Darbishire family papers

Abstract

The Darbishire family papers (dated 1751-1948, bulk 1883-1919; 7.5 cubic feet; 21 boxes) consist of correspondence, essays, articles, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, and diaries from six generations of the Shelby family of Kentucky and four generations of the Darbishires of England and America.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Darbishire family papers
Extent
7.5 Cubic Feet
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Ida Sell
Preferred Citation
62m68: [Identification of item], Darbishire family papers, 1751-1948, bulk 1883-1919, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
In 1885, Anne Steele Shelby, daughter of Isaac Shelby III, married Godfrey Darbishire of Manchester, England, the son of Robert Dukinfield Darbishire, a prominent attorney and philanthropist. Godfrey died in 1889, and Anne moved to England with her son, Robert Shelby Darbishire, to live with her late husband's family. Robert later attended Rugby and Balliol College, Oxford. At Balliol, he met and became friends with Arnold Toynbee, later to be famous as a historian. Anne and Robert returned to Kentucky in 1910, but Robert returned often to Europe, serving with the Near East Relief Expedition from 1919 until 1921, and teaching in Athens from 1926-1929. He married Ruth Whiting in 1920.
Scope and Content
The Darbishire family papers (dated 1751-1948, bulk 1883-1919; 7.5 cubic feet; 21 boxes) consist of correspondence, essays, articles, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, and diaries from six generations of the Shelby family of Kentucky and four generations of the Darbishires of England and America. Letters written to Anne Steele Darbishire and her son, Robert Shelby Darbishire, during their residence in England and travels on the Continent constitute the bulk of the collection. Robert Shelby Darbishire's writings, including poems, articles and essays, along with other papers belonging to him, also comprise a considerable part of the collection. Also included are some earlier papers of members of the Shelby family, including Evan, Isaac, and Isaac Shelby, Jr. Letters and journals of Robert Dukinfield Darbishire and Godfrey Darbishire are also included, as are legal documents, cancelled checks, pamphlets and other papers.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1751-1912

The Correspondence series comprises letters representing six generations of the Shelby family of Kentucky and three generations of the Darbishire family of England and America. The earliest letters include letters concerning land titles that relate to Isaac Shelby. There are letters from Thomas Hart Clay on legal matters concerning the Clay family. A letter from Shelby to his son, Isaac Shelby, Jr., dated Frankfort, January 29, 1815, tells of a message received from General Adair reporting the results of the Battle of New Orleans and describing the celebration and victory. The series includes civil war official orders sent to Isaac Shelby III while he was chief of the commissary department, Buckner's Division, Army of Tennessee. Also the series contains letters between Shelby family members discussing the progress of the Confederate army and the war effects on the south. The bulk of the Correspondence series consists of family correspondence for the Darbishire family. Robert Dukinfield Darbishire was a well known philanthropist and biologist from Manchester, England. His wife Harriet Ann Cobb sent many letters to their son, Godfrey Darbishire while traveling and exploring in the mediterranean. Godfrey Darbishire came to the United States in 1881 to work as a civil engineer along the Mississippi River. At some unknown point he met Anna Shelby and began corresponding with her regularly. In 1885 Godfrey and Anna married and settled in Key West, Florida. After Godfrey's death in 1889 many letters were sent to Anna Shelby Darbishire expressing condolences. Anna, with her son, Robert Shelby Darbishire again relocated in Manchester with her in laws. During their years in England corresponded with Robert Dukinfield and Harriet Ann Cobb Darbishire while they travelled. Also Anna corresponded regularly with her parents and siblings. Robert Shelby Darbishire studied at Balliol College in Oxford. While a student he wrote his mother and grandparents frequently. In 1910, after Robert Dukinfield Darbishire, died Anna and Robert Shelby Darbishire resettled in Danville, Kentucky. In 1919 Robert Shelby Darbishire travelled to Constantinople (Istanbul) as part of the Near East Relief Expedition. Letters between Robert and his mother included in the series reflect his experiences in Turkey after the First World War.

Evan Shelby I in Frederick County, Maryland, 1751

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Letters to Evan Shelby, Kentucky, 1772-1779

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Letters between Evan Shelby and Richard Adams, near Cumberland River, 1782

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Letters from Thomas Hart, Hagarstows, 1784 May 16

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About Evan Shelby's estate and second wife and family register, 1794-1800

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About Shelby v. Adair court case and notes about sale of Rachel after King Mountain Battle in Revolutionary War, 1794

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About the capture of James Shelby by the British and the Indians and to Isaac Shelby as governor, 1801-1849

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Letters to Isaac Shelby Junior during the Civil War, 1860-1865

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Orders to Isaac Shelby III, Army of Tennessee, 1863

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Letters to Isaac Shelby Junior from Thomas Hart Clay, 1852-1857

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Letters to Godfrey Darbishire from Robert Dukinfield Darbishire, 1859

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Letters from Robert Dukinfield Darbishire to Godfrey Darbishire about travels abroad, 1860-1863

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Letters to Robert Dukinfield Darbishire and Harriet Ann Cobb Darbishire to Godfrey Darbishire, 1863 February-June

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Robert Dukinfield Darbishire letters to Godfrey Darbishire, 1864-1869

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Letters between Robert Dukinfield Darbishire and Godfrey Darbishire, 1870-1876

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Letters between Robert Dukinfield Darbishire and Godfrey Darbishire, 1875

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Letters between Robert Dukinfield Darbishire, Harriet Ann Cobb Darbishire and Godfrey Darbishire, 1878-1879

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Letters between Robert Dukinfield Darbishire and Godfrey Darbishire, 1880-1881

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Letters between Robert Dukinfield Darbishire, Harriet Ann Cobb Darbishire, and Godfrey Darbishire, 1882

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Godfrey Darbishire letters to Anna Shelby, 1883

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Godfrey Darbishire letters to Anna Shelby, 1884

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Godfrey Darbishire letters to Anna Shelby, undated

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Robert Shelby Darbishire birth announcement and Florida indenture, 1886

  • Box 2, folder 4
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Godfrey Darbishire letters to Anna Shelby Darbishire, 1887

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Godfrey Darbishire letters to Anna Shelby Darbishire, 1888

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Letters to Anna Shelby about Godfrey Darbishire's death, 1889 January-October

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Letters to Anna Shelby Darbishire about Godfrey's death, 1889 November 1-15

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Letters to Anna Shelby Darbishire with condolences, 1889 November 16-December 31

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Letters between Robert Dukinfield Darbishire, Anna Shelby Darbishire and Isaac Shelby III about Florida estate, 1890

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Letters between Isaac Shelby III to Robert Dukinfield Darbishire, 1890

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Letters between Robert Dukinfield Darbishire, Harriet Ann Cobb Darbishire, Anna Shelby Darbishire, and Robert Shelby Darbishire, 1892

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Letters between Robert Dukinfield Darbishire, Harriet Ann Cobb Darbishire, Anna Shelby Darbishire, and Robert Shelby Darbishire, 1893

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Letters between Anna Shelby Darbishire and Robert Shelby Darbishire, 1894-1895

  • Box 3, folder 5
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Letters between Robert Dukinfield Darbishire, Harriet Ann Cobb Darbishire, Anna Shelby Darbishire, and Robert Shelby Darbishire, 1896

  • Box 3, folder 6
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Letters between Robert Dukinfield Darbishire, Harriet Ann Cobb Darbishire, Anna Shelby Darbishire, and Robert Shelby Darbishire, 1897

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Letters between Robert Dukinfield Darbishire, Harriet Ann Cobb Darbishire, Anna Shelby Darbishire, and Robert Shelby Darbishire, 1898

  • Box 3, folder 8
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Letters between Robert Dukinfield Darbishire, Harriet Ann Cobb Darbishire, Anna Shelby Darbishire, and Robert Shelby Darbishire, 1899

  • Box 3, folder 9
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Letters between Robert Dukinfield Darbishire, Harriet Ann Cobb Darbishire, Anna Shelby Darbishire, and Robert Shelby Darbishire, 1900-1904

  • Box 3, folder 10
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Letters between Robert Dukinfield Darbishire, Harriet Ann Cobb Darbishire, Anna Shelby Darbishire, and Robert Shelby Darbishire, 1905

  • Box 4, folder 1
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Robert Shelby Darbishire letters to Anna Shelby Darbishire, 1906

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Robert Shelby Darbishire letters to Anna Shelby Darbishire, 1907 January-July

  • Box 4, folder 4
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Robert Shelby Darbishire letters to Anna Shelby Darbishire, 1907 August-December

  • Box 4, folder 5
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Letters to Robert Shelby Darbishire, 1908 January-October

  • Box 4, folder 6
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Letters to Robert Shelby Darbishire, 1908

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Letters about Robert Dukinfield Darbishire's death, 1908 November-December

  • Box 6, folder 2
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Letters to Robert Shelby Darbishire, Oxford, 1909 January-May

  • Box 6, folder 3
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Letters to Robert Shelby Darbishire, Oxford, 1909 June-December

  • Box 6, folder 4
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Letters to Robert Shelby Darbishire, 1910

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Letters to Robert Shelby Darbishire, 1911 January-June

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Letters to Robert Shelby Darbishire, 1911 July-October

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Letters to Robert Shelby Darbishire and Anna Shelby Darbishire, 1911 November-December

  • Box 6, folder 8
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Robert Shelby Darbishire letters to Anna Shelby Darbishire, 1912 January-August

  • Box 7, folder 1
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Diaries, 1863-1878

The Diaries series includes four books of writings by Robert Dukinfield Darbishire and Godfrey Darbishire from 1861-1878. The first book with writings by Robert Dukinfield Darbishire describe his sea shell and fossil findings along the beaches of Spain. The diaries by Godfrey Darbishire discuss his studies at Balliol College in Oxford England.

Robert Dukinfield Darbishire on Ancient Spain, 1863

  • Box 7, folder 2
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Godfrey Darbishire, Victoria Park, Manchester, 1873

  • Box 7, folder 3
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Godfrey Darbishire, last term at Oxford, 1873

  • Box 20, folder 1
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Godfrey Darbishire, 1875

  • Box 7, folder 4
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Newspaper clippings, 1842-1889

The Newspaper clippings series includes articles from British periodicals about Robert Dukinfield Darbishire's work as a philanthropist and his works recognition by the royal court. The series also includes many articles written by Godfrey Darbishire that appeared in American newspapers. The articles primarily discuss urban planning and the construction of sewage systems.

Robert Dukinfield Darbishire appointed Master Extraordinaire, 1849 July 13

  • Box 7, folder 5
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Articles by Godfrey Darbishire, circa 1882

  • Box 7, folder 6
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Articles by Godfrey Darbishire about civil engineering projects, 1882-1889

  • Box 7, folder 7-8
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Miscellaneous, 1840-1942

The miscellaneous series includes materials belonging to Robert Dukinfield Darbishire, Robert Shelby Darbishire and possibly Godfrey Darbishire. A sketchbook contains drawings by Robert Dukinfield. A report on Bishop Percy's 18th century manuscripts discusses religious aspects in ancient English poetry. The Isaac Shelby commemorative pamphlets and articles were collected by Robert Shelby Darbishire in the early 20th century. Also included in the series are calling cards amassed by either Robert Dukinfield or Godfrey Darbishire.

Robert Dukinfield Darbishire sketchbook, 1840

  • Box 17, folder 9
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Report upon Bishop Percy's manuscript, 1867-1868

  • Box 7, folder 9
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Isaac Shelby commemorative booklets and articles, 1911-1942

  • Box 7, folder 10
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Calling cards, undated

  • Box 17, folder 7
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O libri greek stamp, undated

  • Box 20, folder 2
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Pamphlets, 1865-1930

The Pamphlets series includes short publishings about science, literature, philosophy and historical events. Primarily the pamphlets were published by British education societies and institutions in the late nineteenth century. The Battle of King's Mountain pamphlets commemorate Isaac Shelby's, Anne Shelby's great grandfather, leadership in the decisive American Revolution victory fight.

Literary and Philosophical Society of Manchester, 1865-1909

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Archeology, 1912-1927

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Manchester New College, 1879-1900

  • Box 11, folder 4
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Whitworth Institute Memorial to Robert Dukinfield Darbishire, 1907 April 6

  • Box 11, folder 5
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A Window in Manchester College, Oxford, 1898 October

  • Box 11, folder 6
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In Memorial of Harriet Ann Cobb Darbishire, 1904 April

  • Box 11, folder 7
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Religious, 1900-1919

  • Box 11, folder 7-8
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Battle of Kings Mountain, 1928-1930

  • Box 11, folder 9
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Printed materials, 1867, undated

  • Box 21, folder 29
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Poems, 1907-1908, undated

The Poems series contains verses translated from Greek to English and possibly written by Robert Shelby Darbishire. Many of the poems are ancient Greek writings and Darbishire includes the Greek and English titles before the verse begins. The origin of most of the poems is unknown.

Poems, undated

  • Box 7, folder 11
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On the Marriage of Two Souls , undated

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The Librarian , undated

  • Box 10, folder 4
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The Notebook of a Stranger in the House of Islam , undated

  • Box 10, folder 5
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The Orb of Light and Other Sonnets , undated

  • Box 10, folder 6
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Book of scrap verses, 1907-1908

  • Box 11, folder 1
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Essays and articles, 1907-1940

The Essays and Articles series consists of manuscripts written by Robert Godfrey Darbishire. Most of the handwritten and typed articles are undated and range from works he wrote at Balliol College, as a relief worker in the near east, a professor at Athens College, as well as for the Atlantic Monthly magazine. The subjects of the articles include ancient art, history, politics and literature.

American University Extension in the Near East , undated

  • Box 12, folder 1
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Arabic studies, undated

  • Box 12, folder 2-3
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Archeology, undated

  • Box 12, folder 4
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Athens College, 1931

  • Box 12, folder 5
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Athens College, undated

  • Box 12, folder 6-7
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Atiya, Aziz Suryal Crusade in the later Middle Ages , undated

  • Box 12, folder 8
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Beasts and Some History in England , undated

  • Box 12, folder 9
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Beginnings and Growth of Royal Power in France , 1907 September

  • Box 12, folder 10
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Beyond Roncesvalles , undated

  • Box 13, folder 1
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Catherine of Aragon , undated

  • Box 13, folder 2
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Christian Citizenship , undated

  • Box 13, folder 3
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Crusades, 1919

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Education, undated

  • Box 13, folder 5
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Education, 1940

  • Box 13, folder 6
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Education, undated

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Education of Shakespeare , undated

  • Box 13, folder 7a
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Effects of Weather, undated

  • Box 13, folder 8
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Egypt, undated

  • Box 13, folder 9
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Empirical Chemistry, undated

  • Box 13, folder 10
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England at War , undated

  • Box 13, folder 11
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Essay in Class IV, undated

  • Box 13, folder 12
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Garden of Eden , undated

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Going South , undated

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Gentle Soul , circa 1912

  • Box 13, folder 15
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Greece, undated

  • Box 13, folder 16
  • Box 14, folder 1
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Greek related articles, undated

  • Box 14, folder 2
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Heroic Muse and World Civilization , undated

  • Box 14, folder 3
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Historical Interest in Vases , undated

  • Box 14, folder 4
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The Honey-Hounds , undated

  • Box 14, folder 5
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Houseboys , undated

  • Box 14, folder 6
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Humane Archeology , undated

  • Box 14, folder 7
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Intolerance, undated

  • Box 14, folder 8
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International Affairs, 1918-1937

  • Box 14, folder 9
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Islam, undated

  • Box 14, folder 10
  • Box 15, folder 1
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Lady of Shallott, undated

  • Box 15, folder 2
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Language in History and School , undated

  • Box 15, folder 3
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Lady Christendom , undated

  • Box 15, folder 4
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Mare Nostrum, undated

  • Box 15, folder 5
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Mediterranean, undated

  • Box 15, folder 6
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Metals and Metallurgy , undated

  • Box 15, folder 7
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Mutual Trust in International Relations in the Recent Past , undated

  • Box 15, folder 8
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Near East Relief Work , 1921

  • Box 15, folder 9
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Old Retainer , undated

  • Box 15, folder 10
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Opinion of Machiavelli , undated

  • Box 15, folder 11
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Our Trees , undated

  • Box 15, folder 12
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Poets, undated

  • Box 15, folder 13
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Preparedness in 1588: The Admirals and the Coming of the Armada , 1940

  • Box 15, folder 14
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Queen of the South in Jerusalem , undated

  • Box 15, folder 15
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Relations of Europe and India , undated

  • Box 15, folder 16
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Relativity of Perlesvaus , undated

  • Box 15, folder 17
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Religious Experiences, undated

  • Box 16, folder 1
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Road Not Without End , undated

  • Box 16, folder 2
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Tenants , undated

  • Box 16, folder 3
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To the Top , undated

  • Box 16, folder 4
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Universal State , undated

  • Box 16, folder 5
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Untitled fragments, undated

  • Box 16, folder 6
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War Gods I Have Known , undated

  • Box 16, folder 7
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Western Feudalism in the Morea , undated

  • Box 16, folder 8
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Research notecards, undated

  • Box 17, folder 1-2
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Essay on Hobbes and Rouseau, undated

  • Box 17, folder 3
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Essays on English history: Wycliff to Elizabeth I, undated

  • Box 17, folder 4
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Essays on English History before 1300, undated

  • Box 17, folder 5
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Essays on Imperial England (foreign period), undated

  • Box 17, folder 6
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An Aegean Power in the Foreign Policy of Isaiah and Ezekiel, undated

  • Box 21, folder 1
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Armenian Christian Women, undated

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Captain Hatkinson's Story, undated

  • Box 21, folder 3
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Children of the Camel, undated

  • Box 21, folder 4
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Christian Citizenship, undated

  • Box 21, folder 5
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Democracy Crusade and the Near East, undated

  • Box 21, folder 6
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End of the Road, undated

  • Box 21, folder 7
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A Foreign Policy of Idealism, undated

  • Box 21, folder 8
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Fulcherius Carnotensis, undated

  • Box 21, folder 9
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Gentility for All, undated

  • Box 21, folder 10
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Going South, undated

  • Box 21, folder 11
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On Greek Subjects, undated

  • Box 21, folder 12
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Honey Hounds, undated

  • Box 21, folder 13
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Houseboys, undated

  • Box 21, folder 14
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Led to the Nile and Brought Back Thirsty, undated

  • Box 21, folder 15
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Muslim and Christian Influence in the Near East, undated

  • Box 21, folder 16
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A Near East Synthesis, undated

  • Box 21, folder 17
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On the Present Value of the Past, undated

  • Box 21, folder 18
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Phallic Follies, undated

  • Box 21, folder 19
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The School and the State, undated

  • Box 21, folder 20
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Speeches and Documents on International Affairs, 1918-1937: Book Review in Moslem World, 1937

  • Box 21, folder 21
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Tobacco Man, undated

  • Box 21, folder 22
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Two Religions and One God, undated

  • Box 21, folder 23
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V Stands for Victorine, undated

  • Box 21, folder 24
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Weekly Essays Journal, Balliol College, Oxford, 1906

  • Box 21, folder 25
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Notes on Islamic History, 1906

  • Box 21, folder 26
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Untitled, 1906

  • Box 21, folder 27
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Notes on Islam and Byzantium, 1906

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Untitled, 1906

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Diplomas and certificates, 1848-1899

The Diplomas and Certificates series is primarily official documents presented to Robert Dukinfield Darbishire by the royal crown for his philanthropic works in England. One fabric scroll is included that was given to him giving him the Freedom of the city of Manchester in October 1899. Also in the series is Godfrey Darbishire's diploma from Balliol College in Oxford.

Diplomas and certificates, 1848-1899

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Freedom of the City of Manchester proclamation for Robert Dukinfield Darbishire, 1899

  • Box 17, folder 8
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Certificate scroll of Freedom of the City of Manchester proclamation for Robert Dukinfield Darbishire, 1899 October

  • Box 19, item 1
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