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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0103 BROUGHAM
Held at: University College London
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Date(s): 15th century-1932
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 929 boxes (including 8 large), 2 volumes
Name of creator(s): Atkinson | James | fl 1817-1835 | Whig agent
Brougham | family | of Brougham, Westmorland
Brougham | Henry | 1778-1868 | 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux | Lord Chancellor
Brougham | James | 1780-1833 | MP
Brougham | John Waugh | 1785-1829
Brougham | William | 1795-1886 | 2nd Baron Brougham and Vaux
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Members of the Brougham family of Brougham, Westmorland, included Henry, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux (1778-1868), who served as Lord Chancellor, 1830-1834; James (1780-1833); John Waugh (1785-1829); and William, 2nd Baron Brougham and Vaux (1795-1886).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Brougham family of Brougham, comprising correspondence and papers of four brothers, Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux, c1790-1866, William Brougham, 2nd Baron Brougham and Vaux, 1813-1886, James Brougham, 1796-1833, John Waugh Brougham, 1809-1829, of their political associate James Atkinson, 1817-1835, and family and estate papers, 15th century-1932 (largely 19th century).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English, and some French

System of arrangement:

The papers comprise the sub-fonds listed in 'Scope and content'.

Conditions governing access:

Certain restrictions apply. This material is unsorted and uncatalogued. Please allow a minimum of 6 weeks for material to be retrieved.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Normal copyright restrictions apply.

Finding aids:

See descriptions of the constituent sub-fonds available online. Various handlists and indexes are available at University College London Special Collections, but some parts of the collection are uncatalogued. Some finding aids are available at

Archival Information

Archival history:

The papers were stored at the family seat, Brougham Hall, which passed out of the family in 1934. They came into the possession of the Orthological Institute in 1938 and, then comprising 20 packing cases, were sold at Sotheby's in 1939 by the 4th Lord Brougham and bought by C K Ogden. When at Sotheby's the papers were described as being disordered, but showing evidence of previous order. About half the papers were filed in annual bundles, but others were filed alphabetically; some related only to the years of Lord Brougham's Chancellorship; some were labelled with the names of individual political personages (for use in Brougham's autobiography); groups of documents relating to London University, Queen Caroline's trial, and the development of Cannes were preserved together; but at least 100 bundles which had come untied were in a state of confusion. An article by C K Ogden in Psyche, xviii (1938-1952), pp 127-204, details the history of Brougham's papers, Brougham's composition of his memoirs, and his brother William's involvement after Henry's death. During World War Two some papers were housed at Reading University Library, others retained by Ogden, and the papers were moved to Gordon Square in 1944 or 1945.

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers came to University College London as part of the Ogden Library in 1953 on loan from the Nuffield Foundation, but were presented to University College London in 1956.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

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 2001

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