Archive of William Waldegrave Palmer, 2nd Earl of Selborne
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.
25.85 Linear metres (241 physical shelfmarks)
Language of Materials
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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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
- Language of description
- Conversion to EAD supported by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation