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HOLLAND, Sydney, 2nd Viscount Knutsford (1855-1931)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0387 PP/KNU
Held at: Royal London Hospital
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Full title: HOLLAND, Sydney, 2nd Viscount Knutsford (1855-1931)
Date(s): 1897-1963
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Holland | Sydney George | 1855-1931 | 2nd Viscount Knutsford | hospital reformer


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1855; Baronet, 1853; educated, Wellington College; called to the Bar, 1879; Baron, 1888; Director English, Scottish, and Australian Bank; Director, Underground Electric Railways Company; Director, City and South London Railway; Director, London and Scottish Life Assurance Company; Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge; Chairman, Poplar Hospital, 1891, President, 1920; Chairman, London Hospital House Committee, 1896-1931; succeeded his father as Viscount Knutsford, 1914; died, 1931.
Publications: In Black and White (Edward Arnold, 1927); Nursing as a profession [post-1914]; Eva C Lückes [1919].


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of, and relating to, Sydney Holland, 2nd Viscount Knutsford, 1897-1963, comprising printed works relating to the London Hospital, 1910-1963; scrapbooks containing press cuttings, letters, jokes, poems, [1900-1930];

notes and texts of speeches, including to Nurses and Probationers, 1897-1918; Mansion House, 1897-1908; lay staff and medical students, 1900-1905; Public Schools; Hospital Sunday addresses; 1911-1930; in the House of Lords on education and shell-shock, 1916-1918; address in memory of Edith Cavell, 1918; various speeches, including against Communism, 1919-1923; broadcast appeal, 1923; tribute to Florence Nightingale; in the House of Lords on the proposed Union of Benefices and Disposal of Churches (Metropolis) Measure, 1926, and related correspondence and papers regarding City churches, 1921-1926;

papers and correspondence, including printed address by Florence Nightingale to Nurses/Probationers, 1897; letters from Eva Lückes, [1898-1901]; copy of letter from Princess Alexandra, regarding introduction of Finsen Light treatment, 1899; copy letter regarding behaviour of Sir Frederick Eve, 1913; 'Nursing as a Profession' by Sydney Holland; memoir of Eva Lückes, [1919]; letter from Queen Alexandra, thanking him for his good wishes and for lending her some photographs, 1919; papers and correspondence relating to the celebration of 25 years of Lord Knutsford's Chairmanship, 1922; Quinquennial Appeal, 1928;

press cuttings, appeal literature and pen portrait of Sydney Holland from Vanity Fair, 1894; photographs of Lord Knutsford writing begging letters, [1904-1931], with Queen Alexandra; Skeleton stories for children by K[nutsford]; obituaries, letters and papers relating to Lord Knutsford's death and his memorial, 1931-1933;

correspondence to Lady Knutsford in response to her newspaper appeal for information about Lord Knutsford for a biography, containing anecdotes, copies of letters from Lord Knutsford to various correspondents and reminiscences; agreements for publication of biography, [1934-1936]; photocopies of letters from Queen Alexandra, [1912-1924].

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

PP/KNU/1 - Speeches and notes, 1897 - 1931; PP/KNU/2 - Correspondence, 1898 - 1929; PP/KNU/3 - Publications, 1910 - 1925; PP/KNU/4 - Obituaries, Memorial and Gore Biography, 1931 - 1936; PP/KNU/5 - Photographs, [c. 1904] - 1931; PP/KNU/6 - Miscellaneous Items, 1897 - [c. 1931]

Conditions governing access:

Researchers wishing to consult the Archives should first contact the Trust Archivist, The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, London, E1 1BB, 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.

Finding aids:

A list is available at the Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated by Mr Alastair Graham in 1980.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Papers of the Chairmen of the House Committee (reference: LH/A/25), various drawings and photographs of Knutsford (reference: LH/P, LH/X), scroll presented to Lord Knutsford, 1921 (reference: LH/X/19), correspondence with Ernest Morris and Dr Henry Head, 1918-1921 (reference: LH/A/23), photographs of Knutsford's daughter, Lucy Holland Hibbert in London Hospital uniform (reference: LH/P), held by the Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum. The museum also holds portraits in oil and personalia of Knutsford.

Correspondence with Sir Henry Burdett, 1894-1920, held by the Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts (reference: MSS Eng b 2068-69, c 5894-6032, d 2867-89); letters to Lord Haldane, 1906-1930, held by the National Library of Scotland, Manuscripts Division (reference: MSS 5913-6039); correspondence with Lord Northcliffe, 1908-1921, held by the British Library (reference: Add MS 62168); letters from leaders of 1889 dock strike, 1890-1912, undated, held by Warwick University Modern Records Centre (reference: MSS 334).

Publication note:

Sydney Holland: Viscount Knutsford John Gore (John Murray, London, 1936); Prince of Beggars Neville Langton (Hutchinson, London, 1912).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996 CD-ROM (A & C Black); Historical Manuscripts Commission On-line National Register of Archives; Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage (Dean & Son, 1929); British Library Public on-line catalogue. Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Amended by Kate Richardson, Assistant Archivist, February 2008.

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:
March 2001

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