Papers of Lord Gainford (Joseph A. Pease), 1860-1943, including 6 members of the Gainford family

Scope and Content

This collection covers the papers of Lord Gainford (1860-1943), including 6 members of the Gainford family: Sir Joseph Whitwell Pease, 1st Bt. (1828-1903), his wife Mary (1835-1892), Joseph Albert Pease, 1st Baron Gainford (1860-1943), his wife Ethel (Elsie) (1867-1941), Miriam Blanche Pease (1887-1965) and Joseph Pease, 2nd Baron Gainford (1889-1971).

The collection contains correspondence, papers and publications about the family businesses, the economy, local and national politics and the two world wars, giving a valuable insight into social history from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries.

Administrative / Biographical History

Joseph Albert (Jack) Pease, the youngest son of Sir Joseph Whitwell Pease (1828-1903) and Mary Fox (1835-1892), was born on 17 January 1860 and died on 15 February 1943. Educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, he had an illustrious career in politics as a member of the Liberal Party. He was married to wife Ethel (Elsie) Havelock-Allan between 1867 and 1941, with whom he had a son, Joseph Pease (1889-1971), and two daughters, one being Miriam Blanche Pease (1887-1965). (Source: Oxford DNB)


By sections as follows: A. Sir Joseph Whitwell Pease' papers; B. Mary Pease' papers; C. Joseph Albert Pease, 1st Baron Gainford; D. Joseph Pease, 2nd Baron Gainford's papers; E. Elsie Pease' papers; F. Miriam Pease' papers.

Access Information

By prior appointment only. Application in writing (letter or email) to the Assistant Librarian (Archives). See Nuffield College Archives location page for more details.

Other Finding Aids

The handlist for the Lord Gainford collection can be found [online] Link:

Custodial History

The Gainford papers were deposited in Nuffield College Library in 1968.