Papers of John Satterfield Sandars, including papers of Arthur James Balfour and Henry Matthews, 1809-1929

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. hist. a. 21, c. 713-73
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Scope and Content

This collection of papers is a particularly valuable source for the political history of the period from the mid-1880s to the early 1920s. It is important by reason of Sandars's own involvement in the politics of the time; but it is also important for the papers included which were not strictly Sandars's own papers. Many of Balfour's papers remained with Sandars and are in this collection, including his copies of his cabinet letters to the king while prime minister. The collection also contains some of the papers of Henry Matthews from the period when Sandars was his private secretary.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Satterfield Sandars (1853-1934) was private secretary to the Home Secretary, Henry Matthews, later 1st Viscount Llandaff, 1886-92, and to A.J. Balfour, 1892-1905.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

These papers were given to the Bodleian Library by Mrs. Harriet Sandars in 1934.


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

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Related Material

Ten maps were removed from the collection to the Map Room, where they have been catalogued as follows: Map of Transvaal, 1899, signed by Lord Roberts: E59(126); Maps of Europe, 1914-17: C1(538)[1]-[9].