Catalogue of the papers of Sir Eyre Crowe, 1880-1925

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

2004

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A    Letters from Crowe to his parents Sir Joseph (d. 1895) and Lady Crowe (née von Barby), 1880-1900
B    Letters from Sir Eyre to his wife Clema, née Gerhardt, 1907-23
C    Family correspondence, 1892-1924
D    Miscellaneous personal papers, 1880-1924


Papers of Sir Eyre Crowe, 1880-1925

Abstract:
Correspondence and papers of Sir Eyre Crowe (1864-1925), Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, 1920-5.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6034-5, d. 2890-910, e. 3010-26

Extent: 40 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Sir Eyre Alexander Barby Wichart Crowe (1864-1925) was Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, 1920-5. He played a major role in the reform of the organization of the Foreign Office in 1906 and served as Minister Plenipotentiary in the British delegation to the Paris Peace Conference in 1919.

Scope and Content

Sir Eyre's papers consist mainly of correspondence, but also include some printed items, two files relating to Sir Eyre and Lady Crowe's post-war claims concerning their family's German and Rumanian investments, 1920-3, and some personal papers. The letters to his parents and later to his wife, Clema, provide a detailed account of the making of British foreign policy between 1880 and 1924. Crowe's daughter, Sybil Crowe, made extensive use of the papers for her work, Our ablest public servant: Sir Eyre Crowe, 1864-1925 (London, 1993). For further details see the Dictionary of National Biography.

Acquisition

Papers inherited from Sybil Crowe by her nephew, B.L. Crowe, and given by him, 1995.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. d. 2890, fols. 1-2].

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Crowe | Lady | Clema | fl 1903-1924 | née Gerhardt | wife of Sir Eyre Crowe
Crowe | Sir | Eyre Alexander Barby Wichart | 1864-1925 | Knight | diplomat

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

Great Britain and Ireland | Foreign Office
Great Britain and Northern Ireland | Foreign Office

Subjects (LCSH)

Diplomatic and consular service, British
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- 1901-1910
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- 1910-1936

A   Letters from Crowe to his parents Sir Joseph (d. 1895) and Lady Crowe (née von Barby), 1880-1900

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. d. 2890-900, e. 3010-19


11 Aug. 1880-28 Mar. 1885
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2890
Extent: 290 leaves

3 Apr. -Nov. 1885
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3010
Extent: 165 leaves

1 Dec. 1885-15 June 1886
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2891
Extent: 165 leaves

19 June 1886-26 Feb. 1887
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2892
Extent: 198 leaves

2 Mar. - 22 Oct. 1887
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2893
Extent: 200 leaves

24 Oct. 1887-26 May 1888
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3011
Extent: 206 leaves

2 June 1888-5 Feb. 1889
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3012
Extent: 215 leaves

2 Mar. -27 Dec. 1889
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3013
Extent: 220 leaves

18 Jan. -26 Aug. 1890
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3014
Extent: 206 leaves

6 Sept. 1890-26 May 1891
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3015
Extent: 208 leaves

2 June 1891-19 Mar. 1892
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2894
Extent: 207 leaves

3 Apr. -17 Oct. 1892
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2895
Extent: 162 leaves

6 Nov. 1892-30 June 1893
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2896
Extent: 212 leaves

5 July-19 Feb. 1894
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3016
Extent: 203 leaves

23 Feb. -14 Sept. 1894
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3017
Extent: 154 leaves

5 Oct. 1894-29 Mar. 1895
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3018
Extent: 160 leaves

2 Apr. -26 Sept. 1895
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2897
Extent: 183 leaves

1 Oct. 1895-31 Jan. 1896
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3019
Extent: 199 leaves

4 Feb. 1896-29 Sept. 1896
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2898
Extent: 210 leaves

2 Oct. 1896-30 Aug. 1898
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2899
Extent: 193 leaves

1 Sept. 1898-4 Sept. 1900
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2900
Extent: 183 leaves

B   Letters from Sir Eyre to his wife Clema, née Gerhardt, 1907-23

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. d. 2901-6, e. 3020-6


Scope and Content:

The series includes letters written while Sir Eyre was attending the Hague Conference in 1907 and the Paris Peace Conference in 1919.


13 June-30 Aug. 1907
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2901
Extent: 167 leaves

1 Sept. 1907-24 Feb. 1911
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2902
Extent: 200 leaves

11 July 1911-31 July 1914
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2903
Extent: 209 leaves

1 Aug. 1914-31 Aug. 1916
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3020
Extent: 185 leaves

1 Sept. 1916-20 Sept. 1918
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3021
Extent: 186 leaves

5 Jan. -15 Feb. 1919
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3022
Extent: 179 leaves

16 Feb. -31 Mar. 1919
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3023
Extent: 159 leaves

1 Apr. -18 May 1919
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3024
Extent: 180 leaves

19 May-31 July 1919
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3025
Extent: 188 leaves

1 Aug. -15 Oct. 1919
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2904
Extent: 165 leaves

16 Oct. -30 Nov. 1919
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3026
Extent: 146 leaves

1 Dec. 1919-5 Jan. 1920
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2905
Extent: 116 leaves

19 June 1920-16 Sept. 1923
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2906
Extent: 182 leaves

C   Family correspondence, 1892-1924

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. d. 2907-8


Letters from Sir Eyre to various members of his family, 1892-1924
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2907
Extent: 142 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-48) letters to Lady Crowe, 17 Sept. 1923-14 Aug. 1924
  • (fols. 49-89) family and miscellaneous letters to Lady Crowe, 1918-23, n.d.

Letters from Sir Eyre to members of his family, 1913-24
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2908
Extent: 121 leaves

Scope and Content:

With

  • (fols. 52-98) miscellaneous letters to Sir Eyre, 1895-1924, n.d.
  • (fols. 99-121) letters concerning the entry for Sir Eyre in the Dictionary of National Biography, 1928

D   Miscellaneous personal papers, 1880-1924

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6034-5, d. 2909-10


Volume entitled 'List of Books Read', 1888-1925
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2909
Extent: 76 leaves, 44-76 blank

Miscellaneous printed items and ephemera, 1909-20, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2910
Extent: 108 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-13) official despatches to Sir Eyre, 1919
  • (fols. 14-56) invitations, menus, programmes and postcards, 1909-20, n.d.
  • (fols. 57-105) cartes de visite, n.d.

Two files concerning Sir Eyre and Lady Crowe's postwar claims concerning their family's German and Rumanian investments, 1920-3
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6034
Extent: 229 leaves

Files of personal papers preserved by Sir Eyre Crowe for his family, 1880-1924
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6035
Extent: 60 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 13-26) official letters concerning his appointments, 1908-24
  • (fols 27-32) examination diplomas, 1880-6
  • (fols. 33-5) certificates of honours awarded, 1902-23

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