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The private papers of Charles, first Baron Hardinge of Penshurst (1858-1944), were acquired by the University Library in 1954, further papers later being received from Hardinge's widow, from Dr A. N. L. Munby, and through further purchase, all in the years before 1963. Papers deposited by Lady Hardinge at the Kent Archives Office, Maidstone, in 1962, (U927), have also now been transferred to the University Library. The total collection runs to some 200 boxes and volumes. All aspects of Hardinge's career are detailed, including his service as Ambassador in St Petersburg 1904-1906, as Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign Office 1906-1910, his years as Viceroy of India 1910-1916, Ambassador in Paris 1920-1922, and his contribution to Irish, Indian, and League of Nations politics after 1916. For the earlier acquisitions see N. J. Hancock, Handlist of Hardinge Papers at the University Library Cambridge, Cambridge, 1968. Further lists for the collection are available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

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