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Correspondence and Papers of Sir Maurice William Ernest de Bunsen


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Political, semi-official, personal and family correspondence and papers of Sir Maurice de Bunsen, consisting of:
  1. 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
  2. Social and family correspondence and papers of Berta Mary de Bunsen (née Lowry-Corry, 1869-1954), c.1890-1945
  3. 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
  4. 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


  • [c.1826-1945]


24 shelfmarks

Language of Materials

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish; Castilian

Preferred Citation

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.

Custodial History

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.
Correspondence and Papers of Sir Maurice William Ernest de Bunsen
Emily Tarrant
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom