Lady Augusta Stanley collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence by Lady Augusta in her role as lady in waiting to Queen Victoria to Lady Jane Franklin regarding the memorial to Sir John Franklin in Waterloo Place, London.

Administrative / Biographical History

Lady Augusta Stanley (nee Bruce) was born in 1822, fifth daughter of Thomas Bruce, the seventh earl of Elgin. She became an attendant to Queen Victoria, and in December 1863, married Arthur Penrhyn Stanley (1815-1881), professor of ecclesiastical history and canon of Christ Church, Oxford, who was the son of Reverend Edward Stanley (1779-1849). In January 1864, her husband became dean of Westminster Abbey, a post he held until his death in 1881. She died on 1 March 1876.


The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Access Information

By appointment.

Some materials deposited at the Institute are NOT owned by the Institute. In such cases the archivist will advise about any requirements imposed by the owner. These may include seeking permission to read, extended closure, or other specific conditions.


Anyone wishing to consult material should ensure they note the entire MS reference and the name of the originator.

The term holograph is used when the item is wholly in the handwriting of the author. The term autograph is used when the author has signed the item.

Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Dictionary of National Biography volume 54, Smith, Elder & Co. London (1898)

Other Finding Aids

Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.

Additional finding aids are available at the Institute.

Conditions Governing Use

Copying material by photography, electrostat, or scanning device by readers is prohibited. The Institute may be able to provide copies of some documents on request for lodgement in publicly available repositories. This is subject to conservation requirements, copyright law, and payment of fees.

Copyright restrictions apply to most material. The copyright may lie outside the Institute and, if so, it is necessary for the reader to seek appropriate permission to consult, copy, or publish any such material. (The Institute does not seek this permission on behalf of readers). Written permission to publish material subject to the Institute's copyright must be obtained from the Director. Details of conditions and fees may be had from the Archivist.


Further accessions possible.

Related Material

The Institute holds extensive archival collections for Lady Jane Franklin and Sir John Franklin.