Manuscripts (including bound manuscript of Bracton and his Notebook, 1885-7), lecture notes and research notes (14 files) and a scrapbook of presscuttings relating to Maitland (1895-1920), probably compiled by his daughter Fredegond Shove.
F. W. Maitland manuscripts
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- ReferenceGB 269 DCPP/MAI
- Dates of Creation1885 - 1920
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description6 boxes
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Administrative / Biographical History
Frederic William Maitland (1850-1906), son of John Gorham Maitland, was educated at Eton and 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 of the Laws of England, 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. He lived in West Lodge at Downing College with his wife Florence (later Darwin) and their two daughters and was host to the composer Tchaikovsky there when he visited Cambridge to receive his honorary degree in 1892. Professor Maitland suffered from ill health in his final years and died in 1906 in Gran Canaria, where he was buried.
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Open to researchers by appointment.
Transferred from Rare Books and Special Collections, Downing College, November 2000.
Other Finding Aids
The Collected Papers of Frederic William Maitland, edited in three volumes by H.A.L. Fisher (Cambridge 1911)