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Archive of of Sir John Crampton


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Correspondence and papers of Crampton mainly relating to:

  1. the United States of America and Anglo-American affairs (including trade between Canada and America, navigation laws, fisheries, copyright, and the recruitment of American citizens for the British army in the Crimea), 1848-1856
  2. Russia, 1858-1861
  3. Spain, 1861, 1868
  4. Personal papers, 1836-1886.

There is no correspondence for the years 1846-1847, and very little apart from bills for the years 1869-1886, but there is a register containing abstracts of Crampton's 'private' letters to and from the Foreign Office, 1852-1868. Also includes a portrait of Crampton as a young man.


  • Creation: 1836-1886


9.00 Linear metres (90 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish; Castilian
  • Russian

Preferred Citation

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

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Crampton 1-94

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12623


Correspondence and papers of Sir John Crampton, diplomat, 1836-1886.

Biographical / Historical

Sir John Crampton (1805-1886) of Bushey Park, Enniskerry, co. Wicklow was a diplomat. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 38167-260.

A catalogue of the collection, with an index, is available in the Library and at the National Register of Archives.

Custodial History

The papers were owned by Miss Selina A. P. Boyle of Bushey Park, and were bequeathed by her to Miss Doreen Boyle.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given to the Library by Miss Doreen Boyle in 1967.

Related Materials

See also Microfilms of the Papers of Sir John Crampton as Ambassador to the United States, (Shelfmark: MSS. Film 582-583).

Archive of Sir John Crampton
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom