Papers of Lord Alfred Emmott, 1858-1926

Scope and Content

Only a very small, miscellaneous collection of Emmott's papers have survived and because of this a very simple arrangement of the paper has been adopted: the papers have been put into a single chronological series. There is one exception from this, Emmott 8 which contains papers relating to the Foreign Office Committee to collect information on Russia. This exception was made because the file was clearly as originally arranged. The collection of papers relating to the Congo Reform Association have been dispersed into the main series mainly because there was no evidence to show that this collection had been made by Emmott himself.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alfred, Baron Emmott was born in Chadderton on 8 May 1858 and died in Kensington on 13 December 1926. He was a politician and cotton manufacturer who was an MP, served as Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies, directed the War Trade Department, chaired a commission looking into the desirability of decimal coinage and was Chairman of the Foreign Office Committee collecting information on conditions in Russia, among other roles. (Source: Oxford DNB)


By sections as follows: Diaries, 1907-1915; Correspondence & memorandum, 1894-1937; Press cuttings, 1879-1968; Miscellaneous.

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 Emmott collection can be found [online] Link:

Custodial History

The Emmott papers were deposited in Nuffield College Library by Mrs. Joan Simon, Alfred Emmott's granddaughter, in 1968.

Location of Originals

Some correspondence with Winston Churchill and electoral fragments were deposited in 1965 in the House of Commons' Library; these are now available to researchers in the Parliamentary Archives. Typescript copies of some of the letters in the Parliamentary Archives have been deposited in Nuffield and vice versa. A further three letters were deposited in the Fawcett Library.