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Archive of John Sankey, Viscount Sankey of Moreton


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Sankey's papers consist of:

  1. General correspondence and papers, 1885-1948
  2. Letters of congratulation
  3. Indian papers
  4. Speeches
  5. Diaries
  6. Miscellaneous papers.


  • Creation: 1885-1948


14.7 Linear metres (147 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark, e.g. MS. Eng. Hist. c. 502, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. hist. a. 19, c. 502-56, d. 313-40, e. 242-303, f. 21

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12597


Archive of the papers of John Sankey, Viscount Sankey of Moreton

Biographical / Historical

John Sankey, Viscount Sankey of Moreton (1866-1948), became a judge in the King's Bench division and later in the Court of Appeal and was Lord Chancellor from 1929 to 1935. He was chairman, in 1915, of the Home Office aliens advisory committee, in 1919 of the coal industry commission and, during his Lord Chancellorship, of the inter-imperial relations committee of the imperial conference and the federal structure committee of the Indian Round Table Conference. His papers are particularly informative about certain aspects of his Lord Chancellorship, especially his part in the Indian Round Table Conference, and they contain a certain amount of interesting general political material. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Custodial History

The papers were previously in the possession of Messrs. Freeman and Son, of 30A St.George Street, Hanover Square, London, W.1., the executors of the estate of Miss Edith Sankey, Lord Sankey's sister.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were transferred to the Bodleian Library in 1972.

Catalogue of the archive of John Sankey, Viscount Sankey of Moreton
Finding aid prepared by P.J. Bull
1973, 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