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The papers of Lord Randolph Henry Spencer-Churchill (1849-1895), Chancellor of the Exchequer and Leader of the House of Commons in Lord Salisbury's 1886 administration, were acquired by the Library in 1994. The collection consists of Lord Randolph's political and personal correspondence between 1880 and his death, and include letters from most leading political figures of the time, Lord Salisbury and Joseph Chamberlain among them. Letters to and from Gerald Fitzgibbon shed much light on Churchill's own career. The collection is arranged in chronological order.

An overview of the collection is available on the Janus website, which also includes a link to a full catalogue on the National Archives Discovery website. A manuscript catalogue and full name index is held in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

There is no special restriction on access: the Randolph Churchill papers are open to all holders of full Library reader's tickets.

Contact: John Wells (01223 333055; jdw1000@cam.ac.uk)