Papers of Sir Edmund Frederick Du Cane and Family

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. hist. c. 647-50; Eng. lett. c. 313, d. 334-5; Eng. misc. b. 113-14, g. 78
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Scope and Content

Papers of Du Cane and his family, including:  

  • Family correspondence, 1838-1903
  • Papers concerning Du Cane's education and early career, 1837-1903
  • Miscellaneous papers of the Du Cane family, 1812, 1887-1910
  • Pocket book of geometry exercises, 1844-6
  • Official correspondence and papers of Du Cane as chairman of the board of directors of convict prisons and chairman of the prison commissioners, 1869-95

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Edmund Frederick Du Cane (1830-1903), Major General, was a prison reformer. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library in 1973.


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

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 40036-45.

A fuller description and detailed index are available in the Library and at the National Register of Archives

Related Material

See also Papers of Sir Edmund F. Du Cane (MSS. Eng. misc. d. 956-8, d. 961).