Scope and Content
Title: Pole Family News Collection,
Identifier/Call Number: MS.1951.021
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Language of Material:
3.42 Linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1681-1713
This collection contains manuscript news-letters as well as printed issues of newspapers
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.
Collection is open for research.
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.
[Identification of item], Pole Family News Collection, MS.1951.021, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of
California, Los Angeles.
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.
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).
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, Anne Mundy, d. 1732
Pole, Anne Newdigate, 1633-1700
Pole, German, 1626-1683
Pole, Samuel, 1651-1731
Great Britain -- History -- 17th century