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Senate House Library, University of London

Toynbee, Arnold (1852-1883)


Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL 230

Held at: Senate House Library, University of London

Title: Toynbee, Arnold (1852-1883)

Date(s): 10 December 1878

Level of description: Collection level (fonds)

Extent: 2 leaves

Name of creator(s): Toynbee | Arnold | 1852-1883 | social philosopher and economist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Arnold Toynbee was born in London, 1889; educated locally before studying at Pembroke College and Balliol College, Oxford. Toybnee took his degree in 1878 and began working as a tutor at Balliol soon after; became bursar of the college in 1881 and was about to be appointed a fellow when he died of meningitis in 1883, aged 30. Besides his academic work, Toynbee gave public lectures to working class audiences in industrial towns and was much concerned with social issues. Today he is remembered as a leading Liberal thinker and for establishing the term 'Industrial Revolution' in academic discourse.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Arnold Toynbee, 1878, comprise a letter to 'My dear Rector' [Mark Pattison, Rector of Lincoln College Oxford mentioning the 1853 edition of William Cobbett's Rural Rides, with notes by James Paul Cobbett. 'It is singular that the son should have caught the father's power of genuine description so perfectly. I should very much like to shew you William Cobbett's book, and, if you will allow me, I will bring it next term for you to see... I ought to say how grateful I am to Montefiore for the introduction he gave me to you...'.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

1 item.

Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Physical characteristics:

7" x 4.5".

Finding aids:

Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:



Related material:

A copy of the 1853 edition of 'Rural Rides' is available in Senate House Library Special Collections - classmark: Burns 3172.



This document is inserted in J P Cobbett A Ride of Eight Hundred Miles in France (1827) (copy formerly belonging to Mark Pattison)- Library classmark [G.L.] Ld [Cobbett, J.P.] (no 2 copy). To request the document, please place an order for the volume, specifying that you wish to see the autograph letter AL230.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Samantha Velumyl, AIM25 cataloguer.

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: May 2008.

Agricultural development | Agricultural economics
Travel writing | Nonfiction
Literary forms and genres

Personal names
Cobbett | William | 1763-1835 | political writer and farmer x Porcupine | Peter
Toynbee | Arnold | 1852-1883 | social philosopher and economist

Corporate names