Edgar Gaston Furtado Abraham: Papers

Scope and Content

I. Files accumulated by Abraham as an Assistant Secretary to the War Cabinet from January 1918, mainly relating to the Peace Conference of 1919, and containing principally sets of printed or duplicated minutes, memoranda, etc., and nothing of an unofficial or personal nature.

War Cabinet: Eastern Committee (E.C.) Minutes, 28 Mar. 1918 - 7 Jan. 1919.

War Cabinet, E.C. Meetings, Shorthand Notes, 16-30 Dec. 1918. Draft minutes only, the final version being in the previous file.

Supreme War Council Minutes, 7 Nov. 1917 - 4 Nov. 1918.

Supreme War Council Military Representatives, Minutes and Reports, 1 Feb. - 9 Sep. 1919.

International Conference (I.C.) Minutes, nos. 103-199A, 12 Jan. - 28 June 1919, 2 files.

I.C., nos. 103-168, French and English Prints (i.e. a bilingual version of the preceding minutes, which are in English only), 1919.

'I.C. Alphabetical' Minutes (for meetings subsidiary to the main conference), nos.154A-181G, 6 Mar. - 7 May 1919, 3 files.

British Empire Delegation (B.E.D.) Minutes, 13 Jan. - 10 June 1919.

Council of Four (C.F.) Minutes, 8 May - 28 June 1919, 3 files.

Lists of 'Subjects Awaiting Consideration', 1 July - 6 Sep. 1919.

Agenda for Supreme Council Meetings, 28 July - 11 Sep. 1919.

I.C. nos.200-201A, H.D. (Heads of Delegations) nos.1-53., Minutes, 1 July - 15 Sep. 1919, 4 files.

Reports of Commissions, 2 files, arranged alphabetically, A-P and R-Z, 1919.

'Austrian Notes', i.e. communications from the Austrian delegation at the Conference, 2 files, 1919.

Austrian Counter-Proposals, 1919.

Austrian Peace Treaty, 2 Sep. 1919. Printed text of treaty.

'Bulgarian Notes', 1919.

'German Notes and Replies', 1919.

German Observations on the Peace Treaty, 29 May 1919.

Replies to German Counter-Proposals, June 1919.

German Peace Treaty, 28 June 1919. Printed text of treaty and of subsidiary documents.

'Austrian Delegation, Letters re'. Original letters and reports addressed to E. Abraham, 15 May - 8 Sep. 1919.

'German Delegation, Letters re'. Original letters and reports addressed to E. Abraham, 29 Apr. - 1 July 1919.

Report on the Execution of the Military Articles of the Peace Treaty with Germany, 28 June 1920. Printed Cabinet paper (unnumbered).

Loose maps, official and unofficial, illustrating political and ethnic boundaries, mainly in E. Europe and the Balkans, relevant to the Peace Conference, 1919.

Newspapers, magazines and a few posters, relevant to the Peace Conference and its aftermath, 1919.

Proposals of the German Government for the Establishment of a League of Nations, undated. Printed (German and English), 1919.

II. Other papers of E. Abraham.

Journal while on active service in France in the 1914-1918 War. No years are quoted, possibly 1915-1916 or 1916-1917. Pocketbook, with all entries in pencil.

Passport, 1919-1920.

Miscellaneous personal correspondence and papers, 1916 and 1921-1955, sorted into rough chronological order.

III. Correspondence and miscellaneous papers of Admiral George Davies (1800-1876), whose granddaughter Ruth married E. Abraham.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edgar Gaston Furtado Abraham (1880-1955) was educated at St Paul's School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He served in the Indian Civil Service, joining the Punjab Commission in 1904. He was made Assistant Secretary to the War Cabinet in January 1918, and served on the Supreme War Council at Versailles in May 1918. He attended the Supreme Council Peace Conference in 1919-1920. Abraham died on 17 Feb. 1955.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Presented per F.H. Hinsley by Major-General Matthew Abrams, son of Edgar Abraham, 1973.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Abraham in Who Was Who 1951-1960 Vol. V (London, 1967), p. 3.

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