Papers of Elizabeth, Lady Lewis (1844-1931) and the Lewis family, 1849-1982

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      GB 161 Dep. c. 831-53, d. 840, e. 393
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Scope and Content

Papers of the Lewis family, 19th-20th cent., mainly letters to Elizabeth, Lady Lewis, many from literary figures, 1866-1931.

Administrative / Biographical History

The members of the Lewis family represented in this collection are as follows: Elizabeth, Lady Lewis (1844-1931); her husband Sir George Lewis, 1st Bart. (1833-1911), solicitor; their son Sir George Lewis, 2nd Bart (1868-1927), solicitor; one of their daughters, Katherine Elizabeth Lewis (d. 1961); and their grand-daughter Elizabeth Lewis, later Wansbrough (d. 1995). Details for Sir George Lewis are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Conditions Governing Access

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Ampleforth Abbey, 1996.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the collection is available online at

Custodial History

The papers were bequeathed by Elizabeth Wansbrough to Ampleforth Abbey.

Related Material

The Bodleian Library holds other papers of the Lewis family, including lists of dinner guests, 1876-1919, and letters, (MSS. Don. c. 189, e. 180-4); and an autograph album, and cookery book, of Katherine Lewis, (MSS. Don. b. 38, d. 201).