THE GUARDIAN INDEX, 1842-1928
Part 3: 1905-1928
The Guardian newspaper has a permanent and respected place amongst the leading international newspapers of record. It has always been characterised by its liberal outlook, its interest in world affairs and the quality of its writing. Many libraries hold backfiles, but access to the paper has been hindered by the absence of any index prior to 1986. This gap was filled with the discovery of the newspaper's own working index. For the period from 1842 to 1928, this was in the form of large manuscript ledgers.
Part 3 covers the period 1905-1928, featuring the launch of the first Dreadnought, the Anglo-German arms race, the Women's Suffrage campaign, the First World War, the Balfour Declaration, the Russian Revolution, the partitioning of Ireland, the emergence of the Labour Party, the first Labour Government and the onset of the Great Depression.
Once again the newspaper's editor, C P Scott, provided privileged access to the stories of the day. He was a close friend of Lloyd-George - indeed some have said that he spent more time with him than most Cabinet members. He was also close to Chaim Weizmann, Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Kerensky, Wilfrid Laurier, Jan Smuts, the Fawcetts and the Pankhursts.
The Guardian provided more coverage of Women's Suffrage, Zionism and civil rights issues than other leading newspapers and this is fully reflected in the index.