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Archive of William Waldegrave Palmer, 2nd Earl of Selborne


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The archive comprises: special correspondence, 1883-1941; correspondence and memoranda, 1885-1942; general correspondence, 1883-1941; personal and family correspondence, 1859-1950; printed government papers, 1899-1916, official papers, 1899-1906; official papers, chronologically arranged, relating to measures in which Lord Selborne was particularly interested, 1896-1938; non-Official Printed Material, 1886-1960; miscellaneous, 19th-20th cent.; and family papers, 1810-1906.


  • Creation: 1810-1960


25.85 Linear metres (241 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Selborne 1-235

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 11504


Papers of William Waldegrave Palmer, second earl of Selborne (1859-1942), 19th-20th century.

Biographical / Historical

William Waldegrave Palmer, second earl of Selborne (1859-1942), was Liberal Unionist Chief Whip, Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies, 1895-1900, First Lord of the Admiralty, 1900-1905, High Commissioner and Governor General for South Africa, 1905-10, and President of the Board of Agriculture, 1915-16. For further details see Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to the Bodleian Library in 1970 by the then viscount Wolmer, later the fourth earl of Selborne. They include papers of the 2nd earl's uncle, the Reverend Edwin Palmer, relating to his execution of the wills of various members of the family.

Catalogue of the archive of William Waldegrave Palmer, 2nd Earl of Selborne, 19th-20th cent.
D. G. Boyce
1974, EAD version 2011
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Conversion to EAD supported by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom