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Archive of Sir Matthew Nathan


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The papers are arranged chronologically in the following sections corresponding to Nathan's career:

  1. Diaries, 1881-1939.
  2. Notebooks, 1876-1939.
  3. Private correspondence, 1868-1939.
  4. Royal Engineers' School, Chatham, 1880-4.
  5. Sudan Expedition, 1884-5.
  6. Lushai Expedition, 1889-94.
  7. Royal Engineers, 1894-5.
  8. Colonial Defence Committee, 1896-8.
  9. Governor of Sierra Leone, 1899-1900.
  10. Governor of the Gold Coast, 1900-3.
  11. Governor of Hong Kong, 1903-7.
  12. Governor of Natal, 1907-9.
  13. Secretary to the General Post Office.
  14. Pacific Cable Board, 1910-15.
  15. Chairman of the Board of Inland Revenue, 1911-14.
  16. Committee on the transfer of stamp manufacture and distribution, 1911-14.
  17. Royal Commission on the Civil Service, 1912.
  18. Committee on Crown Employment, 1912-13.
  19. Inland Revenue vote, 1913.
  20. Committee on the Civil Employment of ex-soldiers, 1914-19.
  21. Under-secretary for Ireland, 1914-16.
  22. London Defences, 1916.
  23. Secretary to the Ministry of Pensions, 1916-19.
  24. Special Grants Committee, 1917-20.
  25. Overseas Settlement Committee, 1919-20.
  26. Governor of Queensland, 1920-25.
  27. Committee on Geophysical Surveying, 1927-8.
  28. Advisory Committee on Rubber, 1926-8.
  29. Commission on the constitution of Ceylon, 1927-8.
  30. Civil Research Committee and the Great Barrier Reef Expedition, 1925-38.
  31. The City of Westminster Health Society, 1921-30.
  32. Irrigation Research Committee, 1928-30.
  33. Miscellaneous papers.


  • Creation: 1868-1939


67.1 Linear metres (671 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Conditions Governing Access note

Some private correspondence is reserved from use and has consequently been omitted from the catalogue

Preferred Citation note

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark e.g. MS. Nathan 1]

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Nathan 1-671

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 9407


Papers corresponding to the career of Sir Matthew Nathan (1862-1939), soldier and civil servant

Biographical History

Sir Matthew Nathan (1862-1939) was a soldier and civil servant. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography

Arrangement note

The papers are arranged chronologically in sections corresponding to the career of Sir Matthew Nathan

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Given in 1961 by Mr. E. J. Nathan

Catalogues of the archive of Sir Matthew Nathan
1961; revised 2004, EAD version 2017
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom