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Political correspondence and papers of Archibald Philip Primrose (1847-1929), 5th Earl of Rosebery, statesman and author.

Identifier: MSS.10001-10216

Scope and Contents

Rosebery, styled Lord Dalmeny from the death of his father in 1851 until he succeeded his grandfather in the earldom in 1868, held various public offices including those of Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, 1881-1883, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, February to July 1886, and again in 1892-1894, and was Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury from 5 March 1894 to 25 June 1895, remaining leader of the Liberal party till 1898.

The papers consist chiefly of Rosebery's political correspondence, special and general, with files relating to Foreign Office business, honours applications, the Liberal League and other subjects. They are supplemented by a number of literary, historical and political notebooks, although it should be noted that Rosebery's personal correspondence and his diary are not included in the papers. The collection also contains papers relating to the preparation of ‘Lord Rosebery’ (London, 1931), by the Marquess of Crewe, and some miscellaneous papers of Rosebery's mother, Catherine Duchess of Cleveland.


  • Creation: 1860-1927, undated.

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216 Volumes

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The papers are arranged as follows:

MSS.10001-10070. Correspondence with individuals. MSS.10071-131. General correspondence. MSS.10132-10167. Official correspondence. MSS.10168-10178. Miscellaneous papers. MSS.10179-10193. Notebooks. MSS.10194. Printed material. MSS.10195-10205. Crewe papers. MSS.10206-10216. Cleveland papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 1966, by Lord Primrose (later 7th Earl of Rosebery).


The Rosebery Papers were used extensively by the Marquess of Crewe in his ‘Lord Rosebery’ (London, 1931), and by Robert Rhodes James for his ‘Rosebery’ (London, 1963).
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