Catalogue of the papers of Sir Walford Selby, 1900-65, with family papers, 15th-20th cent.

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Lucy McCann

1998

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A    Papers concerning his career, 1901-86
    A.1  Correspondence and papers concerning Selby's early career, 1901-20
    A.2  Papers as First Secretary and Head of Chancery, Cairo, 1921-33, and later related material, 1948-51, 1986
    A.3  Papers as Principal Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary and later related material, 1924-50
    A.4  Papers as British Minister in Vienna, 1932-41
    A.5  Papers as British Ambassador in Lisbon, 1937-40, 1957-9
    A.6  Papers of Selby as member of various committees and societies, 1942-51
B    Correspondence, 1900-64
    B.1  Special Correspondence, 1912-62
    B.2  General correspondence, 1900-64
    B.3  Letters written by Selby to the press, 1941-60
C    Literary papers, 1940-60
D    Family correspondence and papers, c.1890-1987
E    Financial and business papers, 1845-1953
F    Newscuttings, 1880-1957, and printed material and memorabilia, c.1900-55
G    Photographs, c.1881-1950
H    Early family papers, 15th-19th cent.


Papers of Sir Walford Selby, 1900-65, with family papers, 15th-20th cent.

Abstract:
Correspondence and papers of Sir Walford Selby (1881-1965), diplomat, and the Selby family.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. a. 2030-1, b. 2094, c. 6580-644, d. 3223-35, e. 3272-6, Photogr. c. 116-19

Extent: 90 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

The papers of Selby and his immediate family comprise (A) papers concerning his career, (B) correspondence, (C) literary papers, (D) family correspondence and papers, (E) financial and business papers, (F) newscuttings, printed material and memorabilia and (G) photographs. Section H contains early family papers, 15th-19th cent.

Biographical History

Sir Walford Harmood Montague Selby (1881-1965) was born in Brighton, the son of Charles Edward Montague Selby and Ellen Maria Harmood-Banner. He was educated at Charterhouse, Brighton College and Christ Church, Oxford, and in 1904 entered the Diplomatic Service as an attaché. His early career was divided between postings in Berlin and The Hague and spells at the Foreign Office. In 1911 he became assistant private secretary to Sir Edward Grey, the Foreign Secretary, and in 1918 spent a few months in the Grenadier Guards before being reclaimed by the Foreign Office at the armistice.

In 1919 Selby became First Secretary and Head of the Chancery at Cairo where his knowledge of Arabic helped his work with Lord Allenby, Special High Commissioner to Egypt, on the negotiations leading up to the abolition of the British Protectorate in February 1922. Selby returned to London that year and in 1924 began his long career as Principal Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary, serving Ramsay MacDonald, Sir Austen Chamberlain, Arthur Henderson, Lord Reading and Sir John Simon. In this capacity he attended the Locarno Conference in 1925.

In 1932 Selby resigned from the Principal Private Secretaryship, and declined the post of Under-Secretary of State in favour of an appointment abroad. In 1933 he became British Minister in Vienna, one of the most important observation posts in Europe at the time. Selby was a strong supporter of Austrian independence, and became popular in Vienna. Edward VIII visited Austria in September 1936, returning to Vienna for five months following his abdication, and was frequently entertained at the British Legation.

In December 1937 Selby moved to Lisbon as Ambassador, his final posting. With the outbreak of war the importance of Portugal, a neutral country, increased. Selby left Portugal and retired from the Foreign Office in December 1940.

On his return to England Selby became involved in fund-raising for Austria and Poland. In the late 1940s he emigrated to Rhodesia where he worked on his book criticizing the Foreign Office between the wars, which was published as Diplomatic Twilight in 1953. Selby died in Salisbury, Rhodesia, in 1965.

In 1912 Selby married Dorothy Orme Carter and they had three children, Vera, Ralph, who also entered the Diplomatic Service, and Derek.

Acquisition

The papers were given to the Bodleian Library by Selby's granddaughters, Virginia Knowles, Pamela Cavazza and Cynthia Selby, in 1997-8. A wallet of fishing flies, horse tail, posy of dried flowers, 1907 Hague Peace Conference medal and YMCA medal are now Janitor's List of Library Objects and Portraits, nos. 740/1-5.

Family names (NCA Rules)

Selby family

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Selby | Sir | Walford Harmood Montague | 1881-1965 | Knight | civil servant and diplomat

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

Great Britain and Ireland | Foreign Office
Great Britain and Northern Ireland | Foreign Office
Egypt | British Protectorate

Subjects (LCSH)

Diplomatic and consular service, British
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- 1910-1936
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- 1936-1945
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- Austria
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- Portugal

A   Papers concerning his career, 1901-86

A.1   Correspondence and papers concerning Selby's early career, 1901-20

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. c. 6580


Correspondence and papers concerning Selby's early career, 1901-20
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6580
Extent: 141 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes papers concerning

  • (fols. 15-27) his entrance to Foreign Office, 1904
  • (fols. 33-43) appointments to the Berlin Embassy, 1906, and The Hague, 1907
  • (fols. 46-53) work with visiting Turkish delegation, July 1909
  • (fols. 63-98) the Accession Mission to Vienna under Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, Sept. 1910, including (fols. 73-84) Selby's draft report of mission to Edward, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon
  • (fols. 109-37) Selby's exemption from military service, 1916, and later commission as second lieutenant in the Grenadier Guards, 1919

with

  • (fols. 106-8) printed memorandum by Selby concerning the attitude of Sweden, 1915
  • (fols. 138-41) a note by Selby concerning his association with George, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston, 1919

A.2   Papers as First Secretary and Head of Chancery, Cairo, 1921-33, and later related material, 1948-51, 1986

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6581-3


Files concerning Egypt, 1921-9
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6581
Extent: 388 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes memoranda

  • (fols. 22-30) by Selby concerning King Fuad, 1923
  • (fols. 159-75) concerning visit of Sarwat Pasha, Egyptian Prime Minister, to London, 1927

Papers concerning Egypt, 1921-33
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6582
Extent: 445 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-235) file concerning Egypt, 1930-3
  • (fols. 236-44) bills for dances given by the Selbys in Cairo, Apr. 1921
  • (fols. 245-445) typescript report, 'British Policy in Egypt 1919-22', annotated by Selby, Feb. 1922

Papers concerning Egypt, 1924-51, 1986
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6583
Extent: 240 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-108) report by Selby, 'Record of events and personal recollections during period January 15-February 14, 1922, leading to declaration by HM Government of February 22, 1922, on subject of Egyptian policy', 1924
  • (fols. 109-39) memorandum by Selby criticizing policy of George, 1st Baron Lloyd, Oct. 1927
  • (fols. 140-53) draft paper for the Cabinet on British executive powers in Egypt since the occupation, 1928
  • (fols. 154-89) memoranda on Lord Lloyd's Egypt since Cromer, 2 vols. (London, 1933-4), 1933
  • (fols. 190-203) memoranda and correspondence concerning Lord Lloyd and Egypt, 1948-9, 1986
  • (fols. 204-40 ) memorandum by Selby, 'Egypt 1919-32', with related correspondence, 1950-1

A.3   Papers as Principal Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary and later related material, 1924-50


Papers as Principal Private Secretary, 1924-32
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6584
Extent: 311 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes letters

  • (fols. 3-9) to Sir Austen Chamberlain, 1926-37
  • (fols. 10-66) to Arthur Henderson, 1929-42, including
    • (fols. 28-30) minute by Selby concerning proposed politico-economic department, Dec. 1930
    • (fols. 57-65) account by Selby of the background to the July 1931 crisis, Nov. 1942
  • (fols. 67-71) to Rufus Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading, 1931
  • (fols. 72-132) to John, 1st Viscount Simon, 1931-2, including
    • (fols. 98-104) a letter concerning the interdepartmental Economic Committee, 1932
    • (fols. 115-31) account by Selby of development of British foreign policy, 1933

With

  • (fols. 133-60) letters received following resignation from Private Secretaryship, Oct. 1932
  • (fols. 161-311) file concerning Europe, Jan. 1924-May 1929, including (fols. 163-7) memorandum by Selby concerning attitude of France towards federal state in Germany, Jan. 1924

Two files concerning Europe, 1926-32
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6585
Extent: 235 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-92) Feb. 1926-Dec. 1931, including memoranda by Selby on
    • (fols. 2-48) the League of Nations, 1926
    • (fols. 49-55) British policy at Geneva, Sept. 1928
    • (fols. 72-83) Franco-British-American relations, Sept. 1931
    • (fols. 84-9) review of the policy of co-operation with France and its effects in Europe, Oct. 1931
  • (fols. 93-235) Jan.-Dec. 1932, including
    • (fols. 94-159) papers on the Geneva Disarmament Conference, Jan.-Feb. 1932
    • (fols. 129-35) description of organisation of German National Socialists, Feb. 1932

Miscellaneous files, 1925-50
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6586
Extent: 333 leaves

Scope and Content:

Papers concerning

  • (fols. 1-17) dispute between Selby's brother, Lt-Col. Charles Westrope Selby, Military Representative at Budapest, and Sir Colville Barclay, 1925
  • (fols. 18-146) Sino-British relations and the developing situation in Europe, 1926-32, 1950
  • (fols. 147-54) the Zinoviev letter, 1924, 1942-50, including (fols.151-2) letter, 1942, from Sir Wyndham Childs
  • (fols. 155-333) Selby's memorandum on Anglo-German relations, Dec. 1931, including (fols. 220-333) correspondence concerning refusal of Foreign Office to allow its publication in 1948, 1931-50

A.4   Papers as British Minister in Vienna, 1932-41

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6587-9


Correspondence as British Minister, May 1933-Nov. 1937
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6587
Extent: 444 leaves

Scope and Content:

With (fols. 410-44) explanatory memorandum, 1950.


Files as British Minister, 1932-7
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6588
Extent: 278 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-65) papers relating to reform of the Foreign Office, 1932-5
  • (fols. 66-210) index of Selby's dispatches, letters and telegrams sent to London from Vienna, July 1933-Sept. 1937
  • (fols. 211-74) expenditure on Vienna residence and parties, 1933-7
  • (fols. 275-8) list of charitable subscriptions, 1935-7

Miscellaneous files, 1934-41
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6589
Extent: 174 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-134) file concerning Edward VIII (later Duke of Windsor), 1934-40
    • (fols. 1-120) correspondence, 1934-7, mainly with private secretaries at Buckingham Palace, concerning visits of Edward to Vienna
    • (fols. 121-2) account by Selby of 1935 and 1936 visits
    • (fols. 123-34) newscuttings, 1936-7
  • (fols. 135-74) memorandum and letter from Selby to William, 1st Baron Tyrrell, concerning British policy in Europe with (fols. 168-74) related correspondence, 1934-41

A.5   Papers as British Ambassador in Lisbon, 1937-40, 1957-9

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. c. 6590


Papers as British Ambassador in Lisbon, 1937-40, 1957-9
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6590
Extent: 279 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-207) general correspondence, Nov. 1937-Jan. 1941
  • (fols. 208-68) correspondence, 1940 and 1957-9, concerning the visit of Edward, Duke of Windsor, and the Duchess of Windsor to Lisbon in July-Aug. 1940
  • (fols. 269-79) newscuttings concerning Selby in Portugal, 1940

A.6   Papers of Selby as member of various committees and societies, 1942-51

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. c. 6591


Papers of Selby, 1942-51
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6591
Extent: 314 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises his papers as

  • (fols. 1-262) member and President of the Aid to Austria Appeal Committee, 1942-8, including (fols. 238-62) memorandum, 1950, explaining Selby's activities on behalf of Austria
  • (fols. 263-76) member and Chairman of the Polish Relief Fund, 1942-6
  • (fols. 277-83) member and Chairman of the Anglo-Portugese Society, 1942-50
  • (fols. 284-301) member of the Liberal Party's Foreign Affairs Committee, 1944-9
  • (fols. 302-8) member of the Church of England Council on Foreign Relations, 1949-51
  • (fols. 309-14) Deputy-Chairman of the Anglo-Austrian Society, 1950

B   Correspondence, 1900-64

B.1   Special Correspondence, 1912-62

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6592-602

Arrangement: This section mainly comprises files created by Selby containing correspondence with particular individuals or concerning particular subjects. A few files have been newly created where significant amounts of correspondence with individuals were found in the general correspondence section. They are arranged in alphabetical order.

Special correspondence, 1920-54
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6592
Extent: 492 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-238) file of correspondence and papers with and concerning Edmund, 1st Viscount Allenby, 1920-36, and lent to Archibald, 1st Earl Wavell, for his book Allenby in Egypt, 2 vols. (London, [1940-3]) including (fols. 43-67, 73-110, 114-42) memoranda by Selby, 1933-4
  • (fols. 239-492) correspondence with Frank Ashton-Gwatkin, 1942-54

Correspondence with Frank Ashton-Gwatkin, 1955-62
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6593
Extent: 246 leaves

Special correspondence, 1926-61
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6594
Extent: 264 leaves

Scope and Content:

With

  • (fols. 1-63) Arthur, 3rd Earl Baldwin of Bewdley, 1950-61
  • (fols. 64-180) Collin Brooks, 1943-58
  • (fols. 181-264) Sir Austen Chamberlain, 1926-37, including (fols. 256-64) some letters concerning him, 1937-9

Correspondence with Arthur Murray (later 3rd Viscount Elibank), including letters from others to Murray and forwarded by him to Selby, 1916-52
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6595
Extent: 325 leaves

Correspondence as MS. Eng. c. 6595 above, 1953-4
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6596
Extent: 398 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes (fol. 298) a letter from Sir William Wiseman, Head of British Intelligence in the USA, 17 Sept. 1918, enclosing (fols. 299-308) a translation of an interview between Alfonso XIII, King of Spain and Otto Kahn, an American citizen.


Correspondence as MS. Eng. c. 6595 above, 1955-6
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6597
Extent: 327 leaves

Correspondence as MS. Eng. c. 6595 above, 1957-62
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6598
Extent: 339 leaves

Special correspondence, 1912-60
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6599
Extent: 439 leaves

Scope and Content:

With

  • (fols. 1-99) Edward, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon, lent to G.M. Trevelyan for his biography of Grey, with some letters concerning Grey, 1912-37
  • (fols. 100-248) Aubrey Leo Kennedy, 1933-60
  • (fols. 249-439) Sir Henry Legge-Bourke and with others concerning Legge-Bourke's book, Master of the Offices (London, 1950), 1949-59

Special correspondence, 1944-60
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6600
Extent: 416 leaves

Scope and Content:

With

  • (fols. 1-142) Sir John Murray, 1945-58
  • (fols. 143-239) Sir Lewis Namier, 1948-58
  • (fols. 240-68) Sir Harold Nicolson, 1946-60
  • (fols. 269-320) Philip, Baron Noel-Baker, 1953-7
  • (fols. 321-70) Lady Helen Nutting, 1952-8
  • (fols. 371-416) Eric Drummond, 16th Earl of Perth, 1944-51

Special correspondence, 1920-57
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6601
Extent: 348 leaves

Scope and Content:

With

  • (fols. 1-54) Samuel Hoare, 1st Viscount Templewood, including papers concerning him and his book Nine Troubled Years (London, 1954), 1945-57
  • (fols. 55-348) William, 1st Baron Tyrrell, 1920-44, including (fols. 336-48) memorandum on Tyrrell by Selby and related correspondence, 1933-50

Special correspondence, 1930-53
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6602
Extent: 273 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-34) concerning attack by Robert, 1st Baron Vansittart, on Karl Renner, 1945-50
  • (fols. 35-108) with Archibald, 1st Earl Wavell, and with others mainly concerning Wavell's book, Allenby in Egypt (London, 1944), 1936-52
  • (fols. 109-273) with Sir Victor Wellesley, 1930-53, including memoranda on
    • (fols. 127-33) the disarmament conference, Aug. 1932
    • (fols. 136-8) the economic conference, Aug. 1932

B.2   General correspondence, 1900-64

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6603-7


1900-49
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6603
Extent: 444 leaves

1950-2
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6604
Extent: 333 leaves

1953-5
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6605
Extent: 477 leaves

1956-64 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6606
Extent: 415 leaves

B.3   Letters written by Selby to the press, 1941-60

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. c. 6607


Letters written by Selby to the press with related correspondence, 1941-60
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6607
Extent: 196 leaves

C   Literary papers, 1940-60


Speeches, broadcasts and articles by Selby, 1941-52
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6608
Extent: 191 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (fols. 1-120) speeches and broadcasts, mainly typescript, 1941-7, including speeches to
    • (fols. 1-22) the Royal Empire Society, 1941
    • (fols. 55-70, 72-83) the Forum Club, 1946
  • (fols. 121-91) presscuttings containing articles on various subjects, 1941-52, including (fols. 160-6) the future of Austria, 1945

Draft memoirs (mainly typescript), 1940s
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6609
Extent: 221 leaves

Scope and Content:

Memoirs relate to Selby's early career and work as Principal Private Secretary successively to 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon, Ramsay Macdonald and Sir Austen Chamberlain.


Draft memoirs (mainly typescript), 1940s
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6610
Extent: 220 leaves

Scope and Content:

Memoirs relate to Selby's work as Principal Private Secretary successively to Arthur Henderson, 1st Marquess of Reading, and John, 1st Viscount Simon.


Memoranda and notes mainly relating to foreign affairs, 1942-60
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6611
Extent: 577 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes papers relating to

  • (fols. 13-27) Russia, 1945
  • (fol. 28) relations with France, 1946
  • (fols. 44-50) the Diplomatic Service and the Cabinet, 1947
  • (fols. 51-5) Lord Tyrrell of Avon, 1947
  • (fols. 89-91) 'The foreign policy of Mr Baldwin', 1950
  • (fols. 133-5) 'Sir Warren Fisher and the crisis of 1931', 1951
  • (fols. 174-202) Diplomatic Twilight (London, 1953), 1953
  • (fols. 218-38) Sir Victor Wellesley, 1954
  • (fols. 325-35) Germany between the two wars, 1955
  • (fols. 404-9) the policy of Locarno, 1955
  • (fols. 575-7) Egypt, 1960

Drafts (mainly typescript, with some annotations) of Diplomatic Twilight containing material not included in the published version, c.1953
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3223
Extent: 494 leaves

Drafts of Diplomatic Twilight, as MS. Eng. d. 3223 above
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3224
Extent: 527 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes (fols. 1-260) copy submitted to the Foreign Office.


Drafts of Diplomatic Twilight, as MS. Eng. d. 3223 above
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3225
Extent: 177 leaves

Drafts of Diplomatic Twilight, as MS. Eng. d. 3223 above
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6612
Extent: 325 leaves

Background material for Diplomatic Twilight, 1942-58
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6613
Extent: 522 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-172) collection of notes concerning the operation of the 'Head of the Civil Service system' and its effect on the Foreign Office, 1942-58
  • (fols. 173-522) file entitled 'Notes in regard to the causes of our isolation in 1940', 1950s, containing correspondence, memoranda and newscuttings including (fols. 173-7) index

Miscellaneous memoranda and notes, mainly undated, c.1940-60
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6614
Extent: 357 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes papers relating to

  • (fols. 29-40) 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley
  • (fols. 41-75) Germany
  • (fols. 76-85) 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon
  • (fols. 86-129) the 'Head of the Civil Service system'
  • (fols. 130-49) 1st Baron Vansittart
  • (fols. 150-73) the 'turning point' of 1931

D   Family correspondence and papers, c.1890-1987


Family correspondence, c.1890-1934
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6615
Extent: 280 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-36) letters from Selby's father, C.E.M. Selby, to his wife, Ellen, son, Walford, and daughter-in-law, Dorothy, c.1890-1934
  • (fols. 37-50) letters from Selby's uncle, William Gully, later 1st Viscount Selby, partly concerning Selby's entrance to the Foreign Office, 1889-1905
  • (fols. 51-280) correspondence between Selby, at school, Oxford and Berlin, and his parents, c.1899-1907

Correspondence between Selby and his parents, mainly letters to and from his mother, 1907-33
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6616
Extent: 185 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes letters concerning

  • (fols. 1-45) the Peace Conference in the Hague, 1907
  • (fols. 46-7) a visit to St Petersburg, 1910
  • (fols. 48-60) the Accession Mission to Vienna, 1910
  • (fols. 76-83) the outbreak of World War I, 1914
  • (fols. 159-85) Selby's appointment to Vienna, 1933

Family correspondence, c.1900-40
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6617
Extent: 471 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-439) between Selby and his parents (mainly his mother), 1933-40, mostly written while Selby was in (fols. 1-195) Vienna, 1933-7, and (fols. 196-429) Lisbon, 1937-40
  • (fols. 440-71) of Ellen Selby with friends and relations, c.1900-30

Address book of Ellen Selby, c.1940
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3272
Extent: 73 leaves
Binding: Calf

Correspondence and papers of Selby's brother, Lt.-Col. Charles Westrope Selby, 1899-1929
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6618
Extent: 435 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-392) family correspondence, 1899-1928, mainly from Westrope describing his experiences on the Western Front, 1914-18
  • (fols. 399-432) reports on his work for the Inter-Allied Military Commission of Control for Hungary including the custody of ex-King Karl of Austria-Hungary, 1921, 1925

Hunting journal, probably of C.W. Selby, 1910-11
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3226
Extent: 50 leaves
Binding: Limp red morocco, decorated endpaper

Correspondence between Selby and his wife, Dorothy, Lady Selby, c.1905-13
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6619
Extent: 261 leaves

Correspondence between Selby and his wife, Dorothy, Lady Selby, 1914-21
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6620
Extent: 160 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes (fols. 61-160) letters written while Selby was in Cairo, 1920-1.


Correspondence of Dorothy, Lady Selby, c.1905-50
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6621
Extent: 195 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises correspondence

  • (fols. 1-82) with Selby, 1921-47 including (fols. 1-44) letters written while Selby was in Cairo, 1921-2
  • (fols. 83-195) with relations and friends, c.1905-50

Papers of Lady Selby, 1940-50
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6622
Extent: 283 leaves

Scope and Content:

Relates to

  • (fols. 1-24) the work of the British Red Cross in Lisbon for prisoners of war, 1940
  • (fols. 25-170) Women's Voluntary Service work in Burley, Hampshire, 1942-5
  • (fols. 171-283) the Rural District Council of Ringwood and Fordingbridge, 1946-50

Poultry book of Lady Selby, 1948-50
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3273
Extent: 92 leaves
Binding: Blue quarter cloth, white papered boards

Papers concerning the Selby children, 1921-48
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6623
Extent: 367 leaves
Restrictions on Access: CLOSED

Corrrespondence of Selby's son Ralph, 1921-87
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6624
Extent: 409 leaves
Restrictions on Access: CLOSED

Correspondence and papers of Selby's relations and children, 1904-82
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6625
Extent: 373 leaves
Restrictions on Access: CLOSED

Army notebook (punched loose leaves removed from a binder) of Ralph or Derek Selby, c.1939
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3274
Extent: 233 leaves

Notebook containing notes on mechanics, probably by Ralph or Derek Selby, 1939
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3227
Extent: 104 leaves
Binding: Half cloth, black papered boards

E   Financial and business papers, 1845-1953


Correspondence and papers concerning estates of family members, 1886-1951
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6626
Extent: 190 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-64) C.E.M. Selby, 1886-1941
  • (fols. 65-72) C.W. Selby, 1930
  • (fols. 73-190) Ellen Selby, 1940-51

General financial correspondence and papers, 1845-1952
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6627
Extent: 121 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes papers concerning the Selby houses

  • (fols. 35-59) title deeds of 48 Sussex Square, Brighton, and its sale, 1845-1943
  • (fols. 60-80) sale of 2 Cadogan Gardens, London, 1932
  • (fols. 81-114) Forest Garden, Burley, Hampshire, including its agricultural use during and after the war, 1941-9, with (fols. 115-21) plans and diagrams, 1912-19

General financial correspondence and papers, 1935-53
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6628
Extent: 158 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-111) correspondence concerning tax and investments, 1935-52
  • (fols. 112-15) papers concerning insurance, 1941-50
  • (fols. 116-41) marriage settlements of which Selby was a trustee, 1941-53
  • (fols. 142-58) final accounts of family trust legacy and marriage settlement, 1948

Business papers and correspondence of Lady Selby, 1902-49
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6629
Extent: 151 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes papers concerning

  • (fols. 1-48) the estate of her mother, Ellen Carter, and the Banner family, 1902-30
  • (fols. 56-88) dance arrangements, 1931-3
  • (fols. 89-111) Derek Selby's finances, 1935-40
  • (fols. 112-17) investments from the trust estate of Lady Selby's father, W.O. Carter, 1941-2

With (fols. 118-51) household receipts and papers, 1941-9.


Tax return papers, 1916-52
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6630
Extent: 179 leaves

Bank statements, 1930-49
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6631
Extent: 231 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-86) Lady Selby's bank statements, 1930-45, 1948-9
  • (fols. 87-189) Sir Walford Selby's bank statements, 1931-8
  • (fols. 190-231) statements for joint account of Sir Walford and Lady Selby, 1940-8

Deposit account book of Sir Walford and Lady Selby, 1940-5
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3275
Extent: 12 leaves

F   Newscuttings, 1880-1957, and printed material and memorabilia, c.1900-55


Newscuttings relating to Selby and (fols. 120-51) his family, 1880-1957
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6632
Extent: 151 leaves

Scrapbook containing cuttings of reviews of Diplomatic Twilight, 1953
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6633
Extent: 98 leaves

Inscribed books and articles from Selby's friends, 1930-57
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3228
Extent: 12 items

Printed material, 1904-55
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6634
Extent: 217 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-28) Diplomatic Service entrance examination papers, 1904
  • (fols. 29-39) annotated Cabinet paper, 1931
  • (fols. 40-145) annotated copies of Hansard and command papers, 1942-55
  • (fols. 146-216) articles by Selby and publications to which he contributed, 1943-51

Printed memorabilia, c.1900-50
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3229
Extent: 214 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-110) programmes and club cards, 1901-48
  • (fols. 111-42) memorial service cards, 1909-56
  • (fols. 143-55) invitations and menu cards, 1910-50
  • (fols. 156-80) hunting cards, 1929-50

Printed material, 1905-40
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3276
Extent: 8 items

Scope and Content:
  • (items 1-3) family burial service booklets, 1905-23
  • (item 4) booklet of coronation service, 1911
  • (items 5-8 ) passports, 1918-40

Certificates and miscellaneous printed memorabilia, 1906-49
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6635
Extent: 118 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 13-16) award to Selby of Hague Peace Conference medal, 1907
  • (fols. 17-30) appointments to Royal Victorian Order, Order of Bath and Order of St. Michael and St. George, 1911-31
  • (fols. 36-9) appointment as ambassador to Lisbon, 1937
  • (fols. 41-118) printed memorabilia, 1923-49, including pamphlets of
    • (fols. 41-59) Aid to Austria Appeal Committee, 1923-47
    • (fols. 60-4) Polish Relief Fund, c.1939-46
    • (fols. 65-80) Anglo-Austrian Society, 1946-9

Diploma of membership presented to Selby by the Mutual Aid Association of Artists of Coimbra, 1939
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. a. 2030
Extent: 1 leaf

G   Photographs, c.1881-1950


Photographs, c.1881-1950
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 116
Extent: 110 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-73) family, c.1881-1950
  • (fols. 76-94) Locarno conference, 1925
  • (fols. 99, 101-7, 109-10) Sir Austen Chamberlain, 1928-1936

Photographs, 1931-40
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 117
Extent: 74 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-4) Arthur Henderson, 1931
  • (fols. 7-61) Austria, 1933-7, including (fols. 34-51) visit of Edward VIII, 1936
  • (fols. 62-74) Portugal, 1937-40

Photographs taken when Selby was Ambassador to Portugal, 1937-40
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 118
Extent: 36 leaves

Photographs, 1937-49
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 119
Extent: 52 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-44) Portugal, 1937-40
  • (fols. 45-7) visit to Austria on behalf of the Aid to Austria Appeal Committee, 1947

H   Early family papers, 15th-19th cent.


Title deeds to land in Kent, chiefly West Malling, 1404-1749
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6636
Extent: 17 items
Material: Parchment documents, many with seals

Family and other early documents, 1597-1792
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6637
Extent: 59 leaves
Material: Paper

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (fols. 1-2) two letters, 1597-9
  • (fols. 3-18) inventory of documents and descriptions of property in West Malling, Kent, late 16th cent.
  • (fols. 19-41) letters to and from Rear-Admiral Richard Hainer concerning trade in cloth and slaves and the transporting of goods and people from France to England, June-Sept. 1660, including (fols. 28-31) two letters from Edward Montagu, 1st Earl of Sandwich, and (fols. 34-41) 19th-cent. note stating that the two letters came from the manor of Avebury, Wiltshire, with 19th-cent. copies of the letters
  • (fols. 42-57) family and other wills, 1699-1746
  • (fols. 58-9) deed of conveyance of a slave by Alured Clarke, Lieutenant Governor of Quebec, to Adam Williamson, Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica, 1792

Family documents, 1637-1808
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6638
Extent: 7 items
Material: Parchment

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (item 3) will of Mary Selby, 1749
  • (items 4-7 ) certificates of ordination to deaconhood and priesthood, 1783-1808

Volume containing notes on the keeping of manorial courts and on Selby genealogy, written partly in 1712 (see p. 15) and partly in 1870 (see p. 29), 18th-19th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3230
Extent: 185 + i pages
Binding: Vellum

Deeds, correspondence and papers concerning land purchased by Richard Selby in Virginia, USA, in 1795, 1793-1873
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2094
Extent: 240 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-12) three copies of bargain and sale of land in Virginia by Thomas Bond to Baldwin Dade (both of Fairfax, Virginia), Oct. 1793
  • (fols. 15-16) certified copy of grant of land in Virginia to Thomas Bond, 1794
  • (fols. 21-30) lease and release, with copies, by Baldwin Dade, brewer and distiller, through his attorney Jonathan Swift (both of Alexandria, Virginia) to Richard Selby of Salisbury Street, Middlesex, merchant, of land in Harrison, Virginia, Apr. 1795
  • (fols. 33-42) copies of bargain and sale between same parties of same land, Oct. 1795
  • (fols. 43-4) agreement to sell land in Virginia for $2000, Richard Selby of Philadelphia, merchant, and Thomas Shearman Goodlad of Philadelphia, gentleman, Sept. 1810
  • (fols. 45) mortgage of land in Virginia by William Dyer and Ralph Hatch to Richard Selby, Oct. 1810
  • (fols. 46-7) deed of indemnity, George Passmore of Baltimore, merchant, to Richard Selby, Oct. 1810
  • (fols. 52-240) correspondence and papers, 1798-1873

Sermons written by Selby's great-grandfather, Charles Bridge Selby, with family correspondence, c.1815-81
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3231
Extent: 235 leaves
Binding: Mainly sewn sections, some disbound

Family documents and legal papers, 1610-1859
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6639
Extent: 134 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-13) copies of family wills, 1610-1889
  • (fols. 14-71) will of Elizabeth Browne and case papers concerning her estate, 1775-1859
  • (fols. 72-134) copy of the will of Thomas Selby, with legal papers concerning his estate, 1818-59

Family documents and legal papers, 1827-77
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6640
Extent: 123 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes (fols. 34-123) documents concerning marriage settlement of Thomas Selby and Elizabeth Foster, 1838-74.


Papers of Selby's grandfather, Thomas Selby, mainly concerning his claim to the Montague peerage, 1829-80
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6641
Extent: 307 leaves

Papers of Thomas Selby concerning his bankruptcy, 1876-8, 1980
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6642
Extent: 245 leaves

Papers of Selby's uncle, Walford Dakin Selby, 1862-88
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6643
Extent: 414 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes (fols. 123-375) correspondence concerning his work at the Public Record Office, 1878-82, 1921, returned in 1921 by the executor of F.J. Furnivall.


Two notebooks containing notes on Selby family history, 19th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3232
Extent: 199 leaves
Binding: Black stiffened paper wrappers

Two notebooks containing notes on Selby family history, 19th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3233
Extent: 182 leaves
Binding: (fols. 1-38) Brown stiffened paper wrappers; (fols. 39-182) black half calf, marbled boards

Two notebooks containing notes on Selby family history, 19th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3234
Extent: 249 leaves
Binding: (fols. 1-154) Black papered boards; (fols. 155-249) black half calf, marbled boards, ticket of F. Esquilart, Oxford St.

Notes on history of Selby and other families, including genealogies and copies of documents, 19th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6644
Extent: 179 leaves

Notes on history of Selby and other families, 19th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3235
Extent: 171 leaves
Binding: (fols. 1-22) Black quarter calf, marbled boards (the rest mainly loose sheets)

Drawings and engravings, mainly topographical, several of Birdbrook, Essex, c.1787-1830
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. a. 2031
Extent: 71 leaves

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