The main part of the collection consists of letters from Maxwell to his sister Margaret Eccles (ne Maxwell) and to other members of the Maxwell family. Maxwell comments on life on board ship, arrival in Constantinople, conditions in the trenches, bad weather, fatalistic attitudes of the men, hopes that Sebastopol won't fall, conditions and supplies, the death of Lord Raglan, alcoholism among the men, peace in 1856. The collection also includes some miscellaneous items relating to the theatre including letters from Henry Irving and Beerbohm Tree.
The Maxwell Letters
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 150 MAX
- Dates of Creation1854-1909
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description33 items
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Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Alexander Maxwell served in the Crimea, 1854-1856 as an officer with the border regiment.
Reference: University of Birmingham, Guide to Special Collections Archives and Manuscripts (http://www.is.bham.ac.uk/specialcoll/archives_btb.htm). Accessed January 2002.
The correspondence is arranged chronologically.
Conditions Governing Access
Open. Access to all registered researchers.
This collection was deposited by 1968
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Further deposits are not expected.