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Ward Family Papers

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0103 MS ADD 202
Held at: University College London
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Full title: Ward Family Papers
Date(s): 1871-1955
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 10 boxes
Name of creator(s): Ward | Mary Augusta | 1851-1920 | novelist and social worker
Ward | Thomas Humphry | 1845-1926 | husband of Mary Augusta Ward
Ward | Dorothy | 1874-1964 | daughter of Mary Augusta Ward
Ward | Arnold Sandwith | 1876-1950 | son of Mary Augusta Ward
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Thomas Humphry Ward, who married Mary Augusta Arnold in 1872, was a Fellow of Brasenose College Oxford, where he was Tutor from 1870 to 1881, when the family moved to London. There he wrote leaders for The Times, while his wife reviewed books for the Pall Mall Gazette and for The Times itself, as well as writing articles for Macmillan's Magazine. In 1884 Mrs Humphry Ward's novel Miss Bretherton appeared, to be followed by Robert Elsmere, her first major novel, in 1888, and by over twenty-five other novels. In 1908 she was one of the founders of the Women's National Anti-Suffrage League. During the First World War, Mary Ward was asked by Theodore Roosevelt to undertake a series of articles to explain to Americans what England was doing during the war. After Eton and Oxford, Arnold Ward acted as Special Correspondent for The Times in Egypt, the Sudan and India from 1899 to 1902. He then studied for the Bar and in 1910 became MP for West Hertfordshire. In 1914-1915 he served with the Hertfordshire Yeomanry in Egypt and Cyprus. Dorothy Ward helped with the work of the Passmore Edwards Settlement (now Mary Ward House) which her mother founded, and with children's play centres and a school for invalid children. She accompanied her mother to visit war zones in France during the First World War.


Scope and content/abstract:

The collection contains family diaries and appointment books of Thomas Humphry Ward and Mary Augusta Ward, 1871-1926; personal diaries of Dorothy Ward, 1889-1955; family letters of Arnold Ward, 1890-1915; newspaper cuttings, 1891-1920.

Access & Use

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Conditions governing access:

Open. The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Finding aids:

A detailed list is available on the online catalogue

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to Unversity College London in 1969 and 1970 by Mrs Mary Moorman, grand-daughter of Thomas Humphry and Mary Augusta Ward.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For further papers of members of the Ward family, see the National Register of Archives.

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Date(s) of descriptions:
6 July 1999

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