Papers of Lionel Curtis and of the Round Table

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Curtis 1-168, MSS. Eng. hist. b. 224, c.776-877
  • Dates of Creation
      1677-1971 (predominantly 20th century)
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      271 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Curtis's papers include correspondence, speeches and radio broadcasts, diaries, press cuttings, and printed books and papers. The papers of the Round Table include papers concerning its administration, correspondence, memoranda and reports, press cuttings, and papers of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), Sir Ivison Macadam and Dermot Morrah.

Administrative / Biographical History

Lionel George Curtis (1872-1955) was a colonial theorist and historian. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography. The Round Table was an organisation founded to advocate the federation of the self-governing countries of the British Commonwealth. Its quarterly review, the Round Table, first appeared in November 1910.

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Acquisition Information

Given to the Library in 1973 and 1975.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

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Related Material

See also: Papers of Alfred Milner, Viscount Milner, 1824-1955, and Additional papers of Alfred Milner, Viscount Milner, 1884-1920