Franklin family papers

Scope and Content

The papers include: scrapbooks, one containing documents described in 'Records of the Franklin family', 1764-1935; newspaper accounts of a case at Bow Street magistrates court involving Hugh A.Franklin; pedigree of Ellis Franklin, 1935; a family photograph album and correspondence. Printed material including prayer books and other religious works, orders of service; a volume of poetry composed by Sydney Samuel on the silver wedding of Adelaide and Ellis Franklin, 9 Jul 1881; two copies of Letters and statements addressed by B.A.Franklin to the signators of the recommendation of his appointment as 'administrator general of unrepresented estates' in Jamaica (1873); newspapers, 1793-1828. Papers of Abraham Franklin (1784-1854): documents containing prayers, blessings, biblical extracts, psalms, with a record of family births, marriages and deaths. Papers of Jacob Abraham Franklin (1809-77): copies of The voice of Jacob, 1841-2, 1846-7; scrapbook containing articles by Jacob Franklin, 1853-60 and miscellanea relating to Anglo-Jewish matters, 1840-76. Papers of Benjamin Abraham Franklin (1811-88): diaries, from Jamaica, Manchester, Southampton, Baltimore and Boston, 1836-59; papers relating to his military career, his appointment as Danish consul at Jamaica and JP for Kingston, together with correspondence with his family and about his monument at Annotto Bay, 1840-1926; The Bazaar Gazette, 1868, and newspaper cuttings, 1926, quoting extracts from one of Franklin's diaries. Papers of Ellis Abraham Franklin (1822-1909): 'Sundry compositions', 1834-88; two manuscript volumes of poems by Franklin, c.1842; letters from the editor of the Manchester Grammar School magazine about Franklin's schooldays, and a copy of the magazine, 1892; diaries, 1843 and 1901; passenger lists, 1879; list of presents given to Franklin on his seventieth birthday, 1902; correspondence concerning Franklin's coat of arms, 1904; letters of condolence on Franklin's death and obituary notices, 1909; and a volume containing information about Franklin's estate. Papers of Henry Abraham Franklin (1826-1907): diaries, with political commentary, 1859-61. Papers of Arthur Ellis Franklin (1857-1938): correspondence and papers, 1864-1925, together with further papers and scrapbooks, some relating to Caroline, his wife, and to Chartridge, 1859-1935.

Administrative / Biographical History

General papers of the Franklin family, printed matter and records of members of the family, 1764-1935.

Access Information

The Special Collections Division is available for anyone to use, regardless of whether you are attached to an academic institution. Access to the Archives and Manuscripts and Rare Books reading room, however, is by prior appointment to access the manuscript material. See our website for more details.

Family Names