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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.


  • Creation: 1896-1899


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1 volume(s) (1 volume)

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Full list available in descriptions box in Manuscripts Reading Room.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased 1914.

Related Materials

For further papers of Acton see MSS Add. 4607-5021 (which also includes MSS Add.5347-5348, 5381-5710, 5751-5776, 7726-7732, 7892 and 8409-8417). Cambridge University Library holds other papers relating to Lord Acton and the Acton family, MSS.Add.6871, 6872, 7472, 7956, 8119-8123, 8260, 8261 and 9616, and MS.Doc.1275. Shropshire Archives holds the 'Acton of Aldenham papers', around 1,180 items dating from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, S.R.O. ref. 1093, together with other groups of papers relating to the Acton family.

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