CREWE-MILNES, Robert Offley Ashburton, 1st Marquess of Crewe (1858-1945)

Scope and Content

Papers of Robert Crewe-Milnes, 1st Marquess of Crewe, comprising correspondence with Imperial College administration department, 1908-1922, as Chairman of the Governing Body.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born, London, 1858; educated at Harrow, Trinity College Cambridge; Assistant Private Secretary to Secretary for Foreign Affairs, 1883-1884; 2nd Baron Houghton of Great Houghton, Yorkshire, 1885; Lord-in-Waiting to the Queen, 1886; Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, 1892-1895; created Earl of Crewe, 1895; Lord President of the Council, 1905-1908, 1915-1916; Chairman, Governing Body of Imperial College, 1907-1922; knighted, 1908; Lord Privy Seal, 1908, 1912-1915; Secretary of State for the Colonies, 1908-1910; Secretary of State for India, 1910-1915; created 1st Marquess of Crewe, Earl of Madeley, 1911; HM Lieutenant, County of London, 1912-1944; President, Board of Education, 1916; Chairman, London County Council, 1917; H M Ambassador in Paris, 1922-1928; Secretary of State for War, 1931; Chancellor, Sheffield University; died, 1945. Publications: include: Lord Rosebery (John Murray, London, 1931).

Access Information

Researchers wishing to consult the Archives should first contact the College Archivist, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ, for an appointment.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue is available at the College Archives.

Separated Material

Include: correspondence and papers, 1892-1939, held at Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives (reference: Crewe papers); correspondence and papers, 1929-1936 relating to Rosebery biography, held at the National Library of Scotland, Manuscripts Division (reference: MSS 10195-205); correspondence and papers relating to India, held at Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives (reference: Hardinge).

Conditions Governing Use

A photocopying service is available at the discretion of the Archivist. Photocopies are supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

Custodial History

Accumulated by Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine during the course of business.


Lord Crewe, 1858-1945. The likeness of a Liberal James Pope Hennessy (Constable & Co, London, 1955).