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Archive of Thomas Ward


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Archive of Thomas Ward, including:

  1. Correspondence of Ward, mainly concerning affairs of state of Lucca and Parma, 1847-58, including letters of Charles Louis, 1847-8
  2. Official papers relating to Lucca and Parma, 1814, 1844-52
  3. Papers relating to the marriage of Charles Ferdinand to Marie Louise de Bourbon, 1845-6, and the return and administration of the confiscated Spanish estates of Charles Louis, 1850
  4. Letters and papers of the Ward family, 1859-80


  • Creation: 1814-1880


4.18 Linear metres (38 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • Italian

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Ital. c. 28, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Ital. c. 28-66

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13453


Archive of Thomas Ward (1809-1858)

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Ward (1809-1858), Baron Ward of the Austrian Empire, was minister to Charles Louis of Bourbon, Duke of Lucca and of Parma, and to his son Charles III, Duke of Parma. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to the Library in 1936.


  • The papers were used by J.P.H. Myers in his Baron Ward and the Dukes of Parma (London, 1938).
Catalogue of the archive of Thomas Ward
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Pauline Soum-Paris
EAD version 2019
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom