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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.


  • Creation: 1878-1902

Conditions Governing Access

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Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the collection is available in the Manuscript Reading Room.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Harold Acton, 13 November 1973

Related Materials

Cambridge University Library holds other papers relating to the Lord Acton and the Acton family, MSS.Add.4607-5021, 5347, 5348, 5381-5710, 5751-5776, 6443, 6871, 6872, 7472, 7726-7732, 7892, 8119-8123, 8260, 8261, 8409-8417 and 9616, and MS.Doc.1275. Shropshire Archives holds the Acton of Aldenham papers, some 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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