Archbishops' papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The Archbishops' Papers are wide-ranging, covering political and social issues as well as ecclesiastical history in Great Britain and more generally throughout the Anglican Communion. Apart from correspondence this series includes diaries, sermons, newspaper cuttings, and reports on ordinands. reports on ordinands. Papers of Charles Thomas Longley as Archbishop of Canterbury (1862-1868). These extend over his early years and tenure of the bishopric of Ripon and his appointments to Durham and York. 9 volumes. appointments to Durham and York. 9 volumes. Papers of Archibald Campbell Tait covering his entire career at Oxford, dean of Carlisle, bishop of London (1856-1868) and archbishop of Canterbury, (1869-1882), c. 1834-1882 . Includes correspondence, journals, ordination books, newspaper cuttings. 446 volumes. newspaper cuttings. 446 volumes. Papers of Edward White Benson as Archbishop of Canterbury, (1883-1896). 181 volumes. volumes. Papers of Frederick Temple as Archbishop of Canterbury, (1896-1902). 60 volumes. Papers of Frederick Temple as Archbishop of Canterbury, (1896-1902). 60 volumes. Papers of Randall Thomas Davidson extend over his entire career, as chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury (1876-1883), dean of Windsor (1883-1891), bishop of Rochester (1891-5), Winchester (1895-1903), and Archbishop of Canterbury (1903-1928). In addition to correspondence, the collection includes diaries, report on ordinands, sermons, newspaper cutting, photographs, 1848-1930. 803 volumes. volumes. Papers of Cosmo Gordon Lang relate principally to his years as Archbishop of Canterbury, (1928-1942), but include newspaper cuttings, diaries, sermons, and photographs which cover his tenure of the archbishopric of York. 321 volumes. photographs which cover his tenure of the archbishopric of York. 321 volumes. Papers of William Temple relate principally to his years as Archbishop of Canterbury (1942-5), but include diaries, sermons and photographs for earlier career, especially as Archbishop of York. 109 volumes. career, especially as Archbishop of York. 109 volumes. Papers of Geoffrey Francis Fisher as Archbishop of Canterbury (1945-1961). Papers of Geoffrey Francis Fisher as Archbishop of Canterbury (1945-1961). Include a few papers particularly on Anglican-Methodist unity after his retirement. 328 volumes. retirement. 328 volumes. Papers of Michael Ramsey as Archbishop of Canterbury (1961-1974). 195 volumes to date. date. Papers of the Archbishop's Assyrian Mission, 1879-1931, These comprise correspondence of the archbishops, and are not the archive of the mission itself.

Administrative / Biographical History

Please see Dictionary of National Biography for biographical histories of the individual Archbishops. Other sources are listed at: http://www.lambethpalacelibrary.org/holdings/guides/mod_archbps.html

Arrangement

The original order of Archbishops papers has generally been preserved.

Conditions Governing Access

A full readers ticket is required for access to this material. The Archbishops' Papers are subject to a thirty-year ruling in line with access to government papers in the Public Record Office. Papers of Archbishop Ramsey are released annually after 30 years.

Acquisition Information

immediate source of acquistion

Other Finding Aids

Barber, M. Early Modern Archbishops' Papers. List of papers, 1664-1824, (typescript). Includes papers of the following archbishops: Thomas Tenison (1695-1715), John Potter (1737-47), Thomas Herring (1747-57), Matthew Hutton (1757-8), Thomas Secker (1758-68), Frederick Cornwallis (1768-83), John Moore (1783-1805), and Charles Manners Sutton (1805-28). Sayers, J.E. and Bill, E.G.W Calendar of the papers of Charles Thomas Longley, archbishop of Canterbury 1862-1868 in Lambeth Palace Library, (London, 1976). Index to the letters and papers of Archibald Campbell Tait, archbishop of Canterbury, 1868-82, (typescript, 1989). Letters and papers of Archibald Campbell Tait, Bishop of London, 1856-1868, NRA 1968. Index to the letters and papers of Edward White Benson, archbishop of Canterbury, 1883-1896, in Lambeth Palace Library, (London, 1980). Barber, M Index to the letters and papers of Frederick Temple, archbishop of Canterbury, 1896-1902, in Lambeth Palace Library, (1975). Catalogue of the correspondence and papers of Randall Thomas Davidson, archbishop of Canterbury, 1903-1928, (typescript, 1993). Summary catalogue of the papers of Cosmo Gordon Lang, archbishop of Canterbury, 1928-1942, (typescript, 1986). Summary catalogue of the papers of William Temple, archbishop of Canterbury, 1942-1944, (typescript, 1981). Aspin, R. K. and Pick, G. Catalogue of the correspondence and papers of Geoffrey Francis Fisher, archbishop of Canterbury, 1945-1961, (typescript, 1993). Catalogue and index of the correspondence and papers of Michael Ramsey, archbishop of Canterbury, 1961-1974, in Lambeth Palace Library (typescript; draft for 1961-9); in progress for 1970-1). List of ordination papers for the dioceses of Winchester, 1895-1902, and of Canterbury, 1902-1944 (typescript). List of the Archbishop's Assyrian Mission Papers, 1879-1931, (typescript, 1990). Frappell, R., Frappell, L., Withycombe, R. and Nobbs, R. Anglicans in the Antipodes: an indexed calendar to the papers and correspondence of the archbishops of Canterbury, 1781-1961, relating to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, (Greenwood, 1999).

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Appraisal Information

This subfonds has been weeded in accordance with established principles.

Custodial History

The Library was founded as a public library by Archbishop Bancroft in 1610, and its collections have been freely available for research ever since. From the primacy of Archbishop Longley (1862-8), the official papers and correspondence of the Archbishops of Canterbury have been deposited in the Library and kept as a separate series. Few papers of the early 19th century Archbishops (Manners Sutton, Howley and Sumner have survived.

Accruals

Open.

Related Material

Correspondence of earlier archbishops in the Library located in the manuscript sequence. Fulham Papers. Lambeth Conference. Bishops Meetings.