Richard Bourke, 6th Earl of Mayo: Papers
Scope and Contents
The collection consists mainly of official papers from the last phase of Mayo's political career. The papers cover most aspects of policy-making and execution: military, diplomatic and security matters, economic policy, transport and communications, agriculture, famine relief and health, the visit of the Duke of Edinburgh to India during 1869 and 1870, and Mayo's assassination. Some papers also provide insights into the working relationships amongst officials and amongst members of the Viceroy's Council. There is a small amount of personal correspondence relating to Mayo's private and social life in India, to Irish and British affairs, and to his relationships with individuals in Ireland and Britain. Mayo's own work is represented by letters, memoranda, annotations to correspondence and papers, and notes to colleagues in the Government of India. Other principal figures in the central, provincial and native governments are also represented by a considerable quantity of correspondence, memoranda and notes. Many printed papers and published works by government officials and private individuals are included, as well as some items in Indian languages, most of which are illuminated formal addresses.
- Creation: 1868-1872
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 email@example.com. 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).
19 archive box(es) (19 boxes)
18 volume(s) (18 volumes)
Language of Materials
The collection is arranged in two different ways: (1) bundles of loose documents organised according to subject, mixing correspondence and other papers, and grouped as far as possible according to the department of government principally concerned, and (2) bundles and bound volumes of correspondence organised by author, occasionally with other appended papers.
Other Finding Aids
A full catalogue is available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Transferred from the National Library of Ireland, 1953-1954.
Existence and Location of Copies
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