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Writing Peace: John Alderdice Collection

Writing Peace

From the mid-1980s, John, now Lord, Alderdice, was intimately involved in the Irish peace process. His archive spans more than thirty years of negotiation and implementation, from his early days in the Alliance Party in the 1980s, through his leadership of the party during several phases of multi-party talks in the 1990s, to the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement during his time as the first Speaker of the new Northern Ireland Assembly. It also includes a small section on the Sunningdale Conference, inherited from previous party leaders, as a testimony to the origins of the 1998 Agreement. The section of Lord Alderdice's archive digitized as part of this project focuses primarily on his role in the Multi-Party Talks of the 1990s. A wider collection of his papers, documenting his contribution to liberal politics and conflict resolution in other countries, is held in the McClay Library at Queen’s University in Belfast. The Alderdice papers to which Quill originally had access were catalogued and arranged chronologically in three subsections, 1985-1992 (particularly focusing on 1991-1992), 1992-1995, and 1996-1998, representing the three main attempts to reach agreement in the 1990s. Papers handed over by Lord Alderdice after this initial cataloguing process had been completed are currently in a separate box and span the whole period. This collection was catalogued and digitized by Ruth Murray, Harriet Carter, Sofia Panourgias and Annabel Harris.

Cite as: Writing Peace: John Alderdice Collection, Quill Project at Pembroke College (Oxford, accessed 2024)

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The section of Lord Alderdice's archive digitized as part of this project focuses primarily on his role in the Multi-Party Talks of the 1990s. A wider collection of his papers, documenting his contribution to liberal politics and conflict resolution in other countries, is held in the McClay Library at Queen’s University in Belfast. The Alderdice papers to which Quill originally had access were catalogued and arranged chronologically in three subsections, 1985-1992 (particularly focusing on 1991-1992), 1992-1995, and 1996-1998, representing the three main attempts to reach agreement in the 1990s. Papers handed over by Lord Alderdice after this initial cataloguing process had been completed are currently in a separate box and span the whole period. This collection was catalogued and digitized by Ruth Murray, Harriet Carter, Sofia Panourgias and Annabel Harris.


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Northern Ireland Brooke/Mayhew Talks 1991-1992

John Alderdice Collection

OLD VERSION March 2024 Northern Ireland All-Party Talks June 1996 - April 1998

John Alderdice

Alderdice Archive - Forum (Quill Resource Collection)

Northern Ireland Downing Street Joint Declaration (1993)

WORKING VERSION Northern Ireland All-Party Talks 1996-1998

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ALD1 1996-97 Box 9
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ALD2 1985 to 1992 Box 11 Loose Papers 1992

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ALD2 1985 to 1992 Box 12 Loose Papers 1987 to 1993

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ALD2 1985 to 1992 Box 13 Secretary of State Correspondence

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ALD2 1993 to 1995 Box 6 July to December 1995

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ALD2 1993 to 1995 Box 7 Forum For Peace And Reconciliation Volume 1 Plenary Sessions September 1994 - February 1995

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ALD2 1993 to 1995 Box 8 Forum For Peace and Reconciliation Volume 2 Plenary Sessions 1995

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ALD2 1993 to 1995 Box 9 Forum For Peace And Reconciliation Volume 3 Sub Committees 1995

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ALD2 1993 to 1995 Box 10 Forum For Peace And Reconciliation Volume 4 Sub-Committees, Press Coverage, Correspondence

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ALD2 1993 to 1995 Box 11 White House Conference for Trade and Investment in Ireland May 1994

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