The Curzon Collection comprises the correspondence and papers of George Nathaniel Curzon, Marquess Curzon of Kedleston (1859-1925), Parliamentary Under-Secretary, India Office 1891-92 and Foreign Office 1895-98; Viceroy of India 1898-1905; Lord Privy Seal 1915-16; Lord President of the Council and member of the War Cabinet 1916-19; Foreign Secretary 1919-24. It illuminates every period of his life from childhood until death. It also includes some material relating to other members of his family. Other material relating to Curzon, and the first Lady Curzon, will be found elsewhere in the India Office Private Papers.
History and development
The Curzon Collection was received in various stages between 1962 and 1977.
Particular strengths are the papers relating to his Viceroyalty and Foreign Secretaryship.
General arrangement and access regulations
The Catalogue is arranged according to the broad phases of Curzon's career, or material type.
Subjects of the Collection
Regions of Asia
Central Asia and the Caucasus, East Asia, Near & Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, South East Asia.
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Pakistan, Tibet.
Languages of material
Archaeology, Arts, Education, Geography, History, International relations, Politics and government, Travel, Women.
Collection Material and Size
Archival materials (includes non-published & mixed material), Books, Manuscripts, Official publications.
Total size of collection
1464 volumes or files