Papers of Professor Albert Venn Dicey (1835-1922)

Scope and Content

The collection consists of notebooks containing: notes on the law of domicil (domicile) with a list of cases to 1890; notes on jurisdiction procedure; notes on contracts to 1891; notes on changeability of immovables, and land or immovables; notes on the conflict of laws from 1907 to 1911; and, notes on private international law.

Administrative / Biographical History

Albert Venn Dicey was born in 1835. He studied at Balliol College Oxford where he was President of the Union. He was a Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford, from 1860 until 1872. Dicey was called to the Bar at Inner Temple in 1863. From 1876 until 1890, he was Junior Counsel to the Commissioners of the Inland Revenue, and between 1882 and 1909 he was the Vinerian Professor of English Law and a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He became a QC in 1890. His publications include: Introduction to the study of the law of the constitution (1885), Digest of the law of England (1896), Law and public opinion in England (1905). An ardent Unionist, Dicey also wrote England's case against home rule (1886), and collaborated on Thoughts on the union between England And Scotland (1920). Albert Venn Dicey died on 7 April 1922.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.


The biographical history was compiled using the following material: (1) Who was who 1916-1928. A companion to Who's who .... Vol.2. 3rd ed. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1962. (2) The dictionary of national biography. The concise dictionary. Part 2. 1901-1970. Oxford: OUP, 1982.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.

Related Material

The local Indexes show various references to A. V. Dicey correspondence (check the Indexes for more details). In addition, the UK National Register of Archives notes: miscellaneous correspondence and papers at Glasgow University Library, Special Collections Department; correspondence and papers at London Metropolitan Archives; correspondence at Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, and letters at Gonville and Caius College Library, Cambridge, and King's College Archive Centre, Cambridge; letters at Oxford University, All Souls College, and at Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts, and at Balliol College Library; letters at British Library, Manuscript Collections; letters at Manchester University, John Rylands Library; correspondence at House of Lords Records Office, the Parliamentary Archives; and letters at Trinity College Dublin.