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Family correspondence, 1870 - 1921

Reference Code: GBR/0014/FISR 2

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The collection held at Churchill Archives Centre includes: official and family correspondence; correspondence about Fisher and his biography collected by Nina, Duchess of Hamilton; papers on naval subjects; material relating to the Oil Commission; material relating to the Board of Invention and Research; printed material: Admiralty, Committee of Imperial Defence, Cabinet and White Papers; material intended for Fisher's printed works, personal notes, papers and albums; letters to newspapers, printed proofs and printed works; press cuttings; photographs; miscellaneous material; material collected by 2nd Lord Fisher about his father; letters from Fisher to George Lambert and material collected by Lambert as Fisher's literary executor.

The collection has close connections with the career of Sir Winston Churchill and includes personal correspondence and official papers involving Sir Winston. There are numerous papers relating to the disastrous Dardanelles Campaign over which Fisher resigned as 1st Sea Lord. There are also fascinating papers illustrating advances in gunnery and torpedoes for which Fisher was largely responsible in the 1880s, and important material relating to his development after 1900 of a reformed system of officer selection and training and his involvement in the design of the Dreadnought class of battleship.


  • 1870 - 1921

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.


1.5 archive box(es)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

A more detailed printed catalogue of the material in this section, listing the name of each correspondent, is available at Churchill Archives Centre.

Related Materials

See also family correspondence in FISR 15/1.

Finding aid date

2005-12-12 11:16:28.983000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
Churchill College
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0DS United Kingdom
+44 (0)1223 336087