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Kay-Shuttleworth Papers

Date range: c.1820-1877.

Papers mainly relating to Sir James Phillips Kay-Shuttleworth (1804-1877), public-health reformer and founder of the English system of public education.

The collection chiefly comprises letters to James Kay-Shuttleworth from his family, friends, colleagues and associates, including Lord John Russell, 1st Earl Russell, and Sir William Cavendish, 7th Duke of Devonshire.

There are also letters to Sir James's son, Ughtred James Kay-Shuttleworth, 1st Baron Shuttleworth (1844-1939), and printed materials relating to poverty and its relief, education and social reform.

Finding aids

  • Handlist by B.C. Bloomfield (College of S. Mark & S. John Occasional Papers No. 2).
  • Frank Smith, The Life and Work of Sir James Kay-Shuttleworth (London, 1923).
  • R.J.W. Selleck, James Kay-Shuttleworth: Journey of an Outsider (Ilford, 1994).
  • On the Punishment of Pauper Children in Workhouses by James Phillips Kay (later Sir J.P. Kay-Shuttleworth, Bart.) (College of S. Mark & S. John Occasional Papers No. 1).
  • Heather Sharps, 'Prolegomena to an edition of ‘Cromwell in the North. 1648. A Story' [1875]. An unfinished and unprinted novel by James Phillips Kay-Shuttleworth (1804-77)' (unpublished MA dissertation).
  • Heather Sharps, 'Sir James P. Kay-Shuttleworth as a regional and historical novelist', Notes and Queries , New Series, vol. 27, no. 1 (February 1980), pp. 76-9.
  • Heather Sharps, 'The educational and social context of Kay-Shuttleworth's novels', Journal of Educational Administration and History, vol.13, no. 2 (July 1981), pp. 1-6.
  • Heather Sharps, 'Elizabeth Gaskell and Sir James P. Kay-Shuttleworth', Gaskell Society Journal , vol. 11 (1997), pp. 15-24.


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