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Further papers of Lewis Harcourt, 1st Viscount Harcourt, 1884-1922


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The archive comprises: diaries, 1887-1919; letters to his wife Mary Ethel Harcourt, Viscountess Harcourt, 1898-1921; general correspondence, 1884-1921, n.d.; political papers, 1886-1921, n.d.; speeches, 1893-1920, n.d.; correspondence and papers concerning the London Museum, 1910-1922, n.d.; financial and legal papers, 1896-1922, n.d.; miscellaneous, 1891-1922, n.d.; and printed material, 1890-1922, n.d.


  • Creation: 1884-1922


10.0 Linear metres (214 shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark, e.g. MS. Eng. e. 3870].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. b. 2167; c. 8264-8324; d. 4173-4229, d. 4231; e. 3870-3966

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 6231-1


Correspondence and papers of Lewis Harcourt, 1st Viscount Harcourt (1863-1922), Liberal politician.

Biographical / Historical

Lewis ('Loulou') Vernon Harcourt, 1st Viscount Harcourt (1863-1922) was his father Sir William Harcourt's close and constant companion, his mother Marie Therese (nèe Lister) having died when he was born. Following his schooling at Eastbourne and then Eton College, he settled in the role of his father's private secretary until Sir William's death in 1904. Lewis Harcourt was first elected to the House of Commons in March 1904 as the Liberal MP for Rossendale. He twice served as Commissioner of Works, 1905-1910 and 1915-1916, and served as Secretary of State for the Colonies, 1910-1915. He was created Viscount Harcourt in 1917. He married Mary Ethel, daugther of Walter Hayes Burns in July 1899. They had one son William Edward Harcourt, 2nd Viscount Harcourt, and three daughters. (See ODNB for a full biography).


Material in each series is arranged chronologically, with the exception of an alphabetical sub series in the general correspondence series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers remained in the possession of the Harcourt family until their deposit in the Bodleian Library in December 2005. They were allocated under the Acceptance in Lieu of Tax Scheme by H.M. Treasury on 6 March 2008.

Related Materials

For other papers of Lewis Harcourt, 1st Viscount Harcourt, see the Harcourt Papers (MSS. Harcourt 1-751); Additional Harcourt Papers (MSS. Harcourt dep. adds. 1-351); and the Harcourt Estate Papers (MSS. D.D. Harcourt a. 1-10; b. 1-97; c. 1-579; d. 1-115, 117-127; e. 1-53; f. 1-13).

Separated Materials

A collection of First World War ration vouchers has been transferred to the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera.

Catalogue of the further papers of Lewis Harcourt, 1st Viscount Harcourt, 1884-1922
Matthew Neely
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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom