Archive of Roundell Cecil Palmer, 3rd Earl of Selborne
The collection includes correspondence, drawings, photographs, press cuttings and other papers of the 3rd Earl of Selborne; royal and other correspondence of the 2nd Earl of Selborne together with some reports; correspondence and papers of the Countess of Selborne and various other members of the Palmer family.
- Creation: 1849-1968
17.71 Linear metres (161 physical shelfmarks)
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. a. 23, fols. 1-2].
Full range of shelfmarks:
MSS. Eng. hist. a. 23-24, b. 231-236, c. 975-1026, c. 1030-10311, d. 442-457, d. 479-480, e. 338, f. 27-29, g. 25-27; MSS. Eng. lett. c. 454-456, d. 422-433, e. 152; MSS. Eng. misc. c. 685-691, d. 997-998, e. 961-968, f. 561-564; MSS. Selborne adds. 1-37
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 11505
Papers of Roundell Cecil Palmer, 3rd Earl of Selborne and his wife Maud, together with mainly royal correspondence of William Waldegrave Palmer, 2nd Earl of Selborne as well as papers of other members of the Palmer family.
Biographical / Historical
Roundell Cecil Palmer, 3rd Earl of Selborne (1887-1971) was educated at Winchester and University College, Oxford. Until 1941 he was known as Viscount Wolmer. In November 1910, at the comparatively early age of 23, he entered Parliament as the Conservative M.P. for Newton, Lancashire. From 1918 to 1940 he was M.P. for Aldershot. In 1941 he was called to the House of Lords in his father's barony of Selborne. He succeeded to the earldom in 1942.
Lord Selborne served in the First World War with the 3rd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Between 1916 and 1918 he was Assistant Director of the War Trade Department. During the inter-war years Lord Selborne was Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade (October 1922-January 1924) and Assistant Post Master General (November 1924-June 1929). From 1940 to 1942 he was Director of Cement, Ministry of Works and Building. In 1943 Churchill appointed him Minister of Economic Warfare, with political responsibility for the Special Operations Executive (SOE).
Lord Selborne was a major lay figure in British church affairs. From 1955 to 1959 he was Chairman of the House of Laity, Church Assembly, of which he had been a member since 1920. Between 1949 and 1961 he was President of the Church Army. For further details see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection, which was given to the Bodleian Library in 1973 and 1979 by Lord Selborne's grandson and heir. The bulk of the papers of the 2nd Earl (MSS. Selborne 1-235) were given to the Library in 1970 and are described in a separate catalogue.
- Davidson | Randall Thomas | 1848-1930 | Baron Davidson | Archbishop of Canterbury (Person)
- Fawkes | Sir | Wilmot Hawksworth | 1846-1926 | Knight | Admiral (Person)
- Grey | Charles Robert | 1879-1963 | 5th Earl Grey (Person)
- Gubbins | Sir | Colin Mcvean | 1896-1976 | Knight | Major General (Person)
- Knollys | Francis | 1837-1924 | 1st Viscount Knollys (Person)
- Palmer | Roundell Cecil | 1887-1971 | 3rd Earl of Selborne | politician (Person)
- Palmer | William Waldegrave | 1859-1942 | 2nd Earl of Selborne | statesman (Person)
- Palmer | Lady Beatrix Maud | d 1950 | nee Gascoyne-Cecil | wife of 2nd Earl of Selborne (Person)
- Conservative Party (Organisation)
- Catalogue of the archive of Roundell Cecil Palmer, 3rd Earl of Selborne
- Helen Langley
- 1978, EAD version 2008
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Conversion to EAD supported by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation