Harcourt Additional Papers

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      GB 161 MSS. Harcourt dep. adds. 1-351
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Scope and Content

The Harcourt Additional Papers consist of:  

  • Papers of Sir William Harcourt, 1805-1929, including correspondence, printed material, speeches, commonplace books, newscuttings, and photographs
  • Family papers of Lewis Harcourt, 1871-1922
  • Correspondence and papers of Mary Harcourt, 1776-1950
  • Correspondence of Edward Harcourt, 1842-91

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir William George Granville Venables Vernon Harcourt (1827-1904) entered Parliament as Liberal member for Oxford in 1868 and from that date devoted himself to politics. He was Home Secretary 1880-5, and Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1886 and 1892-5. Lewis, 1st Viscourt Harcount (1863-1922) was Sir William's son. He was First Commissioner of Works, 1905-10 and 1915-16, and Secretary of State for the Colonies, 1910-15. He married Mary Ethel, daughter of Walter Hayes Burns, in 1899. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography. Edward Harcourt (1825-1891) was Sir William's older brother.

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Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Library 1984-6.


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

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Related Material

See also Papers of Sir William Harcourt (1827-1904) and Lewis, 1st Viscount Harcourt (1863-1922), 1833-1922, and Harcourt Estate Papers.