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Archive of Sir Charles Edward Grey (1785-1865) and the Grey family


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The papers of Sir Charles Grey contain a long series of general correspondence; some papers relating to Sir Charles's career as a colonial governor and Indian judge; a few personal papers and some family correspondence of Sir Charles.

The archive also contains the papers of various members of the Grey family from different generations. The papers of Sir Charles's children make up a large part of this section. The remainder of the papers are miscellaneous.


  • Creation: 1642-1934


5.61 Linear metres (51 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 6796, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. c. 6796-818, d. 3377-3384, e. 3303-3322; Photogr. c. 128, fols. 23-26; Janitor's List of Library Portraits and Objects 745-746

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13005


Correspondence and papers of Sir Charles Edward Grey (1785-1865), Indian judge and colonial governor, with correspondence and papers of other members of the Grey family, 17th-20th century.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Charles Edward Grey (1785-1865), Indian judge and colonial governor - see Dictionary of National Biography.

Custodial History

Mrs. B.D. Rennison, a great-grandaughter of Sir Charles, owned the papers and in 1973 asked Surrey Record Office for advice about finding a permanent home for them. This was not decided until 1985 when a list of the papers was prepared by a member of staff from the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts. It was agreed that the Bodleian Library should be approached as a suitable repository because of Sir Charles Grey's connection with the University (as a fellow of Oriel College).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Mrs. B.D. Rennison, 1986.

Separated Materials

Two printed items from the collection have been transfered to Rare Books: Inscriptions from the Waady El Muketteb, (London, 1832) Bodleian reference Vet. A6 c. 109 and A treatise on the cultivation and manufacture of the tobacco plant, (Montego-Bay, Jamaica, 1779) Bodleian reference Vet. KK5 d. 4.

Catalogue of the archive of Sir Charles Edward Grey (1785-1865) and the Grey family, late 17th century - 20th century
Finding aid prepared by Anna Dunn
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom