Papers of Jane Cobden Unwin

Scope and Content

The archive consists of 7 boxes of correspondence, photographs, pamphlets and newspaper cuttings related to issues of interest to Jane Cobden Unwin.

Administrative / Biographical History

Emma Jane Catherine Cobden was born in 1851, the daughter of Richard Cobden, MP. She was elected to the London County Council in 1889, and strove throughout her life for recognition of the rights of minorities and liberty for all, tackling such controversial issues as Irish Independence, the rights of indigenous peoples in South Africa, Eastern Europe and Russia, and womens' suffrage. She married Thomas Fisher Unwin, a publisher. She died in 1949.


The collection is divided into four boxes of correspondence, arranged chronologically, addressed to either Jane Cobden Unwin or Thomas Fisher Unwin, and three miscellaneous boxes, arranged chronologically, which contain newspaper cuttings, pamphlets and photographs.

Access Information

Accessible to all bona fide readers.


Compiled by Martin Hall, Assistant Archivist, University of Bristol Special Collections.

Other Finding Aids

Typescript catalogue available at University of Bristol Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission must be obtained from University of Bristol Special Collections.

Custodial History

The papers formed part of the National Liberal Club archive, which was purchased by the University of Bristol Special Collections.


No further accruals expected.

Location of Originals

  • Letter to the editor of the Manchester Guardian by Jane Cobden Unwin regarding the ability of the Prince Consort, 1935 - DM 742.
  • Catalogue of the Richard Cobden and Thomas Fisher Unwin books at Catscroft Heyshott nr. Midhurst, compiled in 1936 - DM 734.
  • Letters of William Urwick to Jane Cobden Unwin, 1900-1901 - DM 748, DM 756.
  • Letter of Alexander Wylie to Thomas Fisher Unwin on the publication of Unwin's Labour, Leisure and Luxury (1884) - DM 777.
  • Papers of Richard Cobden are held in the West Sussex Record Office.

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