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Curzon Collection

Collection Details

Curzon Collection held at Asian and African Studies [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

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 of Collection

Material Types

Archival materials (includes non-published & mixed material), Books, Manuscripts, Official publications.

Total size of collection

1464 volumes or files

Collection Management Information

The collection is not being actively developed.

Content date range

1859 to 1925 AD

Collection Catalogue Information


A catalogue is included in the automated catalogue of India Office Private Papers available in the Reading Room (and shortly to be available on the Worldwide Web). The catalogue is also available in microform in the 'National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the UK & Ireland' (Chadwyck-Healey).

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