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Lord Randolph Churchill: Correspondence and Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9248

Scope and Contents

Political and personal correspondence, including letters from most leading political figures of the time, Joseph Chamberlain, the Lord Justice Gerald Fitzgibbon, Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, third Marquis of Salisbury, and Sir Henry Drummond Wolff. The correspondence with Gerald Fitzgibbon sheds much light on Churchill's own career. Comprises letters written to Churchill by political and personal associates, and copies of letters written by him, covering the period 1870 - 1895, particularly covering the periods immediately preceding and following the Home Rule Bill of 1886.

The current catalogue is based on the original handwritten catalogue produced by Blenheim Palace Library, the date of which is unknown but may derive from the early 20th century. The online catalogue has not been substantially updated and, as such, may contain language and descriptions which are outdated, inaccurate or inappropriate, particularly the spelling of place names in India, Burma, Egypt and other British colonies, and the use of the terms 'native', 'natives' or 'native administration' to refer to Indian peoples and the structure of colonial administration.


  • Creation: 1870-1894


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 Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (


31 volume(s) (31 volumes)

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The collection is arranged and numbered in chronological order. An indication of the primary subject of each letter is given in the catalogue, but these notes are by no means comprehensive, since in most of the letters subjects are mixed too inextricably to permit full subject indexing.

Other Finding Aids

There is a subject index of the correspondence included with the collection. Please ask at the desk in the Manuscripts Reading Room or email for details.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was formerly in Blenheim Palace Library. It was purchased by the Library in 1994.

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Repository Details

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