Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)JCLAdd
TitleLetters Additional of Joseph Chamberlain
Extent630 items
DescriptionArtificial collection of letters and other papers of, and relating to, Joseph Chamberlain (1836-1914), statesman
ArrangementThis collection is catalogued at item or file level and the individual documents are numbered in a single numerical sequence which reflects the order in which they were acquired. The items in this collection are mounted in fascicules and stored in custom made boxes
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered researchers
Finding AidsA catalogue of this collection is available on the online archive catalogue. Click on the Finding Number to display the summary contents list of the catalogue and to view the full catalogue, or view the catalogue as a PDF file by clicking in the document field below (pdf complete up to JCLAdd/627). A paper copy is also available in the Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections Department (complete up to JCLAdd/627).
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryJoseph Chamberlain was born in 1836; he was educated at University College School, and at the age of sixteen moved from London to Birmingham to join his uncle's screw manufacturing business, Nettlefold and Chamberlain; he became a member of the Birmingham Education Society, the National Education League, and was chairman of the Birmingham School Board [1868-1873]; he was a member of Birmingham Town Council [1872-1880], being Councillor for St Paul's Ward and Mayor [1873-1876]; he was MP for West Birmingham [1876-1914]; President of the Board of Trade [1880-1885]; President of the Local Government Board [1886]; Secretary of State for the Colonies, 1895-1903]; Chancellor of the University of Birmingham [1901-1914]; and Lord Rector of Glasgow University; he died on 2 July 1914
AcquisitionMost items in this collection have been acquired by purchase as a means of complementing and supporting the large personal archive of Joseph Chamberlain. The collection also includes a number of gifts and deposits and photocopies of originals held elsewhere. For information about the provenance of specific items, please contact the University Archivist for further details.
CopiesThe majority of this collection is available on microfilm (JCLAdd/1-557). The collection was micropublished by Primary Source Media as part of its micropublication of all of the Chamberlain Papers held by Cadbury Research Library. Facilities are available in the Library for researchers to make paper copies of individual items from these microfilms for their own private research purposes. Alternatively, digitized copies of the microfilms can be viewed online under 'Archives Unbound' at Members of the University of Birmingham may access the digital copies free of charge at When browsing the digitized copies by collection, please note that the Letters Additional of Joseph Chamberlain are to be found under 'The Papers of Joseph Chamberlain'.
Related MaterialThe Special Collections Department holds several related collections:

Joseph Chamberlain Collection [JC];

Neville Chamberlain Collection [NC]

Austen Chamberlain Collection [AC];

Beatrice, Ida and Hilda Chamberlain Collection [BC];

Chamberlain Miscellanea [C]

Artificial collections of letters and other documents of Austen and Neville Chamberlain [ACLAdd, NCLAdd] (some catalogue records are available on the Online Archive Catalogue)
Publication NoteThere are a considerable number of biographies of Joseph Chamberlain. These include the official biography, commissioned by the family, 'Life of Joseph Chamberlain', by James Louis Garvin and completed by Julian Amery (London: Macmillan and Co, 1932-1969, 6 vols); and most recently, 'Joseph Chamberlain. Entrepreneur in Politics' by Peter T. Marsh (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1994)


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