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Roberts, Eirlys, 1911-
Eirlys Roberts Collection
Manuscripts Division
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2 boxes and 0.6 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2


Consists of miscellaneous material of Eirlys Roberts primarily relating to her United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation work in Italy and Albania during World War II and at the Consumers' Association, a consumer rights organization in the United Kingdom.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

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photographs and 19 postcards of Albanian people and scenes, assembled by Roberts; "The Partisans Hold the Heights," an unpublished, typed manuscript (308 pp.)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.

Collection Creator Biography:

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.

Collection History


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


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Eirlys Roberts Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2