Further papers of Lewis Harcourt, 1st Viscount Harcourt, 1884-1922
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.
10.0 Linear metres (214 shelfmarks)
Language of Materials
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.
A collection of First World War ration vouchers has been transferred to the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera.
- 19th century
- 20th century
- Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 20th century
- Harcourt | Lewis Vernon | 1863-1922 | 1st Viscount Harcourt | politician
- Liberal Party (Great Britain) -- History -- 19th century
- Liberal Party (Great Britain) -- History -- 20th century
- Suffragists -- Great Britain -- History
- Women -- Suffrage -- Great Britain -- History
- World War, 1914-1918
- World War, 1914-1918 -- Political aspects
- Catalogue of the further papers of Lewis Harcourt, 1st Viscount Harcourt, 1884-1922
- Finding aid prepared by Matthew Neely
- Language of description