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Archive of Sir Alfred Zimmern


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Archive and correspondence of Zimmern, mainly relating to his work for international peace, including papers concerning the League of Nations, UNESCO, Zimmern's Geneva School of International Studies, the Hartford (Connecticut) Study Center, and the Greater Hartford Council for UNESCO, with lectures, articles and broadcasts by Zimmern, and printed pamphlets and periodicals containing articles by him.


  • Creation: 1883-1962


20.24 Linear metres (184 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • French

Preferred Citation

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

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Zimmern 1-183, Zimmern Adds. 1

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12130, 12131


Archive of Sir Alfred Zimmern, 1883-1962.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Alfred Zimmern (1879-1957) was an internationalist and political scientist. He was educated at New College, Oxford, where he remained after graduation as lecturer in ancient history, and from 1904 to 1909 as fellow and tutor. In 1926–1930 he was deputy director of the League of Nations' Institute of Intellectual Co-operation (the forerunner of UNESCO) in Paris. In 1930 Zimmern was appointed the first Montague Burton professor of international relations at Oxford and in 1936 he published The League of Nations and the Rule of Law, and was knighted shortly afterwards. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The archive was given to the Library by Zimmern's step-daughter Edith Stonequist and her husband E.V. Stonequist, 1969-1979. The additional papers were found in New College, Oxford, and transferred to the Library in 1998.

Related Materials

Further papers of and relating to Sir Alfred Zimmern, not forming part of this collection, can be found in

  1. MS. Eng. d. 2028, fols. 1-2: printed items from the papers of Sir Alfred Zimmern
  2. MSS. Facs. c. 118-119: facsimiles of the correspondence of Sir Alfred Zimmern and of Lord Eustace Percy
Catalogue of the archive of Sir Alfred Zimmern
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2020 by Pauline Soum-Paris and Gemma Kennish Persello
EAD version 2020
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom