Political and personal papers of the Ulster politician Harry Midgley (1892-1957), Minister of Public Security in the Northern Ireland Parliament, 1943-45, Minister of Labour, 1949, and Minister of Education, 1950-57. The collection includes much material reflecting Midgley’s career in the Northern Ireland Labour Party and in the Stormont Government and his interests more generally. Included can be found detailed correspondence, 1929-57, relating to his political career and from such figures as former NI Prime Minister, Basil Brooke (1888-1973) and George Simpson, Secretary of the North Derry Labour Party. The correspondence also includes a strong sporting element reflecting Midgely's role as a member of the management committee of Linfield Football Club from the early 1930s (see also PRONI references D/3852 and T/3824) and later as Club Chairman, a position he held until his death in 1957. In addition, the archive also contains an important series of Midgely's diaries dating from 1928 to 1943 pertaining to issues such as the resignation of the Labour Government in Britain on 24 August, 1931. There is also a wide range of Midgely's speeches in the collection, 1940-56, covering many of the important issues of the day. Printed election material, 1923-57, press cuttings, 1929-87, a small batch of photographs, 1917-53, and 24 of his poems written between 1916 and 1954 are also to be found.
The Midgely Papers are a rich source for students of twentieth century Ulster politics.
The Midgley Papers consist of c.2,000 documents, consisting of correspondence, diaries, photographs, printed material and press cuttings etc and comprise the contents of 5 PRONI boxes.
See PRONI reference D/4089 for catalogue of the papers. The catalogue is available for consultation in PRONI's Public Search Room