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Helps, Sir Arthur: letter

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL297
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Helps, Sir Arthur: letter
Date(s): 1872
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 2 leaves
Name of creator(s): Helps | Sir | Arthur | 1813-1875 | Knight | public servant and author


Administrative/Biographical history:

Arthur Helps was born in Balham, Surrey in 1813. He was educated at Eton and at Trinity College, Cambridge. After graduating, he entered the civil service, initially as private secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. In 1843, Helps purchased a large estate in Hampshire and subsequently spent much of his time there writing both novels and non-fiction. He was concerned with social reform, which he addressed both in his writing and through fundraising. From 1860 until his death he served as Clerk of the Privy Council and edited some of the royal family's papers for publication. He was knighted in 1872.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from Sir Arthur Helps of the Privy Council Offices, [London] to Sir John Duke Coleridge (afterwards Lord Coleridge), 18 Jul 1872. Covering letter to a copy of Helps's book Life and Labours of Mr. Brassey 1805-1870(1872). Autograph, with signature.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

See hard copy catalogue.

Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised 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 enclosed in a presentation copy of Helps's Life and Labours of Mr. Brassey 1805-1870 (1872) - classmark: [G.L.] K [Brassey-Helps].

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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:
Aug 2008

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