Correspondence and Papers of Sir Maurice William Ernest de Bunsen
Political, semi-official, personal and family correspondence and papers of Sir Maurice de Bunsen, consisting of:
- De Bunsen's correspondence and papers, 1852-1932 (making up the bulk of this collection). They fall into two groups: letters written by de Bunsen to his family, and letters written to de Bunsen and his professional and private papers
- Social and family correspondence and papers of Berta Mary de Bunsen (née Lowry-Corry, 1869-1954), c.1890-1945
- Miscellaneous family and other correspondence and papers of Montagu William Lowry-Corry, Lord Rowton (1838-1903), uncle of Berta Mary de Bunsen, private secretary to Disraeli, 1866-81, c.1877-1916
- Diaries, correspondence, sketches etc. of Elizabeth Gurney (d. 1903), mother of Maurice de Bunsen, third daughter of Samuel Gurney of Earlham, married to Ernest Christian Ludwig de Bunsen (d. 1903) of Abbey Lodge, Regent's Park, (he was the second son of Baron von Bunsen, Prussian minister in England, 1841-54), and of her sisters Richenda Cunningham and Sarah Gurney, c.1826-50
Language of Materials
English, French, German, and Spanish
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. De Bunsen Boxes 1].
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Full range of shelfmarks:
De Bunsen Boxes 1-24
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 12138
Biographical / Historical
Sir Maurice William Ernest de Bunsen (1852-1932), baronet, was a diplomat. He entered the British diplomatic service in 1877. Positions he held included Secretary of the British Legation in Tokyo, 1891-94; Chargé d'affaires and Consul General at Bangkok, 1894-97; First Secretary at Constantinople, 1897-1902; at Paris, 1902-5; Minister at Lisbon, 1905-06; Ambassador at Madrid, 1906-13; Ambassador at Vienna, 1913-18. In 1918 he headed a mission to South America. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.
Other Finding Aids
A draft catalogue is available in the Library.
On the death of Sir Maurice de Bunsen in 1932, without male issue, the papers passed to his eldest daughter Hilda, wife of Major-General Sir Guy Salisbury-Jones.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were given to the Library in 1986.
- 19th century
- 20th century
- Bunsen | Berta Mary de | 1869-1954 | nee Lowry-Corry
- Bunsen | Elizabeth de | d. 1903 | nee Gurney
- Bunsen | Sir | Maurice William Ernest de | 1852-1932 | Knight and Diplomat
- Corry | Montagu William Lowry- | 1838-1903 | Baron Rowton | philanthropist
- Diaries -- 19th century
- Diplomatic and consular service, British
- Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 19th century
- Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 20th century
- Correspondence and Papers of Sir Maurice William Ernest de Bunsen
- Emily Tarrant
- Language of description