RepositorySpecial Collections Archives (GB 0029)
Ref NoEUL MS 146
Extent7 boxes
TitlePapers of Sir William Luce relating to Aden and the Gulf
DescriptionThis collection consists of materials relating to the time that Luce spent serving in Aden, Yemen, and the Gulf region. Included: correspondence, offprints and printed works, including pamphlets and journals; notebooks and appointment diaries; material relating to visits to the Gulf region; texts of speeches delivered, 1951-1973. Also included are diaries of Lady Luce, 1944-1966.
Admin HistorySir William Henry Tucker Luce (1907-1977) GBE, KCMG, was the Governor and Commander of Chief in Aden from 1956-1960, taking up the position of the Political Resident in the Persian Gulf during 1961-1966. As this post came to an end, he maintained links with the region, and was appointed by the British Government as their advisor on Persian Gulf affairs, being put in charge of the programme of the withdrawal of British forces from the Gulf by the end of 1971. In his capacity as the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary's Special Representative for Gulf Affairs, he was involved in mediating between Iran and the Gulf states in their disputes with regard to the Gulf Islands of Abu Musa, the Tunbs and Sirri, boundary disputes between Saudi Arabia and various Gulf states in the Middle East, the formation of the United Arab Emirates and the independence of Bahrain and Qatar. After the withdrawal, he continued to make visits to the area. He also attended many conferences and seminars in the period 1966-1973, giving numerous speeches.
Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialPapers from this collection relating to the Sudan were transferred to the University of Durham Library in January 1996; see the online catalogue:

A few papers relating to Luce are also held at the National Archives (department codes: FO and NB).
Access ConditionsPlease Note: you must contact the Head of Special Collections well in advance BEFORE visiting to view this archive. Some items have been redacted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office due to Freedom of Information exemptions: please ask for further information.
Finding_AidsA rough handlist is available.
Creator_NameLuce; Sir; William Henry Tucker (1907-1977); Knight; Governor of Aden; politician
Luce; Lady; Margaret (1908-1989); playwright and diarist
Mgt_GroupMiddle Eastern papers
DS/UK/120Luce; William Henry Tucker (1907-1977); Governor of Aden; politician1907-1977
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