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John Pope-Hennessy papers, 1617-1995, bulk 1930-1995

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Pope-Hennessy (John) Papers
Series VII. Pope-Hennessy family papers, 1617-1995 41 Linear Feet (75 boxes, 1 flatfile folder)
The family papers form a large portion of the archive and document Pope-Hennessy's family, including his father, Ladislas Herbert Richard Pope-Hennessy (1875-1942), his mother, Dame Una Constance (née Birch) Pope-Hennessy (1876-1949), his brother, James Pope-Hennessy (1916-1974), and his grandfather, Sir John Pope-Hennessy (1834-1891). Included are family letters, mostly from Una and James, revealing their intellectual relationship with Pope-Hennessy. This section also includes manuscripts of published and unpublished works by his mother and brother. Another notable part of this section is correspondence from members of their social circle including Bertrand Russell, Logan Pearsall Smith, and Cecil Beaton. Additionally, Ladilas's papers contain material related to his military work as major-general as well as his political involvement with the Irish Dominion. A small number of papers belonging to Pope-Hennessy's grandfather also concern political matters and his colonial service as governor. Other family papers include clippings, notes, and personal items such as birth certificates, agendas, and passports.
Arrangement note
Arranged by family member.
Pope-Hennessy, Una, circa 1886-1949
John Pope-Hennessy's mother, Una, was a productive author of historical and biographical studies whose published works include Early Chinese Jades (1923), Agnes Strickland (1940), and Charles Dickens (1945). She socialized with the cultural elite such as W.B. Yeats and Bertrand Russell and was actively involved in political matters including the Irish Dominion. Una was also a member of the Central Prisoners of War Committee where she provided aid for British prisoners of war in Germany. Una was awarded the honor of Dame of the British Empire (DBE) for her work in the committee.
Correspondence, circa 1886-1949
Family letters, circa 1886-1949
Letters written by Una to her family.
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145-146 Pope-Hennessy, Ladislas Herbert Richard, 1909-1929
Also includes letters from Una's husband.
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146-147 Pope-Hennessy, John, 1914-1949
Also includes a small number of letters to James Pope-Hennessy and others.
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147-148 Pope-Hennessy, James, 1933-1949
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149 1-3 Birch family, circa 1886-1932
Contains letters written by Una as a child and correspondence from her family. Includes black-and-white photographs of war hero Julian Watts-Russell as well as his handkerchief.
149 4-6 Elliot, Arthur, 1906-1922
Letters to and from the Honorable Arthur Elliot. Also includes a small number of letters from Hugh Elliot.
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150 1-4 Prichard, M.S., 1923-1935
Contains letters from Prichard to Una as well as transcripts of correspondence to Isabella Stewart Gardner. Also includes six engraved prints and Prichard's manuscripts: "Love & Creation," "Northern Spain," and other works.
150 5 Russell, Bertrand, 1904-1921
Letters from Russell, with photocopies of Una's letters to him.
Various, 1902-1949
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151 From Una, circa 1902
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151-152 To Una, 1902-1949, 1988
Letters to Una Pope-Hennessy. Includes correspondence from Lady Gregory, Rose Macaulay, Logan Pearsall Smith, Oliver Wendell Holmes, W. Hale White (Mark Rutherford), and W.B. Yeats. Box 152 contains photocopies of various correspondence from the New York Public Library made in 1988.
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152-153 Documents and personal papers, 1902-1949
Includes marriage certificate, will, and passport. Also contains miscellaneous items such as notes, address book, and invitations.
152-153 Clippings, 1914-1939
Contains articles referring to the Pope-Hennessy and Birch families as well as an album of clippings of articles written by Ladislas Pope-Hennessy. For more articles related to the family, see also boxes 159-160.
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153 7 Published articles, 1910-1949
Written by Una.
Manuscripts, 1832-1949
Contains both published and unpublished works by Una.
Titles, circa 1904-1949
Also includes untitled works.
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154 1 "Butterflies Near Berlin"
154 1 "Grosvenor Place"
154 1 "Mrs. Huth Jackson"
154 1 "Sediment"
154 1 "On Being Reviewed"
154 1 "Fragment of Russian Diary"
154 1 "Chronicles of the Wiseman Dining Society"
154 1 "American Folklore"
154 1 "Incense"
154 1 "Two Convents"
154 1 "Invalids"
154 1 "My Origin"
154 1 "Looking Back"
154 1 "Lady Gregory and Yeats"
154 2 "Sisters Royal"
154 3-5 "Lamartine"
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155 1 "In Search of Madame Roland"
155 1 "Marat in Newcastle"
155 1 "The Grand Duchess Catherine of Russia"
155 1 "Magician's Grave"
155 1 "London Cemeteries"
155 1 "Thirteen Letters from Pamela in Portugal"
155 1 "Monody"
155 1 "Not in Westminster Abby"
155 2 "The Crazy Circle"
155 3 Untitled ("My dear...")
155 4 "The Riddle of English Life"
155 5 "Charles Dickens at Home"
155 6 "Mrs. Green"
155 6 "Roger Casement"
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156 1 "The Vicious Circle"
156 1 "Savings"
156 1 "Christmas Eve"
156 1 "The Welcome"
156 1 "A Page of Irish History"
156 1 "Major Thomas Hamilton"
156 1 "Captain Marryatt"
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152, 156 "Mrs. Basil Hall"
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156 4 "Easter in Portugal"
156 5 "Days in Leningrad"
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157 1 "Regeneration"
Notes, research, and clippings, 1832-1949
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157 2-3 Papers, 1832-1939
Contains letters relating to Agnes Strickland.
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157-159 Notebooks, circa 1927-1945
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159-160 Press clippings, 1904-1949
Contains mostly reviews for Una's publications but also includes a small number of clippings related to the Pope-Hennessy family.
Pope-Hennessy, Ladislas Herbert Richard, 1887-1942, 1985
Ladislas Pope-Hennessy was John's father and served as a major-general in the military. Politically, he was a member of the British Liberal Party and along with his wife, Una, supported the Irish Dominion. Ladislas published articles for both the military and on his political interests.
Correspondence, 1887-1929, 1941-1942
Family letters, circa 1887-1929
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161 1-2 Pope-Hennessy, Una, 1914-1929
Letters by Ladislas to his wife.
161 3 Pope-Hennessy, Sir John and Thackwell, Catherine, circa 1887-1897
Letters from Ladislas's father and mother. Catherine Thackwell was also known as Lady Pope-Hennessy (first marriage) or Catherine Elizabeth Low (maiden name, daughter of Sir Hugh Low). Her second marriage was to Edward Francis Thackwell.
161 4 Birch, Sir Arthur, circa 1910
Letters to Una Pope-Hennessy's father.
Various, 1887-1929, 1941-1942
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161 5 To Ladislas, 1887-1929, 1941-1942
161 6 From Ladislas, 1912-1928
Includes a letter to Arthur Elliot.
161 7-8 Clippings, 1912, 1930-1942
Publications and clippings about Ladislas. For clippings of articles written by Ladislas, see box 153.
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161-162 Documents and personal papers, 1919-1940, 1985
Contains diaries, notes and personal documents including his birth certificate. Also includes a 1985 letter to John Pope-Hennessy from the Royal Military Academy regarding his father's papers. Also contains correspondence and papers from the Field Museum of Natural History.
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162-163 The Irish Dominion, 1917-1926
Includes correspondence, pamphlets, publications, clippings, and business papers.
Pope-Hennessy, Sir John, 1617-1994
John Pope-Hennessy's grandfather and namesake, Sir John was born in Cork, Ireland and eventually moved to London and worked in colonial service. He became governor of several territories including Labuan, Bahamas, Barbados, Hong Kong, and Mauritius. Known for being a progressive and liberal governor, streets were named after Sir John and a statue of him was built in Mauritius.
Correspondence, 1779, 1841-1910
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164 1 Family letters, 1853-1865
Contains letters from Sir John to his parents and relatives.
Various, 1779, 1841-1910
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164 2 To Sir John, 1779, 1841-1910
Includes letters to Sir John from Leigh Hunt, Matthew Arnold, and Princess Mathilde. Also contains unidentified papers and correspondence that is not to/from Sir John.
164 3 From Sir John, 1881-1891
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165 1-4 Newton, Sir William, 1883-1889
Personal papers, clippings, and government documents, 1617, 1708, 1816, 1845-1891
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165-167 General papers
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217*-219* Governor certificates
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2** Oversize documents
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166 Papers and publications on Sir John Pope-Hennessy, 1894-1912, 1960, 1974, 1992-1994
166 Research papers on Sir Hugh Low, 1897, 1952-1968
Pope-Hennessy, James, 1919-1995
John Pope-Hennessy's younger brother, James, was strongly influenced by his mother and also became a published author and historian. He is best known for the biography, Queen Mary (1959) as well as other works including Monckton Milnes; The Years of Promise, 1809-1851 (1949), Sins of the Fathers: A Study of the Atlantic Slave Traders, 1441-1807 (1967), and Anthony Trollope (1971). In 1974, James was murdered in his London home at the age of 58. Additional material by and relating to James Pope-Hennessy can be found in the James Pope-Hennessy papers and manuscripts, Accession No. 2020.M.5.
Correspondence, 1919-1975, 1993, 1995
Family letters, 1919-1972
Pope-Hennessy, John, 1935-1972
Letters from James; organized by location (original order has been retained).
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168 1 Austria, 1958
168 2 Château de Maillebois, 1950s-1960s
168 3 Dominica, 1952-1953
168 4 Hagnau, 1960-1961
168 5 Hong Kong, 1967
168 6 Ireland, 1962-1971
168 7 Italy, 1951-1959
168 8 London, 1955-1971
168 9 Mauritius and Labuan, 1960-1963
168 10 Scandinavia, Holland, etc., 1950-1966
168 11 Schonberg-in-dem-Taunus, 1953-1961
168 12 Scotland, 1971
168 13 USA, Jamaica, Barbados, and Fiji, 1965-1974
168 14-16 West Africa, 1950-1966
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169-170 Miscellaneous, 1935-1972
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171 1-10 Pope-Hennessy, Una, 1929-1949
Letters to James's mother. Also contains a small number of letters from Una.
171 11 Pope-Hennessy, Ladislas Herbert Richard, 1919-1939
Letters to and from James's father.
Adams, Len, 1949-1973, 1995
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172 1-2 To James Pope-Hennessy, 1949-1973
172 3-4 From James Pope-Hennessy, 1949-1972
172 5 Mrs. Walter de Janzé Hayden (Paola), 1952-1956, 1995
Contains correspondence from de Janze Hayden to Len Adams. Also includes a small number of letters from James Pope-Hennessy to de Janze Hayden.
Beaton, Cecil, 1941-1965
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173 1 To James Pope-Hennessy, 1941-1965
173 2 From James Pope-Hennessy, 1945-1974
Photocopies of letters to Beaton.
173 3 Cholmondeley, Lady John (Christina), 1963-1971
173 4-6 Churchill, Clarissa (Countess of Avon), 1938-1963
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174 1 Colston-Baynes, Dorothy, 1937-1962
174 2 Crawfurd, Diana, 1962-1965
174 3-4 Lady Crewe, 1951-1963
174 5 Curtiss, Mina, 1972
Contains correspondence from James Pope-Hennessy.
174 6 Gandron, Maurice T., 1947-1957
174 7-8 Janzé, Nolwen de (Lady Clark), 1945-1970
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175 1-2 Lascelles, Sir Alan ("Tommy"), 1943-1967
175 3 Lees-Milne, James and Avilde, 1940-1962
175 4 Madigan, Leo, 1951-1973
175 5-6 Moore, Joan (Countess of Drogheda), 1948-1967
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176 1 Nicolson, Harold, 1936-1964
176 2 Nicolson, Nigel, 1936-1973
176 3 Noailles, Marie-Laure de, 1950-1952
176 4-5 Paget, Lady Victor (Bridget), 1943-1971
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177 1 Parsons, Lady Bridget, 1952-1961
177 2 Paul, 1939, 1955
Last name is unknown. Contains letters written by James Pope-Hennessy from Trinidad.
177 3 Smith, Logan Pearsall, 1943-1944
177 4 Sackville-West, Vita, 1938-1959
177 5 Sitwell, Edith, 1948, 1955
177 6 Treloar, A., 1933-1939
Vinson, Billy, 1945-1974
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177 7 To James Pope-Hennessy, 1945-1974
177 8-10 From James Pope-Hennessy, 1945-1946
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178-180, 215 Waterfield, Kitty, 1950-1972; 1993
Letters to Una Pope-Hennessy's secretary and wife of Gordon Waterfield. One letter from Waterfield's daughter in 1993 indicates that these letters were given to John. Also includes a small number of letters from Kitty Waterfield.
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181 Wignall, Anne, 1948-1973
Miscellaneous, 1937-1974
Includes business correspondence related to his publications.
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182 1 From James Pope-Hennessy, 1951-1968
To James Pope-Hennessy, 1937-1974
By topic, 1949, 1958-1960
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182 2 Encouragement, 1958-1959
182 3 Una Pope-Hennessy's death, 1949, 1960
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182-184, 215 Various, 1937-1974
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184-185 Unidentified, 1939-1971
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186, 216* Documents and personal papers, 1924-1976
Includes passports, birth certificate, will, funeral papers, journals, and an address book. Also includes papers and correspondence related to James's estate, the majority of which were sent to and handled by John.
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187-188 Agendas, 1945-1974
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189-190, 215, 216* Clippings, 1939-1974, 1981, 1987
Comprised mostly of press clippings about James's publications but also includes his published articles. Also contains obituaries and clippings about James Pope-Hennessy's biography, A Lonely Business.
Manuscripts and notes, 1931-1974, 1979
Contains published and unpublished works.
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191-192 Anthony Trollope, 1951-1973
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192 4 "The Ashtray," March 1969
192 5-6 Aspects of Provence, 1947-1949
192 7 "An Autumn Day with Marmontel," undated
192 8-9 Clouet and French Portraiture, undated
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193 1 "The Guerdon," undated
193 2-4 Half Crown Colony: A Historical Profile of Hong Kong, 1967
193 5 "Hans Holbein," undated
193 6 "Journey to the City," March 1941
193 7 "A King's Story," 1964-1965
193 8 "Lady Salter," undated
193 9 "A Londoner in Washington," undated
193 10 "My 55th Birthday in Heriot Row," 1971
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193, 215 Nöel Coward, 1973-1974
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193 13 "No. 8 Pelham Place," undated
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194-208, 215 Queen Mary, 1867-1953, 1931-1969, 1979
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209-210 Monckton Milnes: The Years of Promise, 1809-1851, 1949
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193 14 "St. Mary Le Bow," undated
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211-213, 215, 216* Sins of the Fathers: A Study of the Atlantic Slave Traders, 1441-1807, 1964-1971
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214 Verandah: Some Episodes in the Crown Colonies, 1962-1968
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193, 215 Fiction manuscripts, undated
Includes "Loosestrife," "The Obsession," "Anything For a Change," and untitled works.
Miscellaneous, undated
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193 16-21 General papers
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1** Oversize papers
Papers originally from box 193, folder 17.


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