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Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine

BEIT, Sir Otto (1865-1930)


Reference code(s): GB 0098 B/BEIT

Held at: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine

Title: BEIT, Sir Otto (1865-1930)

Date(s): Created 1909-1932

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 2 files

Name of creator(s): Beit | Sir | Otto John | 1865-1930 | 1st Baronet | financier and philanthropist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in Germany, 1865; Director, British South Africa Company; Director, Rhodesia Railways Ltd; Member, Governing Body of Imperial College, 1912-1930; Trustee of the Rhodes Trust, and Beit Railway Trust for Rhodesia; founded Beit Memorial Trust for Medical Research; established the Beit Fellowship at Imperial College in memory of his brother Alfred, 1913; created 1st Baronet, 1924; died, 1930.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to Sir Otto Beit, 1909-1932, comprising his correspondence with Imperial College administration department, and correspondence concerning his bequest to the College, 1930-1931.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

2 files

Conditions governing access:

Researchers wishing to consult the Archives should first contact the College Archivist, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ, for an appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A photocopying service is available at the discretion of the Archivist. Photocopies are supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

A catalogue is available at the College Archives.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Accumulated by Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine during the course of business.

Immediate source of acquisition:


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

Records of the Beit Fellowship (GF), held at Imperial College.

Correspondence with Philip Lyttelton Gell, 1909-1925, held at the Derbyshire Record Office (reference: D3287/BSA); letters to Lord Gladstone, 1915-1921, held at the British Library, Manuscript Collections (reference: Add MSS 46082-84); correspondence relating to Beit Memorial Fellowship, 1912, 1926, held at Royal Holloway College Library (reference: AR383/4/1).

Publication note:

Alfred Beit. A study of the man and his work George Seymour Fort (Nicholson & Watson, London, 1932).



Archivist's note: Sources: Who Was Who (A & C Black, 1947, volume III); National Register of Archives; British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97. Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: 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: December 2000


Personal names
Beit | Alfred | 1853-1906 | financier and benefactor
Beit | Sir | Otto John | 1865-1930 | 1st Baronet | financier and philanthropist

Corporate names
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine