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Abbas Hilmi II Papers

Collection Details

Abbas Hilmi II Papers held at University of Durham Library [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

The Abbas Hilmi II Papers consist mainly of the official and personal correspondence of the last Khedive of Egypt, from the period of his khedivate, 1892-1914 as well as his life in exile from 1914 to 1944. The official letters cover political, social and economic affairs in Egypt, the British in Egypt and, to a lesser extent, the Sudan, Egypt's relations with Britain, Turkey and the rest of Europe, the Khedive's relations with other royalty and his conflicts with the British administrators. After his deposition, the papers reflect his involvement with the Egyptian nationalist movement and his continued interest in Egyptian and European affairs.

History and development

The collection was deposited on loan to the University of Durham by the Mohamed Ali foundation in 1980.


The strength of the collection is the obvious one of gathering together the papers of an Egyptian ruler.

General arrangement and access regulations

The papers are arranged in three sections: 1) Official, Political and Diplomatic 2) Estates, Business interests, Finances and Property 3) Personal The papers comprise some 344 files and about 140 pamphlets. Each file consists mainly of correspondence written to Abbas Hilmi II from one individual or a number of individuals, or on a particular subject. Within each section the files are arranged and listed chronologically as far as possible. (The archive reference code for this collection is GB-0033-HIL).

Subjects of the Collection

Regions of Asia

Near & Middle East and North Africa.

Languages of material

Arabic, English, French, German, Turkish, Ottoman (1500-1928).


History, International relations, Politics and government.

Names relevant to the collection:

Abbas II, Khedive of Egypt, 1874-1944

Collection Material and Size of Collection

Material Types

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

Total size of collection

72 boxes

Collection Management Information

The collection is not being actively developed.

Content date range

1880 to 1951 AD

Interlibrary loan procedure

The originals of the Abbas Hilmi II Papers are not available for consultation. Microfilms of the papers, including photographs not deposited, are accessible to bona fide researchers who should make advance application to the Archives and Special Collections section.

Collection Catalogue Information


An online handlist is available

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