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Acton, John Emerich Edward Dalberg, 1834-1902 (1st Baron Acton and historian)

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Dates

  • Existence: 1834-1902

John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton (1834-1902), 1st Baron Acton, historian, was born in Naples on 10 January 1834. His father was Sir Ferdinand Richard Acton (1801-1837), 7th Baronet, son of John Francis Edward Acton. His mother was Countess Marie Dalberg (d. 1860), heiress to one of the oldest of the German noble houses, who in 1840 married Granville George Leveson-Gower (1815-1891), 2nd Earl Granville. Acton studied in Munich under the church historian Ignaz von Döllinger. In 1859 he became the Liberal M.P. for the Irish constituency of Carlow, and in 1869 he accepted a peerage. During this time, Acton acquired The rambler, and developed it as a liberal Catholic journal dedicated to discussing social, political and theological matters. The journal closed in 1864, and Acton began work on a 'History of the papacy during the last three centuries'. For this purpose he moved to the continent and carried out research in libraries and archives. During 1869-1870, he attended the first Vatican Council in Rome. Acton was forced to abandon his papal history in the late 1870s, largely because of the problems he faced in acquiring the evidence he required in Italy. He turned to a new project, 'The history of freedom', which he worked on while living on the continent. In 1895 he was appointed Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University. He gave lectures on the French Revolution and modern history, and was chiefly responsible for organising the Cambridge modern history. Acton died at Tegernsee, Bavaria, on 19 June 1902.

Found in 37 Collections and/or Records:

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1st Baron Acton: letters to John Long Scott, 1875-1877

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9750/256-261
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: Comprises single items or small collections, chiefly correspondence, donated to or purchased by Cambridge University Library. Together with a number of items and fragments found in Cambridge University Library books and bindings.
Dates: 1875-1877
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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1st Baron Acton: papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9616
Dates: c.1850-1890
Conditions Governing Access: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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1st Lord Acton: Historical notes and transcripts

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8260
Scope and Contents Includes:Bundles of bibliographic reference cardsBundles of notes, including one marked 'heresies'Volume 'Letters and Essays in prose and verse' by Richard Sharp (1759-1835) [Q.23.9 in Rare Books], missing coverPamphlet 'Lord Acton on Nationality and Socialism, two lectures given in August 1949 at the Oxford University tutorial classes committee summer school at Lady Margaret Hall with an appendix on Burke based on the Acton Manuscripts' by G. E. Fasnacht, 1949...
Dates: 1800 (19th century)
Conditions Governing Access: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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1st Lord Acton: Notes and lectures

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9706
Scope and Contents 1 folder contains flashcards, the rest contain pages removed from notebooks. The latter are paginated, and some have headings in Roman numerals, assumedly dividing different lectures. Accompanying titles include 'The Tennis Court Oath', 'Napoleon' and 'Madame Roland'.
Dates: 1890-1899 (1890s)
Conditions Governing Access: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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1st Lord Acton: Notes for intended chapter I of ''Cambridge Modern History''

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8261
Scope and Contents Includes bibliographic references
Dates: 1800 (19th century)
Conditions Governing Access: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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1ST LORD ACTON to H.M. BUTLER, 1896-1897

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7339/1-4
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: Many relating to Cambridge University and Cambridge University Library.
Dates: 1896-1897
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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ACTON

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7339/5
Scope and Contents A book account with Williams & Norgate, London
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Catalogue of Lord Acton's Library at Aldenham: Vol. 1

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8409
Dates: 1892
Conditions Governing Access: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Catalogue of Lord Acton's Library at Aldenham: Vol. 2

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8410
Dates: 1892
Conditions Governing Access: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Catalogue of Lord Acton's Library at Aldenham: Vol. 3

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8411
Dates: 1892
Conditions Governing Access: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Catalogue of Lord Acton's Library at Aldenham: Vol. 4

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8412
Dates: 1892
Conditions Governing Access: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Catalogue of Lord Acton's Library at Aldenham: Vol. 5

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8413
Dates: 1892
Conditions Governing Access: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Catalogue of Lord Acton's Library at Aldenham: Vol. 6

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8414
Dates: 1892
Conditions Governing Access: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Catalogue of Lord Acton's Library at Aldenham: Vol. 7

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8415
Dates: 1892
Conditions Governing Access: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Catalogue of Lord Acton's Library at Aldenham: Vol. 8

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8416
Dates: c.1890
Conditions Governing Access: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Catalogue of Lord Acton's Library at Aldenham: Vol. 9

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8417
Dates: 1892
Conditions Governing Access: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Correspondence of Professor Henry Jackson concerning the Acton Library

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7720
Scope and Contents In 1890 Lord Acton, whose financial affairs were in a state of some embarrassment, decided to sell his vast historical library at auction, and the first part of what was to have been a many-volumed catalogue was issued by Messrs Puttick & Simpson, containing 2,400 lots to be sold on eight days in July. Before this sale took place, Andrew Carnegie had (at the suggestion of Acton's friend and political mentor Gladstone) purchased the entire library, and allowed Acton to retain possession of...
Dates: 1902-1903
Conditions Governing Access: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Diary of Lord Acton

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7727
Scope and Contents Diaries at Rome 22 Nov. - end Dec. 1869. Vol. 1
Dates: 1869
Conditions Governing Access: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Diary of Lord Acton, February

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7726
Scope and Contents Diary kept in London
Dates: 1866
Conditions Governing Access: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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First Lord Acton: Letters to his daughter Mary

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7956
Scope and Contents Letters from Lord Acton to his daughter 'Mamy' (Mary Elizabeth Anne Acton), 283 items, many accompanied by the original envelopes. There are two incomplete sets of typed transcripts of the letters with the collection.
Dates: 1878-1902
Conditions Governing Access: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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John, 1st Baron Acton: Letters to him concerning the Cambridge Modern History

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.6443
Scope and Contents A collection of letters to Lord Acton, nearly all relating to the Cambridge Modern History. The principal correspondent is his co-editor W.A.J. Archbold; the remainder are for the most part potential or actual contributors to the History, replying to Acton's invitations to take part or writing about their contributions. Appended are a further letter of A.W. Ward, 1914, and one of Herbert Butterfield, 1964, relating to the collection, and a few miscellaneous papers. 291 items.
Dates: 1896-1899
Conditions Governing Access: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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John Acton, 1st Baron Acton: Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4607-5021
Scope and Contents 1. Family papers The papers contain material relating to the Actons of Naples: Commodore John Acton, his nephew J.F.E. Acton and H. Acton, a midshipman; material concerning the Dalberg family, particularly the family property on the Rhine, at Herrnsheim; a few manuscripts relating to Lord Granville; and the 1st Lord Acton's personal papers, including those covering his early years, his parliamentary career and interest in Ireland, relations with his family, and the period of his life spent in...
Dates: c. 1650 - 1900
Conditions Governing Access: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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John Acton, 1st Baron Acton: Personal and Family Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8119-8123
Scope and Contents A large part of the collection consists of correspondence with British, Continental and North American correspondents, notably Ignaz von Döllinger, Richard Simpson and Thomas Frederick Wetherell. Other correspondents include W. E. Gladstone and his family, J. H. Newman and many of the bishops associated with the minority at the First Vatican Council. There are also large groups of letters sent between Acton's immediate ancestors, and between Acton and his own family. In addition to...
Dates: 1600-1970 (circa)
Conditions Governing Access: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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John Arthur Douglas Bloomfield, 2nd Baron Bloomfield: Letter to 1st Lord Acton

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4251/112
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: Artificial collection of single item or small collection accessions. Mainly correspondence but includes other papers.
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton: Letter to Richard Maximilian Dalberg-Acton, 2nd Lord Acton, 1891

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4251/8
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: Artificial collection of single item or small collection accessions. Mainly correspondence but includes other papers.
Dates: 1891
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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