Scope and arrangement
The papers document Fitzmaurice's career, almost exclusively through correspondence and memoranda, beginning with his work as legal advisor to the Ministry of Economic Warfare (1939-1943) through his work with the United Nations. Material relating to his early career includes correspondence discussing the seizure of contraband and diversion of merchant ships during World War II, and circulars by Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden, and Clement Richard Attlee. One folder contains correspondence relating to the transition from the old International Council at the Hague, including correspondence with Cecil Hurst. Additional correspondence pertains to matters of international law and to the activities of the Grotius Society.