Correspondence relating to the F.W. Maitland Memorial Fund

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Correspondence relating to the F.W. Maitland Memorial Fund.

Administrative / Biographical History

Frederic William Maitland (1850-1906), son of John Gorham Maitland, was educated at Eton and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied moral sciences (B.A., 1873; M.A., 1876). He was called to the bar in 1876, and became reader in English law at Cambridge in 1884, and Downing professor, 1888-1906. Maitland was a founder of the Selden Society, which sought to encourage the study of the history of English law, and served as its literary director in 1895. He became Ford's lecturer at Oxford in 1897, and Rede lecturer at Cambridge in 1901. He was also an honorary fellow of Trinity College. The F.W. Maitland Memorial Fund was founded at Cambridge in 1907 to promote education and research in the history of law, legal language and legal bodies.

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Acquisition Information

Presented by A. Pearce Higgins.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Maitland in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, 1901-1911, Vol. II (Oxford University Press, 1927), pp. 552-555.

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