Guy Burgess at the BBC | The early career of the Cambridge spy
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[handwritten label] Burgess
8th June, 1939
Stafford has asked me to say that as the space occupied by your numerous books
is urgently wanted, you must either take them away by the end of next week or
they will be parcelled and sent to Foyles. The proceeds will probably be
expended on tea tickets.
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Document Type | Letter
08 June 1939
This short memo evokes images of a long-gone office world featuring tea trolleys and library cards. Burgess is threatened with the sale of his uncollected books after he departs from the BBC, but leaves his belongings behind.
Burgess was similarly remiss when he was dismissed from his position at the British Embassy in Washington DC in 1951, leaving behind a Lincoln convertible in the car park.
The relative merits of three Cambridge graduates are assessed by the university.
A Cambridge don provides a reference for Guy Burgess
An astute assessment of Burgess' strengths and weaknesses by his Cambridge University tutor.
Burgess is pursued for a photograph by an exasperated BBC administrator.
Burgess, as a BBC producer, advises Blunt about speaking on the radio
Burgess recounts his conversation with a mistrustful Churchill.
Burgess fails to clear his desk when he leaves the BBC.
Burgess forgets to sign his BBC staff contract and is unhappy with the salary offered.
The case of the locked door.
A concerned Director of Talks reports on his handling of Burgess and the locked door incident.
Burgess gives his version of events in the case of the locked door.
Burgess insists on travelling first class and claims for visiting the House of Commons.
A revealing insight into Burgess' working day from an exasperated administrator.
Alarm is expressed at Burgess' profligate use of BBC funds for entertaining MPs.
'MPs are expensive to entertain.'
Burgess' case for travelling first class is disputed.
Burgess persists with his claim for first-class travel.
His country needs him: Burgess is required for essential war work.
The head of the Talks Department is reluctant to let Burgess go.
Guy Burgess plans to leave the BBC to join the Foreign Office.
The manner and timing of Burgess' departure from the BBC causes concern.
A summary of Burgess' strengths, weaknesses and suitability for re-employment.
The BBC may have uncovered a clue to Burgess' recent movements.
The BBC and the Foreign Office are called to account for employing Burgess.
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