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The Papers of Viscount Esher (Reginald Brett)

Title The Papers of Viscount Esher (Reginald Brett)
Reference GBR/0014/ESHR
Creator Brett, Reginald Baliol, 1852-1930, 2nd Viscount Esher, politician
Covering Dates 1848–1997
Extent and Medium 128 boxes; paper; The papers have been bound by a number of binders. Often papers have been folded to fit the volume and the bindings are quite tight. For this reason, it is not possible to obtain photocopies of the papers.
Repository Churchill Archives Centre
Content and context

Esher was born in London, on 30 June 1852. He was the eldest son of the 1st Viscount Esher and Eugenie (daughter of Louis Mayer). He succeeded his father in 1899. He married Eleanor (daughter of M. Van de Weyer, Belgian Minister at the Court of St James's) in 1869, they had two sons and two daughters. Esher was educated at Eton and at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Esher was MP for Penryn and Falmouth, 1880-1885, and Private Secretary to the Marquess of Hartington, 1878-1885. He was Secretary to HM Office of Works, 1895-1902, and Chairman of the War Office Reconstitution Committee in 1904. Esher was also Deputy Governor of Windsor Castle [Berkshire] from 1901-28 (and Governor from 1928 until his death in 1930) and a permanent member of the Committee of Imperial Defence from 1905.

The collection includes: Lord Esher's journals; general, political, royal, personal and literary correspondence; political papers, particularly on army reform and India; literary papers; press cuttings.

The papers were mainly deposited by Lord Esher, with one addition from Captain Stephen Roskill.

The papers have been arranged in series of: journals; letters and memoranda; correspondence; papers; and literary material.

The papers are on permanent loan to the Churchill College from the Esher family.

Access and Use

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Churchill Archives Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. A prior appointment and two forms of identification are required.

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holder and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Please cite as Churchill Archives Centre, The Papers of Viscount Esher (Reginald Brett), ESHR

Further information

"The journals and letters of Lord Esher" have been edited by Maurice V Brett and published in four volumes (Ivor Nicholson and Watson Limited, London, 1934-1938). Copies are available for consultation in Churchill Archives Centre's Reading Room.

There is a collection of correspondence between Lord Esher and W K Stead in the Stead Papers (GBR/0014/STED 1/25).

The collection has been catalogued. This finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, the National Register of Archives, London and on the Janus website, http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk/. Printed copies of the complete catalogue are available at Churchill Archives Centre, and an online version is available from the Public Record Office's Access to Archives site (http://www.a2a.org.uk/).

The collection level description was prepared by Louise King and Natalie Adams of Churchill Archives Centre using information from the catalogue to the papers. Further series descriptions were added by Katharine Thomson in December 2005, and the catalogue was retro converted, with further series and file descriptions by Sandra Marsh in May 2007.

Index Terms
First World War (1914-1918)
Brett, Reginald Baliol (1852-1930) 2nd Viscount Esher, politician
Churchill/ESHR contains:
1 Journals: originals.
4 volumes.
Jun 1872-Dec 1890
2 Journals: copies.
21 volumes.
Apr 1870-Aug 1922
3 Journals: Lady Esher.
1 volume.
4 Letters and memoranda.
11 volumes.
Jan 1898-Dec 1919
5 Correspondence: general.
63 volumes.
Aug 1867-Jan 1930
6 Correspondence: royal.
9 files.
Aug 1878-Mar 1923
7 Correspondence: family.
55 volumes and 1 file.
8 Correspondence: friends.
6 volumes.
Aug 1875-Sep 1929
9 Correspondence: William Johnson Cory.
23 volumes.
Jul 1868-Jan 1892
10 Correspondence: political.
54 volumes.
1861-Dec 1919
11 Correspondence: literary.
8 volumes.
Dec 1892-May 1913
12 Correspondence: miscellaneous.
11 volumes.
Mar 1848-Feb 1933
13 Papers: Asia and Africa.
13 volumes.
14 Papers: Office of Works.
5 volumes.
Jun 1886-May 1911
15 Papers: South African War Commission.
9 volumes.
Oct 1902-Mar 1904
16 Papers: army reform.
17 volumes.
17 Papers: Navy and Admiral 1st Lord Fisher.
5 volumes.
1902-Jan 1919
18 Papers: royal occasions.
8 volumes.
Jul 1885-Jun 1911
19 Papers: miscellaneous.
7 volumes.
Feb 1873–1929
20 Papers: death of Lord Esher.
4 volumes.
Jan 1930-Feb 1930
21 Literary: printed.
24 volumes.
22 Literary: manuscripts.
20 volumes.
23 Newspaper cuttings.
13 volumes.
24 Miscellanea.
7 volumes and 1 file.

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