Papers of John Sankey, Viscount Sankey of Moreton (1866-1948)

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. hist. a. 19, c. 502-56, d. 313-40, e. 242-303, f. 21
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Scope and Content

Sankey's papers consist of:

  • General correspondence and papers, 1885-1948
  • Letters of congratulation
  • Indian papers
  • Speeches
  • Diaries
  • Miscellaneous papers

They are particulalry informative about certain aspects of his Lord Chancellorship, especially his part in the Indian Round Table Conference, and they contain a certain amount of interesting general political material.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Sankey, Viscount Sankey of Moreton (1866-1948), became a judge in the King's Bench division and later in the Court of Appeal and was Lord Chancellor from 1929 to 1935. He was chairman, in 1915, of the Home Office aliens advisory committee, in 1919 of the coal industry commission and, during his Lord Chancellorship, of the inter-imperial relations committee of the imperial conference and the federal structure committee of the Indian Round Table Conference. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Conditions Governing Access

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Acquisition Information

The papers were transferred to the Library in 1972.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A full catalogue is available in the Library.

Custodial History

These papers were previously in the possession of Messrs. Freeman & Son, the executors of the estate of Miss Edith Sankey, Lord Sankey's sister.