiano (V.V. Tilea’s daughter) and author of Envoy Extraordinaire (1998). Correspondence, 1998-1999.

“Chamberlain, Neville, 1869-1940,” pp. 244-245, and “Eden, Sir Anthony, Lord Avon, 1897-1977,” pp. 419-420, in Reader’s Guide to British History, 2 vols., edited by David Loades (Fitzroy Dearborn, 2003).

  • Correspondence, 1999-2003.

“Appeasement.” in The Globe and Mail, 25 February 2003.

  • Correspondence, articles, etc.

“Sir William Seeds: Diplomat as Scapegoat?”  in Leadership and Responsibility: Collected Essays in Honour of Professor Robert Vogel, edited by Brian Farrell (McGill Queen’s University Press, Montreal, 2004).

  • Sir William Seeds and Lady Seeds, Correspondence with S. Aster, 1968-1973.
  • Sir William Seeds – Will, Biography, References in The New York Times and The Times.
  • Corinna Seeds (Sir William’s grand-daughter), Dr. Timothy Dilke, Rev. Sir Charles Dilke – Correspondence with S. Aster re: Sir William Seeds Papers, etc., 2000-2009.
  • Publication, Reviews.

Appeasement and All Souls:  A Portrait with Documents, 1937-1939, Camden Fifth Series, Vol. 24 (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2004).

  • Correspondence re: Private Papers, etc., 1991-1995.   Includes D.J. Wenden, Barbara Hole, Sir Patrick Neill.
  • Correspondence re: MS, CUP. etc., 1999-2005.
  • Copyright Permissions.
  • Reviews.

“Appeasement:  Before and After Revisionism,” Diplomacy and Statecraft, vol. 19, no. 3, September 2008, pp. 443-480.

  • Correspondence, 2001-2009, Reviews.

Dealing with Josef Stalin:  The Moscow Blue Book, 1939 (Argonaut Papers, London, 2009).

  • Correspondence, 2005-2009.

Media Files.

  • Radio and Television, 1997. Includes CBC “In Touch,” Correspondence with June Callwood.
  • Book Reviews: Press, Sunday Telegraph, Ottawa Citizen, 1976-1981.

Book Projects, 1968-1979: Incomplete.

  • Correspondence.

Lectures.

  • “’Little Big Man’ and the Outbreak of the Second World War,” Wilfred Laurier University, 2 Mar. 1979.
  • “Little Arthur [Salter] and the League of Nations, The First Six Months,” University of Leeds, 6 May 1982.
  • “The Origins of the Second World War: The Human Dimension,” McGill University, 5 Apr. 1983.

Memorabilia

  • Eden, cover of Life magazine, 4 Apr. 1938.
  • Chamberlain, cover of Life magazine, 23 Apr. 1939.
  • Lord Halifax, cover of Time magazine, 15 Jan. 1940
  • Eden, cover of Life magazine, 12 Nov. 1951.

BOX 3.
Publicity Materials re: Sidney Aster’s Publications.

Power, Policy and Personality: The Life and Times of Lord Salter, 1881-1975.  (Manuscript complete, ready for publication).

  • Research Assistants.
  • Correspondence re: Private Papers, A-D, F-L, M-Z.
  • Private Papers with Salter Materials, A-Z.
  • Visit to Hickory Farm, Lee, MA, (former home of Lady Salter, 6-10 July 2008).
  • Press Obituaries of Salter’s Contemporaries, 1971-1990.
  • Lord Salter Periodical Publications, Filed Annually, 1911-1958.

Series II: Correspondence, re: Private Papers. Includes Personal Correspondence with Owners, Permissions, Transcriptions, and Original Documents.
Lord Alexander of Hillsborough (A.V. Alexander), Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge.
Lord Allen of Hurtwood Papers, Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.
Sir Norman Angell Papers., Ball State University, Muncie, IN
Clem Attlee Papers, Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, University College, Oxford.
Lord Beaverbrook Papers, Beaverbrook Library, London.
Edward Leslie Burgin Papers, courtesy of Mrs. D. Burgin.
Viscount Caldecote (Sir Thomas Inskip) Diary and Papers, Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge.
Lord Robert Cecil Papers, British Library, London.
Neville Chamberlain Papers, Birmingham University Library, Birmingham.
Admiral of the Fleet Lord Chatfield Papers, courtesy of 2nd Baron Chatfield.
Centre for Oral History, Columbia University Library, New York.
Sir Stafford Cripps Papers, Nuffield College, Oxford.
W.P. Crozier Papers, Beaverbrook Library, London.
Admiral of the Fleet 1st Viscount Cunningham Papers, British Library, London.
Lionel Curtis Papers, Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, and Bodleian Library, Oxford.
Hugh Dalton Diary and Papers, British Library of Political and Economic (BLPES), London.
Major-General Francis H.M. Davidson Papers, King’s College, London.
Admiral Sir Barry Domville Diary, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
Air Marshall Sir Thomas Elmhirst Papers, Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge.
Admiral Sir R.P. Ernle-Erle-Drax Papers, Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge.
H.A.L. Fisher Papers, Bodleian Library, Oxford.
Admiral J.H. Godfrey Papers, Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge.
Earl of Halifax (Hickleton) Papers, courtesy of 2nd Earl of Halifax.
Lieut.-Col. Sir Cuthbert Headlam Diary and Papers; County Record Office, Durham.
Marian Henderson, Royal Institute of International Affairs, London.
Christina Hole Papers, correspondence.
General 1st Baron (Hastings) Ismay Papers, King’s College, Cambridge.
Lord and Lady Kennet Diary and Papers, courtesy of 2nd Baron Kennet.
Frederick Kuh Papers, George Washington University, Washington, DC.
Sir John Maynard Keynes Papers, King’s College, Cambridge.
William Lyon Mackenzie King Papers, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa.
Labour Party Papers, Transport House, London.
George Lansbury Papers, BLPES, London.
Sir Basil Liddell Hart Papers, courtesy of Lady Liddell Hart.
Earl Lloyd George Papers, Beaverbrook Library, London.
Colonel Roderick MacLeod Papers, King’s College, London.
Lord (David) Margesson Papers, Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge.
National Archives, Washington, DC
Sir Harold Nicolson Diary, Balliol College, Oxford.
Lady Passfield (Beatrice Webb) Diary, BLPES, London.
R. Radcliffe-Brown Papers, correspondence.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Papers, Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, NY.
1st Viscount (Sir Herbert) Samuel Papers, House of Lords Library, London.
Viscount (Sir John) Simon Diary and Papers, courtesy of 2nd Viscount Simon.
Sir E.L. Spears, correspondence with Col. A.J. Aylmer re: proposed Spears biography, 1980-89.
J.A. Spender Papers, British Library, London.
1st Viscount Templewood (Sir Samuel Hoare) Papers, University Library, Cambridge.
The Times Archive, Printing House Square, London, including Geoffrey Dawson Papers and A.L. Kennedy Diary.
A.J. Toynbee, Bodleian Library, Oxford.
United Nations Archives and Records, UNRRA, New York.
1st Baron (Sir Robert) Vansittart Papers, Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge.
Captain Euan Wallace Diary and Papers, Bodleian Library, Oxford.
Sir John Wheeler-Bennett Papers, St. Anthony’s College, Oxford.
Marquess of Zetland Papers, correspondence with Lord Zetland, and India Office Library, London.

Series III: Sidney Aster’s Library.

  1. Late 19th/early Twentieth Century Biography and Memoir
  2. Inter-War:  Germany, France
  3. Inter-War: Germany, France, Romania, Italy
  4. Official Collections of Diplomatic Documents: Britain, Germany
  5. Official Collections of Government Documents: Britain, Germany, USSR, France, USA, Poland, Czech, Canada
  6. British Foreign Policy: General Inter-War
  7. Reference Books and Bibliographies
  8. 1930s: Crisis Diplomacy
  9. Inter-War Biography/Memoirs: Mainly Non-British
  10. Biography and Memoir
  11. Biography and Memoir
  12. Biography and Memoir
  13. Biography and Memoir
  14. Biography and Memoir
  15. Biography and Memoir
  16. Monographs
  17. Biography and Memoir
  18. Origins of World War II, Monographs
  19. Biography and Memoir
  20. Biography and Memoir
  21. Origins of World War
  22. Left Book Club, Penguin Specials, Reference
  23. World War II: Mainly
  24. League of Nations, Neville Chamberlain
  25. Biography and Memoir
  26. Sir Anthony Eden and Misc
  27. Sir Winston Churchill
  28. Sir Arthur (Lord) Salter
  29. Sir Arthur (Lord) Salter
  30. Misc

Series IV: Sidney Aster’s Publications, 1971-2009.

• “Ivan Maisky and Parliamentary Anti-Appeasement,” in Lloyd George, Twelve Essays, edited by A.J.P. Taylor (Hamish Hamilton, London, 1971; Atheneum, New York, 1971).
• “Ivan Maisky and Parliamentary Anti-appeasement,” in Lloyd George, Twelve Essays, edited by A.J.P. Taylor (Gregg Revivals, 2nd rev. ed., Aldershot, 1994).
1939, The Making of the Second World War (André Deutsch, London, 1973); History Book Club Alternate Choice, September 1973.
1939, The Making of the Second World War (Simon and Schuster, New York, 1974).
1939, The Making of the Second World War (Gregg Revivals, 2nd rev. ed., Aldershot, 1993).
• Les Origines de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale (Librarie Hachette, Paris, 1974).
A.P. Young, The “X” Documents, The Secret History of Foreign Office Contacts with the German Resistance 1937-1939 (André Deutsch, London, 1974); with 22 page Appendix, “Carl Goerdeler and the Foreign Office”.
A.P. Young, Die X-Dokumente: Die geheimen Kontakte Carl Goerdelers mit der britischen Regierung, 1938/1939 (R. Piper, Munich, 1989); with 26 page Anhang, “Carl Goerdeler und das Foreign Office.”
Anthony Eden, A Biography (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1976).
Anthony Eden, A Biography (St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1977).
The Second World War as a National Experience (Department of National Defence, Ottawa, 1981); with Introduction and Suggestions for Further Reading. Posted on http://www., by the Department of National Defence, 2003. See
http://www.forces.gc.ca/hr/dhh/downloads/Official_Histories/Natl_exp.pdf.
• “Britain, From Empire to Welfare State, 1906-Present,” and “Topics in Twentieth Century British Diplomacy,” in Selected Reading Lists and Course Outlines from American Colleges and Universities: Modern European History, 1789 to the Present, Vol. 1, Chronological and National Courses, edited by John Santore (Markus Wiener, New York, 1983, 3rd rev. ed., 1990).
British Foreign Policy, 1918-1945: A Guide to Research and Research Materials (Scholarly Resources, Wilmington, DE, 1984).
British Foreign Policy, 1918-1945: A Guide to Research and Research Materials (D.J. Costello Publishers, Tunbridge Wells, 1984).
• British Foreign Policy, 1918-1945: A Guide to Research and Research Materials (Scholarly Resources, Wilmington, DE, and D.J. Costello Publishers, Tunbridge Wells, 1991); extensively expanded and revised second edition.
• “’Guilty Men:’ The Case of Neville Chamberlain,” in Paths to War: New Essays on the Origins of the Second World War, edited by Robert Boyce and Esmonde M. Robertson (Macmillan, London, 1989, St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1989).
• “Salter’s Soviet,” in Power, Personalities and Policies: Essays in Honour of Donald Cameron Watt, edited by Michael Graham Fry (Frank Cass, London, 1992, Portland, OR, 1992).
• “Chamberlain: The Guiltiest Man?” in British Appeasement and the Origins of World War II, edited by R.J.Q. Adams (D.C. Heath, Lexington, MA, 1994).
• “’Mapping the Archives,” Documents on British Foreign Policy and Documents on British Policy Overseas,” in Diplomatic Documents and Their Users: Proceedings of the Third Conference of Editors of Diplomatic Documents, Ottawa, 11-13 May 1994, edited by John Hilliker and Mary Halloran (Historical Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Ottawa, 1995).
• “Guilty Men,’ The Case of Neville Chamberlain,” in The Origins of the Second World War, edited by Patrick Finney (Arnold, London, 1997).
• “Military Planning and the Origins of the Second World War: Afterword,” in Military Planning and the Origins of the Second World War, edited by B.J.C. McKercher and Roch Legault (Greenwood Publishing Group, Westport, CT, 2001).
• “Viorel Virgil Tilea and the Origins of the Second World War: An Essay in Closure,” in Diplomacy and Statecraft, vol. 13, no. 3, September 2002, pp. 153-174.
• “Chamberlain, Neville, 1869-1940,” pp.244-245, and “Eden, Sir Anthony, Lord Avon, 1897-1977,” pp. 419-420, in Reader’s Guide to British History, 2 vols., edited by David Loades (Fitzroy Dearborn, London, 2003).
• “Sir William Seeds: Diplomat as Scapegoat?” in Leadership and Responsibility: Collected Essays in Honour of Professor Robert Vogel, edited by Brian Farrell (McGill Queen’s University Press, Montreal, 2004).
Appeasement and All Souls: A Portrait with Documents, 1937-1939 (Cambridge University Press for the Royal Historical Society (Cambridge, 2005).
• “Appeasement: Before and After Revisionism,” Diplomacy and Statecraft, vol. 19, no. 3, September 2008, pp. 443-480.
Dealing with Josef Stalin: The Moscow Blue Book, 1939 (Argonaut Papers, London, 2009).

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