Papers of Emma Alice Margaret (Margot) Asquith, Countess of Oxford and Asquith, 1862-1945

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. c. 6665-6720, c. 6729; d. 3198-3218, d. 3262-3319; e. 3256-7, e. 3280-92; Photogr. c. 120-1, e. 11
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Scope and Content

This collection includes:  

  • Diaries and related papers of Margot Asquith, 1876-1923
  • General and family correspondence of Margot Asquith, 1876-1945
  • Literary papers of Margot Asquith, 1879-1945
  • Personal papers of Margot Asquith, 1872-1943, 1965, n.d.
  • Correspondence and papers of other members of the family, 1862-1941
  • Miscellaneous photographs

Administrative / Biographical History

Emma Alice Margaret (Margot) Asquith (1864-1945) was the wife of Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith (1852-1928), statesman. Further details can be found in the introduction to the online catalogue ( and in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Bodleian Library by Mrs. Priscilla Hodgson, September 1998, except for the letters to Margot Asquith from H.H. Asquith (MSS. Eng. c. 6685-92) which were given by the Trustees of the late Lord Bonham Carter, July 1999. Photocopies from two albums owned by the Trustees were made in the Library, Feb. 2000 (MS. Eng. c. 6729).


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

Other Finding Aids

Alternative Form Available

The diaries are available on microfilm in the Modern Papers Reading Room