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More House Archive
MS.2013.020  
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  • Custodial History
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Organization
  • Scope and Contents
  • Supplemental Materials

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Title: More House Archive
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.2013.020
    Physical Description: 175 Linear Feet 213 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1587-1997
    Date (bulk): 1870-1945
    Abstract: The More House Archive consists of the family archive of the Hope-Nicholson family, who lived at More House at 52 Tite Street in London for a century, beginning in 1892. The house was first purchased by Adrian Hope and Laura Troubridge and the house archive contains materials produced by them, their daughter and son-in-law Jaqueline and Hedley Hope-Nicholson, and grandchildren (particularly Marie-Jaqueline Lancaster and Felix Hope-Nicholson), as well as other members of their extended Troubridge, Hope, Gurney, Nicholson and Cleghorn families. Materials comprise correspondence, diaries, photographs, literary manuscripts, original art and business papers, dating from the early 17th century to late 1990s.
    Physical Location: Clark Library

    Custodial History

    This archive was originally compiled by the Hope-Nicholson family of More House, Chelsea. Some materials did not originate at More House and were collected by Marie-Jaqueline Lancaster in the 1990s from other family members and added to the collection. After the sale of More House, the art and museum objects from the family's collection were largely sold and parts of the archive dispersed amongst the surviving family.
    The collection was purchased in 2013 by the Clark Library.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    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 Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library 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.

    Organization

    This collection is organized into 6 series:
    Series 1.
    Laura Troubridge Hope and Adrian Hope, 1868-1933
    Series 2.
    Jaqueline Hope-Nicholson, 1899-1968
    Series 3.
    Hedley Hope-Nicholson, 1897-1969
    Series 4.
    Troubridge and Gurney family, 1817-1958
    Series 5.
    Hope and Hope-Nicholson family, 1762-1995
    Series 6.
    Nicholson and Cleghorn family, 1587-1924

    Scope and Contents

    The More House Archive consists of the family archive of the Hope-Nicholson family, who lived at More House at 52 Tite Street in London for a century beginning in 1892. The house was purchased by Adrian Hope and Laura Troubridge and the house archive contains materials produced by them, their daughter and son-in-law Jaqueline and Hedley Hope-Nicholson, and grandchildren (particularly Marie-Jaqueline Lancaster and Felix Hope-Nicholson), as well as other members of their extended Troubridge, Hope, Gurney, Nicholson and Cleghorn families. Materials comprise correspondence, diaries, photographs, literary manuscripts, original art and business papers, dating from the early 17th century to late 1990, though the bulk of material dates from the 1870s to the 1940s. The Troubridge, Hope, Gurney and Hope-Nicholson families were very well-connected across a variety of disparate social circles and fields. As such, materials relate to a large number of topics including Pre-Raphaelite and aesthetic arts, diplomacy and the military (particularly the Crimean War), royalty, politics, the gay and lesbian avant garde, religious figures, journalism, country life, amateur and professional theater, interior decoration and education.
    Family members well-represented here include Laura Troubridge Hope, Jacqueline Hope-Nicholson, Hedley Hope-Nicholson, Marie-Jaqueline Lancaster, Felix Hope-Nicholson, Una Taylor Troubridge, Alfred John Nicholson, Mary Cleghorn Nicholson, Amy Troubridge, Helen Troubridge Bate, Robert Bontine Cunninghame-Graham and Thomas W. Allen. Correspondents and friends of the family circle represented in the collection include Oscar Wilde, Cyril and Vyvyan Holland, John Betjeman, George Kolkhorst, Queen Victoria and the Royal Family, Radclyffe Hall, Trelawny Dayrell Reed, C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, Lord Alfred Douglas, Edward Burne-Jones and family, the de Bunsen family, John Millais and family, Edward Scott-Snell, Harold Nicolson and Ada Leverson, to name only a few.
    Many of the original housings and containers in which this archive was stored have been retained in the More House Archive at the Clark. Normally, most original boxes and containers would be discarded during processing, but in the case of this archive, the Clark staff decided that the way the archive was collected, curated and stored was an important part of its overall story. The collecting habits of the Troubridge-Hope-Nicholson's are a very significant part of the provenance of the archive, and it was deemed important to keep some record and evidence of how they curated the archive when it was in their posession.
    A family tree of the Troubridge, Hope, Gurney and Nicholson families is viewable online .

    Supplemental Materials

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Letters--England--19th century
    Letters -- England -- 20th century
    Family papers--England