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Letters and papers of Sir Frederick Young

Title Letters and papers of Sir Frederick Young
Reference GBR/0115/RCMS 54
(former reference: MSS 11c99y)
Creator Young, Sir, Frederick, 1817-1913, Knight, traveller and writer on imperial affairs
Covering Dates circa 1842–2005
Extent and Medium 2 boxes; paper; Mixed
Repository Cambridge University Library: Royal Commonwealth Society Library
Content and context

Sir Frederick Young (1817-1913), K.C.M.G., was born on 21 June 1817 in Limehouse, London, the son of George Frederick Young, M.P. He was educated in Homerton before becoming a merchant in London. In 1869 he began an association with the Royal Colonial Institute that was to last for the rest of his life and saw him become the Institute's Vice-President and Honorary Secretary. Young served as a J.P. and Deputy-Lieutenant. He promoted the permanent union of the colonies with the Mother Country and published works on imperial federation and the empire. He also travelled widely, visiting Canada, Greece, South Africa and Turkey. He died on 9 November 1913.

The largest part of the collection is comprised of correspondence on a range of topics, notably the empire and imperial federation. The papers also include an autobiography, Sir Frederick's speeches and pamphlets, press cuttings and other material relating to Young's life and career.

Presented by Ethel Young, granddaughter of Sir Frederick Young, 1936, with the exception of RCMS 54/2/7, presented by J.R. Boosé, 1915-1916, and Evans Lewin, c. 1916; RCMS 54/2/6 and 54/6/1-2, added to the collection, 1978; and RCMS 54/6/4 and the photocopied letter in RCMS 54/2/7, presented by Jay Underwood, 2005.

Access and Use

Please cite as Cambridge University Library: Royal Commonwealth Society Library, Letters and papers of Sir Frederick Young, RCMS 54

Further information

The R.C.S. Manuscripts Collection includes a memoir of Sir Frederick Young, RCMS 55. Some letters addressed to Sir Frederick Young as Secretary of the Royal Colonial Institute, and not of a personal nature, form part of the main collection of R.C.S. autograph letters.

MSS Addenda, vol. I; Donald H. Simpson, ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society' (London, 1975), p. 49 and 50. A brief description of the papers is with the collection. Indexed

This collection level description was created by RAS using information from the original typescript catalogue and Donald Simpson's R.C.S. catalogue. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the enry on Sir Frederick Young in 'Who was who', vol. I, 1897-1915 (London, 1966), p. 787.

Index Terms
Royal Colonial Institute
Young, Sir Frederick (1817-1913) Knight, traveller and writer on imperial affairs
RCS/RCMS 54 contains:
1 Autobiography. 'Memories', Sir Frederick Young's undated autobiography, covering up to 1900, 85 pages.
1 volume.
1870–1913
2 Correspondence.
3 envelopes, 2 folders + 2 volumes.
1863–1935
3 Pamphlets. Pamphlets on the empire by Sir Frederick Young, with addresses, press cuttings and letters, including material concerning imperial federation. The papers originally formed File III (see RCMS 54/2).
2 envelopes.
1842–1935
4 Press cuttings.
3 volumes.
1871–1936
5 Public speeches and addresses. Copies of speeches and addresses by Sir Frederick Young, other than those given in his published books or included in 'Proceedings of the Royal Colonial Institute'. The speeches date from 1872-1909, but there is no indication of when the copies were made.
1 envelope.
1872–1913
6 General material.
3 envelopes + 1 box.
circa 1888–2005
7 Card index. An index to the collection compiled by Ethel Young at an unspecified date.
1 box.
1913–1936

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