Blennerhassett Papers

Scope and Content

Personal papers, correspondence, notes, drafts and writings of Charlotte Lady Blennerhassett, chiefly, and her husband, Sir Rowland Blennerhassett. This includes a series of Lady Blennerhassett's working notebooks, collections of reviews and her correspondence with family members, friends and prominent individuals including Ignaz von Dollinger, Lord Acton, Franz Xaver Kraus and members of the German nobility. Sir Rowland Blennerhassett's papers include copies of his speeches, political essays, lecture notes and material gathered for his obituary.


The system of arrangement does not reflect archival order. Many of the bundles have been retained as found - the material was presumably gathered together and labelled by Charlotte Lady Blennerhassett or by one of her relatives. No attempt has been made to sort or re-order material. For details of the deposit and original numbering, see MS Butterfield 468.

Access Information

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Acquisition Information

Transferred to the University Library, Cambridge, by Lady Galway [Marie Carola Franciska Roselyne Galway, nee Blennerhassett] and Captain Willy Blennerhassett, 7 Sept. 1953.

Other Finding Aids

A handwritten finding list is available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

A catalogue of the collection can be found on ArchiveSearch.

Related Material

Records held by the Department of Archives and Modern Manuscripts, University of Cambridge: - Personal and family papers of John Acton, 1st Baron Acton, MS Add.8119-8123, including correspondence of Charlotte Lady Blennerhassett - Papers of Sir Herbert Butterfield, notes from and report on the Blennerhassett Papers, Cambridge University Library, MS Butterfield 468

Records held by the University of St Andrews Special Collections: - Papers of Wilfrid Ward, letters of Rowland and Charlotte Blennerhassett, ms38347-38348, ms38469 and ms38508

Victor Conzemius (ed), 'Ignaz von Dollinger Briefwechsel mit Lady Blennerhassett, 1865-1886' (CH Beck, Munich, 1981)