Personal and official papers of the Right Honourable Sir Austen Chamberlain (1863-1937) and the Chamberlain family. The official papers of Austen Chamberlain consist of material relating to his election to Parliament in 1892 and the offices he held thereafter: Junior Whip, 1893; Civil Lord of the Admiralty, 1895-1900; Financial Secretary to the Treasury, 1900-1902; Postmaster General, 1902-1903; Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1903-1905 and 1919-1921; Secretary of State for India 1915-1917; Leader of the House and Lord Privy Seal, 1921-1922; Foreign Secretary, 1924-1929, including award of Knighthood of the Garter and Nobel Peace Prize; and First Lord of the Admiralty, 1931. These papers include information relating to political and economic issues of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, such as: Irish Home Rule, Tariff Reform, Indian Affairs, the Locarno Conference and Treaty, political debates, political figures, speeches, and so forth.
The personal papers include the following: correspondence of the Right Honourable Joseph Chamberlain (father of Austen Chamberlain), Right Honourable Neville Chamberlain (half-brother of Austen Chamberlain), Beatrice, Ida and Hilda Chamberlain (sister and half-sisters of Austen Chamberlain); family ancestry papers and vital records, such as birth, marriage and death certificates, family wills, other important family and ancestry documents; family photographs, journals and memorabilia; notes and proof copies of Austen Chamberlain's various publications, including: Notes on the Families of Chamberlain and Harben (1915), Down the Years (1935), and Politics from Inside (1936).
There is also a large series of correspondence of Mary Carnegie (ne Endicott, Chamberlain; step-mother of Austen Chamberlain), including correspondence between Mary and the Chamberlain family, particularly Austen Chamberlain, as well as between Mary and her own family, the Endicotts, covering a period from the 1880s to the 1920s and embracing a wide range of personal, social and political topics. Both the official papers and the personal papers of Austen Chamberlain and the Chamberlain family cover a wide range of subjects; they span the decline of the Victorian Era, the First World War, and the foreshadowing of the Second World War.
The collection also includes a gift of letters of John S. Wilson, secretary to both Joseph and Austen Chamberlain, 1898-1936, which have been added to the Austen Chamberlain collection. This gift was reported in the University Librarian's Annual Report, 1963/64.