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Cope-Cornford, Leslie (1867-1927)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 CPC

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Cope-Cornford, Leslie (1867-1927)

Date(s): [1902-1938]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 1 1/2ft; 46cm

Name of creator(s): Cornford | Leslie | Cope- | 1867-1927 | journalist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Cope-Cornford was an architect who turned to writing. His contributions to the National Observer attracted the attention of Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), who was to remain a lifelong friend. In 1905 he went to Berlin to gather material on the Imperial German Navy. He became naval correspondent and leader writer of for the Old and, on its demise, joined the staff of The Morning Post as naval correspondent, becoming second leader writer in 1915. He was a critic of Admiral Fisher's (1841-1920) policies. He wrote many articles for Punch, edited the Memoirs of Admiral Lord Beresford by himself (London, 1914) and wrote a number of books on naval and maritime subjects.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Leslie Cope-Cornford, consisting of letters, 1902 to 1927, received by Cope-Cornford from Rudyard Kipling and others, thanking him for copies of his books, discussing the politics of the day and personal matters. The correspondence with Professor Sir Geoffrey Callender (1875-1946), refers to a scheme to establish a national maritime museum and there are many letters from Callender to Mrs Cope-Cornford, 1928 to 1938. Also present are two volumes of Press Cuttings of his own work, serving as a portfolio of his journalistic career.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were acquired from Mrs Cope-Cornford in 1932.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Jun 2011.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2010-10-11


Personal names
Callender | Sir | Geoffrey Arthur Romaine | 1875-1946 | Knight | naval historian
Cornford | Leslie | Cope- | 1867-1927 | journalist
Kipling | Rudyard | 1865-1936 | author

Corporate names