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Archive of Sir Edmund Monson, 1st Baronet


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Several groups of Monson's papers were acquired by the Library, 1972-93. On the creation of this electronic version of the catalogue, the opportunity has been taken to incorporate the descriptions of these papers.

The papers acquired from the 11th Baron Monson (MSS. Eng. hist. b. 243, c. 1161-1290) were formerly arranged in bundles (some wrapped in newspapers of 1904-8), and grouped in boxes and trunks according to Monson's various posts. This arrangement has been followed for the general correspondence, bills and business papers, as follows: 1881-4, Uruguay and Argentina; 1884-8, Denmark; 1888-92, Greece; 1892-3, Belgium; 1893, London; 1893-6, Austria-Hungary, and 1896-1904, France. Within each of these groups, the general correspondence is arranged alphabetically in one sequence (with unidentified correspondents at the end), and is followed by bills and business papers in a second alphabetical sequence. These groups are followed by letters from Monson's brother, William, 7th Baron Monson (created Viscount Oxenbridge, 1886), 1882-98; letters from Monson's wife, Eleanor ('Elaine'), née Munro, 1884-1903; other family letters to Monson, and miscellaneous papers.

Some printed items have been transferred to the Department of Printed Books, and a few items to the John Johnson collection; (Monson's?) spectacles (J. J. artefacts: patent medicines: 7); two packets of Suchard chocolate (J. J. artefacts: food: A1: chocolate and chocolate boxes) - see MS. Eng. hist. c. 1288, fol. 67, for covering note; two packets of Danish playing cards (J. J. playing cards 4).


  • Creation: 1841-1908


1.46 Linear metres (165 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Don. c. 154, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Don. c. 154, d. 178-9; Eng. c. 5372-3; Eng. hist. b. 243, c. 589-95, c. 1161-1290, d. 358, e. 341-2; Photogr. c. 4, fols. 95-112

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 9802, 15521, 15522, 15524, 15525


Papers of Sir Edmund Monson, 1st Baronet (1834-1909), mainly relating to his diplomatic service in Denmark, Greece, Austria-Hungary and France, 1884-1904, with papers relating to other diplomatic postings, and family correspondence, 1841-1908.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Edmund John Monson, 1st baronet (1834–1909) was a diplomat. He served as British Ambassador to France, 1896-1905. See Oxford Dictionary of National Biography for further details.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

MSS. Eng. hist. b. 243, c. 1161-1290 were bought from John, 11th Baron Monson, 1987; MSS. Eng. hist. c. 589-95, d. 358 were purchased in 1972; MSS. Eng. hist. e. 341-2 were purchased in 1978; MSS. Don. c. 154, d. 178-9, were given by John Wilson (Autographs) Ltd. through FOB, Sept. 1982; MSS. Eng. c. 5372-3 were given by John Wilson, 1993.

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom