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Eirlys Roberts Collection


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Roberts, Eirlys, 1911-

Considered the "mother" of the modern British consumer movement, Eirlys Roberts was a member of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) Albanian Mission; later, editor-in-chief and head of research at Consumers' Association, a consumer rights organization in the United Kingdom, founded in 1957. She died on March 18, 2008.

The collection consists of miscellaneous material of Roberts primarily relating to her UNRRA work in Italy and Albania during World War II and at the Consumers' Association. Included are 32 photographs and 19 postcards of Albanian people and scenes, assembled by Roberts; "The Partisans Hold the Heights," an unpublished, typed manuscript (308 pp.) of a World War II novel by Roberts; her diary (autograph and typed manuscript) as UNRRA representative, at the end of WWII (25 March - 27 July 1945), based at the Italian Mission, Ruvo di Puglia; fashion reports, 1935-1936; Roberts's firsthand account of UNRRA operations in Albania, 1943-1947; letters by Roberts to her sister, Helen, 1947-1954; and a scrapbook compiled by employees of the Consumers' Association to mark the retirement of Roberts from CA in 1977.

Material arranged chronologically.

Purchased from Richard M. Ford in 2007 with matching funds provided by the Program in Hellenic Studies with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund.

AM 2009-6

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

Fashion Reports and Roberts's Firsthand Account of UNRRA Operations in Albania, 1935-1947. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Roberts's Diary as UNRRA Representative at the end of WWII, Based at the Italian Mission, Ruvo di Puglia, 1945 March 25-July 27. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

32 Photographs and 19 Postcards of Albanian People and Scenes, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letters from Roberts to Her Sister, Helen, 1947-1954. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

"The Partisans Hold the Heights," An Unpublished, Typed Manuscript of a WWII Novel by Roberts, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scrapbook Compiled by Employees of the Consumers' Association to Mark the Retirement of Roberts from CA, 1977. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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