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Thursfield, Sir James Richard, Journalist (1840-1923)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0064 THU/1-2
Held at: National Maritime Museum
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Full title: Thursfield, Sir James Richard, Journalist (1840-1923)
Date(s): [1894-1910]
Level of description: Subfonds
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Extent: 2ft; 61cm
Name of creator(s): Thursfield | Sir | James Richard | 1840-1923 | Journalist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Thursfield joined the Times as a leader writer in 1877 and by about 1880 he had begun to specialize in naval affairs. He represented the Times in the naval manoeuvres of 1887 and in every subsequent year when correspondents were admitted. When Mahan's book The influence of sea power upon history appeared in 1890, Thursfield's review was the first that adequately recognized its importance. He lectured at the invitation of the Staff College, Camberley, in 1902 on the 'Higher policy of defence' and at this time became closely associated with Sir John (later Lord) Fisher (1841-1920). After the war he wrote the four naval volumes of the Times documentary history of the war. Thursfield was knighted in 1920.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir James Richard Thursfield, comprising correspondence with Sir John Fisher, 1900 to 1908, articles and pamphlets by Thursfield, 1906 to 1910, reports on naval manoeuvres, 1894 to 190, and a long series of confidential Admiralty and official memoranda sent to him by Fisher.

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Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were presented in 1947 by Sir James Thursfield's son, Rear-Admiral H.C Thursfield.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Edited by Sarah Drewery, Oct 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.

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