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Papers of Augustine Birrell as Chief Secretary for Ireland


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The collection consists of correspondence, dated 1912-1916, and memoranda during Birrell's period of office as Chief Secretary for Ireland, 1907-1916. Some photographs of, and relating to, Birrell during and shortly after that period, were added.


  • 1907-1918


0.66 Linear metres (6 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Papers formerly Dep. c. 299-303 with restricted access. Restrictions removed Sept. 2002.

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7033, fols. 1-2].
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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. c. 7033-7037; MS. Photogr. 43

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 11870; 11901


Correspondence of Augustine Birrell (1850-1933) as Chief Secretary for Ireland, 1907-1916.

Biographical / Historical

Augustine Birrell (1850-1933) was a Liberal politician and an author. He held the post of Chief Secretary for Ireland, 1907-1916, resigning after the 1916 Easter Rising. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers deposited by Mr. J.C. Medley, 1969; given by his executors, 2002. Photographs donated by Susie Medley, 2015.

Related Materials

See also the papers of Sir Matthew Nathan, Under Secretary for Ireland 1914-1916 (MSS. Nathan 1-671), including letters from Birrell (MS. Nathan 449).
Catalogue of the papers of Augustine Birrell as Chief Secretary for Ireland, 1907-16
Language of description
Conversion to EAD supported by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Revision Statements

  • 2016: MS. Photogr. a. 43 added to catalogue.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom