This collection comprises of a diary (1939-1941), a personal notebook concerning early 20thC politics and government deriving partly from the experiences of her husband Charles who became a junior minister in the Asquith government in 1908, and correspondence, working papers, and a draft manuscript relating to Lucy Masterman's proposed biography of Lucy Caroline Frederick Cavendish.
Papers of Lucy Masterman
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- ReferenceGB 1932 LCCA/LP/8
- Dates of Creation1930-1979
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description3 boxes
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Lucy Blanche Masterman (nee Lyttelton) was born in 1884, the daughter of General Sir Neville Lyttelton, and the niece and godchild of Lucy Caroline Frederick Cavendish, and great-niece of William Ewart Gladstone. In 1908 she married Charles Frederick Gurney Masterman (1874-1927), politician. They had three children: Margaret Mary (1910-1986), who became a Founding Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Neville Charles (b 1912), and Dorothy Hilda (1914-1981). Lucy Masterman took a keen interest in poverty and became the Chairwoman of the Women's Liberal Federation of the Battersea Housing Association, and a Tribunal Representative of the Cambridge Refugee Committee in the Second World War. She was the author of several books, including Poems (1913), C.F.G. Masterman; a biography (1939), and London from the Bustop; a guide for the impecunious traveller (1951), and she edited the diaries of Mary Drew, daughter of W.E. Gladstone, Mary Gladstone (Mrs Drew): Her Diaries and Letters (1930). She died in 1977.
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Donated to the Archive by Margaret Braithwaite, daughter of Lucy Masterman.
Other Finding Aids
Listed to file level, a paper copy is available in the Archive Reading Room.
A full catalogue description is available on JANUS http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk/.
Collection description by Karen Davies, College Archivist. Amended by Genesis Project Manager. Collection Description transferred to the Archives Hub in 2008 as part of Genesis 2008 Project
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