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Archive of Sir Eyre Crowe


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Sir Eyre's papers consist mainly of correspondence, but also include some printed items, two files relating to Sir Eyre and Lady Crowe's post-war claims concerning their family's German and Rumanian investments, 1920-3, and some personal papers. The letters to his parents and later to his wife, Clema, provide a detailed account of the making of British foreign policy between 1880 and 1924. Crowe's daughter, Sybil Crowe, made extensive use of the papers for her work, Our ablest public servant: Sir Eyre Crowe, 1864-1925 (London, 1993). For further details see the Dictionary of National Biography.


  • Creation: 1880-1925


4.4 Linear metres (40 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. d. 2890, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. c. 6034-6035, d. 2890-2910, e. 3010-3026

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 10360


Correspondence and papers of Sir Eyre Crowe (1864-1925), Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, 1920-5.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Eyre Alexander Barby Wichart Crowe (1864-1925) was Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, 1920-5. He played a major role in the reform of the organization of the Foreign Office in 1906 and served as Minister Plenipotentiary in the British delegation to the Paris Peace Conference in 1919.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers inherited from Sybil Crowe by her nephew, B.L. Crowe, and given by him, 1995.

Catalogue of the archive of Sir Eyre Crowe, 1880-1925
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Conversion to EAD supported by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom