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Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)AC5/1/1-764
TitleCorrespondence from Austen Chamberlain to Hilda and Ida Chamberlain
Extentapprox. 771 items (7 boxes)
Date1892-1937
DescriptionManuscript and typescript letters; arranged chronologically; mainly from Austen Chamberlain to Hilda and Ida Chamberlain [half-sisters of Austen Chamberlain]; some correspondence of others, miscellanea, etc.; relating to domestic and family topics: birth of Lawrence Endicott Chamberlain [son of Austen Chamberlain], 1917, selling of Highbury to Trustees for use as a hospital for old soldiers, death of Beatrice Chamberlain [sister of Austen Chamberlain], 1918 and memorial, purchase of Twitts' Ghyll [Chamberlain's country home], 1919, death of Mrs. Ellen Endicott [nee Peabody; mother of Mary Carnegie], 1927, illness of Austen Chamberlain, 1928, Highbury, 1931 and 1934, engagement of Diane Chamberlain [Beatrice Diane Maxwell [nee Chamberlain], daughter of Austen Chamberlain], 1934, and marriage, 1935, birth of Sylvia Valerie Maxwell [grand-daughter of Austen Chamberlain], purchase of Egerton Terrace house, death of Canon Carnegie [husband of Mary Carnegie], 1936; political topics, including: Neville Chamberlain [Rt. Hon. Arthur Neville; half-brother of Austen Chamberlain; elected to City Council, 1911; Lord Mayor of Birmingham, 1915; established only municipal savings bank, 1916; appointed director-general of National Service by Lloyd George (1916), resigned, 1917; Conservative MP for a Birmingham division, 1918-40; while in opposition (1920-31) reorganized Conservative Central Office; postmaster-general, 1922; Minister of Health in 1923 and 1924-29; Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1931-1937] appointed to office in War Cabinet, 1916, outbreak of Russian Revolution, offer of G. C. B. E. to Neville Chamberlain [declined], Austen Chamberlain's resignation of office [Secretary of State for India], 1917 and appointment to War Cabinet, death of Norman Chamberlain [paternal cousin of Austen Chamberlain] and memorial service, railway strike, women's vote, 1918, attempt to assassinate Clemenceau, adoption of Colonial Preference by the House of Commons, 1919, Irish and Polish situations, coal strike, Austen Chamberlain as Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1919-1921, Austen Chamberlain offered Viceroyalty of India [declined], 1920, Austen Chamberlain as Leader of the House and Lord Privy Seal, 1921-1922, murder of [Field-Marshal Sir] Henry [Hughes] Wilson [Various political and military offices], 1922, Neville Chamberlain appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1923, Austen Chamberlain as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, 1924-29, the Locarno Conference and Treaty, Austen Chamberlain made Knight of the Garter, 1925, and awarded Nobel Peace Prize, attempt to assassinate Mussolini, Russo-German Treaty, coal strike, Polish revolution, 1926, situations in China and in Egypt, 1926-28, relations with Soviet Union, Prayer Book issue, 1927, Austen Chamberlain in opposition, 1928-29, General Strike, General Election, 1929, Protectionist and Imperial movements in Labour Party, Education Bill, 1930, situation in India, 1930-31, overthrow of King Alfonso in Spain, Budget, Insurance Report, Austen Chamberlain as First Lord of the Admiralty [and resignation of post], elections, 1931, Neville Chamberlain given Freedom of City, death of Briand, Disarmament, 1932, Joint Committee on India, Economic Conference, 1933, Neville Chamberlain as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Austen Chamberlain as back-bench critic, 1931-37, murder of Dollfuss, death of Barthon and Poincare, Declaration Committee, India Report, 1934, India Bill, elections, 1935, friendship with Mussolini, League of Nations Union meetings, prelude to World War II, etc.; miscellaneous topics including gardening, travel, theatre, art, books, biography of Joseph Chamberlain [Rt. Hon. Joseph Austin; father of Austen Chamberlain], Austen Chamberlain given honorary degree from Sheffield University, 1926, portrait hung in Cordwainers' Hall, 1927, Italian Art Exhibition [organized by Ivy Chamberlain, nee Dundas, wife of Austen Chamberlain], 1929, American lecture series, 1931-32, School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 1933, honorary degree from London University, Post-Graduate Medical School, Austen Chamberlain's first radio broadcast, 1934, portrait painted by Rothenstein, launch of H. M. S. Birmingham [by Ivy Chamberlain], Art and Travel Associations Exhibition [organized by Ivy Chamberlain], honorary degree from University of Lyons, 1936, Austen Chamberlain's publications, current events, including Lindbergh case, 1932, death of King George V, Abdication of King Edward VIII, 1936, etc.
Includes: newspaper cuttings: /19 Beatrice Chamberlain's speech to Bradfield school students, /60 hostility toward the Prime Minister and his administration, /72-/79 Austen Chamberlain's appt. to War Cabinet, /145, /155, /157, /162-/163 Budget, /200, /262-/263, /273-/275, /280, /326 women MP's, etc., /431 Austen Chamberlain receiving Livre d'Or in France at l'Hotel de Ville, /622 biography of Joseph Chamberlain; and correspondence: /644-45, /648-49, /678, /689 contain references to Chamberlain family ancestry; /763-64 letters from Austen Chamberlain relating to travels and sisal-growing scheme in the Bahamas, 1892
Access StatusOpen
Physical Descriptionnumber /476 was assigned to two different letters which are now /476a and /476b; number /492 was assigned to two different letters which are now /492a and /492b; number /508 was assigned to three different letters which are now /508a, /508b, and /508c; number /520 was assigned to two different letters which are now /520a and /520b; number /602 was assigned to two different letters which are now /602a and /602b; number /614 was assigned to two different letters which are now /614a and /614b; there is no number /753; number /760 was assigned to two different letters which are now /760a and /760b; /5 is incomplete; /722 and /756 are missing pages; /422-23 are picture postcards; /19, /60, /72-/79, /145, /155, /157, /162, /163, /200, /262, /263, /273, /274, /275, /280, /326, /431, /622 are newspaper cuttings; many letters are detached or are becoming detached from mountings; /337 is torn;

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