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Gibbs, Henry Hucks: correspondence (1876-1884)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL272
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Gibbs, Henry Hucks: correspondence (1876-1884)
Date(s): 1876-1884
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 5 items (9 leaves)
Name of creator(s): Gibbs | Henry Hucks | 1819-1907 | 1st Baron Aldenham | banker and scholar


Administrative/Biographical history:

Henry Hucks Gibbs was born in London and educated at Rugby School and at Exeter College, Oxford. After graduating in 1841 he joined the family firm; when his father died the following year, as the eldest son he inherited the family estates, which he insisted on sharing with other family members. Instead of becoming just a landed gentleman, Gibbs embarked on a successful career as a merchant banker in the City of London, though his advocacy of a bimetallic currency standard was not shared by many of his contemporaries. He became a director of the Bank of England in 1853 and served as its governor during 1875-1877. Gibbs served as Conservative MP for the City of London between 1891 and 1892, and in 1896 was granted a peerage as Baron Aldenham. He also had strong literary and sporting interests, and served on the council of the English Church Union.


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence between Henry Hucks Gibbs and Edward Lucas Jenks Ridsdale (Chief Assayer of the Royal Mint), on bimetallism (i.e. the use of a monetary standard based on both silver and gold), 1876-1884. Including a letter from E Koch to Gibbs, thanking him for permission to translate a pamphlet on bimetallism into German.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

See hard copy catalogue.

Conditions governing access:

Access to the items in the collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the controlled environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

See archivist

Immediate source of acquisition:

Found inserted in the Goldsmiths' Library volume Pamphlets. Bi-metallic standard 1876-84 [vol 7] - classmark [G.L.] E (S) [Aldenham Collection] 7

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.

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:
July 2008

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