Date range: 1864–1947.
Papers of Dr William Edward Armytage Axon (1846–1913) and his son Ernest A. Axon (1868–1947). Dr Axon was a librarian in Manchester Free Libraries (1861–74), and a journalist on the staff of the Manchester Guardian (1874–1905).
He had a remarkably wide range of interests, as a bibliographer, local historian, folklorist, vegetarian, temperance campaigner and social reformer. He was also a Unitarian of very liberal tendencies.1
The archive contains some 6,600 letters to him arising from these various interests.
There is also a collection of some 600 autographs of famous contemporaries sent to or collected by him.
Ernest Axon was a librarian in Manchester Public Libraries for over fifty years from 1881, a historian of Manchester and the North-West, and the author of several Unitarian local histories.2
His papers consist of almost 1,500 in- and out-letters, 1897–1947.
1Obituary of W.E.A. Axon in the Manchester Guardian, 29 December 1913, p. 5; Brian Charles Hollingworth, ‘Axon, William Edward Armytage (1846–1913)’, ODNB.
2Obituary of Ernest Axon in the Manchester Guardian, 16 July 1947, p. 3.
Card index of correspondence.