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Finding Aid for the Pole Family News Collection 1681-1713 MS.1951.021
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  • Title: Pole Family News Collection,
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.1951.021
    Contributing Institution: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 3.42 Linear feet (7 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1681-1713
    Abstract: This collection contains manuscript news-letters as well as printed issues of newspapers The Post-Boy and The Post-Man with manuscript additions, all addressed to the Pole family of Radbourne, Derbyshire. Written from an agent in London, these letters and papers contain information on current happenings in London and abroad during the period 1681-1713.
    Physical location: Clark Library


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Clark Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Pole Family News Collection, MS.1951.021, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchase, 1951.
    This collection was purchased as one set of materials, but was separated into 3 distinct parts (manuscript news letters, The Post-Boy and The Post-Man) soon after arriving at the Clark Library. Until work on this finding aid began, these three parts were housed separately and cataloging records for the printed periodicals did not note that they had been purchased as one discrete collection.

    Processing History

    Series 1 processed by Teresa Soleau, 2010; Series 2 processed by Lauren Zuchowski, 2012-2013.


    The Pole family dates from the earliest days of the Norman conquest and has had Radbourne, Derbyshire as its seat since the 1400s. Several different members of the family are listed as recipients of these news letters. Most items were addressed to "Madam Pole," but others are addressed to "German Pole," "Samuel Pole," or "Anne Pole."
    German Pole, Esq. (b. 1626) of Radbourne married Ann Newdigate, daughter of Richard Newdigate of Arbury, in 1650. They had no children and upon German's death in 1683, the estate passed to his cousin Samuel Pole, Esq. (b. 1651). Samuel Pole's wife was Anne Mundy (d. 1732).

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains manuscript news-letters and printed newspapers with handwritten additions, which were sent by hired agents in London to members of the Pole family at their home in Radbourne, Derbyshire. Events recounted in both the manuscript material and printed newspapers recount events related to trials, weather, natural disasters, marriages, deaths and illnesses, foreign news (from Ireland and Scotland, Europe, the Americas, Turkey and Morocco), parliamentary decisions and military campaigns. Most news sheets are addressed to Madam Pole with a few addressed to German Pole, Anne (or Ann) Pole and Samuel Pole. Sometimes surname is spelled Pool or Poole. All sent to Radbourn (or Radbourne or Radburn or Radburne) near Derby except where indicated. Most items include wax seal.
    The printed periodicals in series 2 are The Post-Boy (1695-1713) and The Post-Man (1704-1711), which have attached manuscript news sheets addressed to the Pole family.
    New Style dates (with the year starting in January) are given for all materials instead of Old Style dates (with the year starting at the end of March).

    Related Material

    Many of the news events covered by this collection are treated in: Luttrell, Narcissus. 1857. A brief historical relation of state affairs from September 1678 to April 1714. Oxford: the University Press.


    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Manuscript News Sheets, 1681-1710;
    • Series 2. Printed Newspapers with Manuscript Additions, 1695-1713.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Pole family
    Pole, Anne Mundy, d. 1732
    Pole, Anne Newdigate, 1633-1700
    Pole, German, 1626-1683
    Pole, Samuel, 1651-1731
    Great Britain -- History -- 17th century
    Newspapers--England--17th century
    Newspapers--England--18th century