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From Empire to International CommonwealthA Biography of Lionel Curtis$

Deborah Lavin

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198126164

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198126164.001.0001

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From Empire to International Commonwealth
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The archive of Lionel Curtis's personal papers in the Bodleian Library is large, but comprehensive only from 1933, when a fire in his house in Kidlington destroyed most of his earlier archive. A few early letters, and his South African diary to 1902, survived among his sister's papers; his appointment diaries survive from 1916; the rest of the South African material, the Indian and Irish material, and his personal papers relating to the founding of Chatham House were lost. It has been necessary, therefore, to reconstruct the larger part of Curtis's active life from a multiplicity of other sources, the most important of which are listed.

The Round Table archive is substantially complete, recording his role in the movement. The Kindergarten and Round Table members seem fortunately to have been compulsive collectors of papers, especially Philip Kerr, Robert Brand, and Patrick Duncan. The other most important sources for Curtis's life are his correspondence with Lord Selborne, Lady Maud Selborne, Lady Astor, Whitney Shepardson, and the material in the Chatham House archive. Curtis's acquaintance was vast. His voluminous card index of addresses, over eight feet in length, and the visitors' book for Hales Croft were sadly lost in a second Oxfordshire fire in 1985.

For Curtis's own writings see, especially: Pryor, Ruth, A Bibliography of the Works of Lionel George Curtis (Diploma in Librarianship, University of London, 1955), in the Library of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). ‘Details from The Round Table files on Lionel Curtis’ (authorship of anonymous articles), Bodl. MSS Eng. Hist. c. 869/122–5.

I. Manuscript Sources

Bodleian Library, Oxford

Lionel George Curtis

The Round Table

Correspondence and papers of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) relative to Lionel Curtis, including papers collected by Sir Dermot Morrah for a proposed biography of Lionel Curtis, papers of Sir Ivison Macadam (literary executor). and the papers of Whitney Shepardson, Sir Dougal Malcolm, and Mrs Gladys Edna (Pat) Curtis.

Herbert Henry, first Earl of Oxford and Asquith

John G. Barnes, first Baron Gorrell

Robert Henry, first Baron Brand

Geoffrey Dawson

Richard Feetham

Edward William Grigg, first Baron Altrincham (microfilm)

Lionel Hichens

Alfred, first Viscount Milner

(p.333) Gilbert Murray

Sir Matthew Nathan

Joseph Houldsworth Oldham

Oxford Appointments Board

Margery Perham

Ralegh Club

William Waldegrave Palmer, second Earl of Selborne

Lady Maud Selborne

John Allsebrook, first Viscount Simon

Arnold Toynbee

A. F. Basil Williams

Alfred Zimmern

All Souls College, Oxford

T. E. Lawrence

College records

New College

College records

Nuffield College

John Edward Bernard Seely, first Baron Mottistone


House of Lords

David, first Earl Lloyd-George

India Office

Frederic John Napier Thesiger, first Viscount Chelmsford

James, first Baron Meston

Edwin Samuel Montagu

Sir Malcolm Seton

Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Richard Jebb

London School of Economics

Sir William Beveridge

Royal Institute of International Affairs

School of Oriental and African Studies

Sir Charles Addis

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(p.334) John Swire & Sons

Universities China Committee

John Swire & Sons


Churchill College

Ernest Bevin

Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, first Earl Halifax

Trinity College

College records


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Philip Kerr, eleventh Marquess of Lothian

Sir Arthur Herbert Steel-Maitland

National Library of Scotland

Frederick Scott Oliver

University Library

Arthur Berriedale Keith

Other United Kingdom

University of Aberystwyth

Thomas Jones

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast

Sir Ernest Clark

Sir Wilfred Spender

University of Birmingham

Chamberlain Archive

University of Durham

Albert Henry, fourth Earl Grey

Malcolm John MacDonald

Durham County Record Office

(p.335) Londonderry Collection (Theresa, Marchioness of Londonderry)

Haileybury College

College records

Keele University

Alexander Dunlop, first Baron Lindsay

University of Reading

Nancy, Lady Astor

Waldorf, second Viscount Astor

Private Collections

Lionel Curtis (residual deposit, including photographs—Lady Macadam)

William Miller Macmillan (Mrs M. Macmillan)


National Library, Canberra

Sir Edmund Barton

Alfred Deakin

Sir Frederick William Eggleston

Sir Robert Garran

Henry Bourassa Higgins

William Morris Hughes

Attlee Arthur Hunt

Thomas Howell Laby

Sir John Latham


National Archive, Ottawa

Sir Robert Borden

Loring Christie

Arthur Glazebrook

South Africa

Barlow Rand Archive, Johannesburg

Sir Lionel Phillips

Jagger Library, University of Cape Town

Sir Patrick Duncan

(p.336) South African Library, Cape Town

John X. Merriman

John Henry, first Baron De Villiers

Rhodes University, Grahamstown

Sir Percy FitzPatrick

City Council Archive, Johannesburg

C. F. Andrews

Records of the Johannesburg City Council

Strange Library, Johannesburg

W. A. J. O'Meara

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Fortnightly Club

Howard Pirn