Frederic William Maitland: Letters to Josef Redlich

Scope and Content

Letters to Josef Redlich from Frederic Maitland, with a few from Florence Maitland.

Administrative / Biographical History

Frederic William Maitland (1850-1906), legal historian, was born in London on 28 May 1850, and educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he took the moral sciences tripos (B.A., 1873; M.A. 1876). He was called to the bar in 1876, and thereafter became Reader in English Law at Cambridge, 1884, and Downing Professor, 1888. He was the founder of the Selden Society, which sought to encourage the study of the history of English law, and served as its literary director in 1895. He was Ford Lecturer at Oxford in 1897, and Rede Lecturer at Cambridge in 1901. He was also an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College. Maitland married Florence Henrietta Fisher (1864-1920) on 20 July 1886. He died at Las Palmas, Canary Islands, on 20 December 1906.

Josef Redlich (1869-1936), scholar and politician, was born at Göding, Moravia, on 18 June 1869. He was educated at the Akademisches Gymnasium, Vienna, 1878-1886, and attended the Universities of Vienna, Leipzig and Tbingen, 1886-1891. In 1907 he became Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law at the Technical University of Vienna. Redlich was a member of the Austrian parliament, 1907-1918, serving as Minister of Finance, 1918 and 1931. He was Professor of Comparative Public Law at Harvard University, 1926-1934. He died in Vienna on 11 November 1936.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Deposited on permanent loan by the Selden Society, 1972.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on F.W. Maitland in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, 1901-1911 (Oxford University Press, 1927), pp. 552-555, and to Fritz Fellner, 'Redlich, Josef (1869-1936)', Oxford dictionary of national biography (Oxford University Press, 2004).

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Custodial History

The collection was presented to the Selden Society by Dr Redlich's widow.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds other papers relating to Frederic William Maitland, MSS.Add.2766/16, 4432, 4497, 6173, 6987-7009, 7474 and 8419.