Goldwin Smith Papers,1819-1921, [1844-1915 (bulk).]

Collection Number: 14-17-134

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


Goldwin Smith papers, 1819-1921, 1844-1915 (bulk).
Collection Number:
Smith, Goldwin,
30 cubic ft.,
Forms of Material:
>Correspondence, Manuscripts, Newspapers, Microfilm, Printed Materials, Publications.
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Correspondence; scrapbooks; journals; clippings; addresses; translations; drafts, manuscripts, and articles; printed copies of works by or about Goldwin Smith
Collection material in English


Historian, journalist, professor at Cornell University.


Correspondence; scrapbooks; journals; clippings; addresses; translations; drafts, manuscripts, and articles; printed copies of works by or about Goldwin Smith; obituaries and memorials; photographs; personal correspondence and a few family papers; and materials gathered by Smith's secretary Theodore Arnold Haultain for a series of volumes he planned to publish on the works of Goldwin Smith.
Included is correspondence of Lord Ashbourne, Charles F. Benjamin, S.H.J. Böhme, Henri Bourassa (Canadian M.P.), John Bright, James Bryce, Joseph Chamberlain, W. Bourke Cochran, Sir Charles Dilke, Lord Farrer, W.E. Gladstone, George M. Grant, M.E. Grant-Duff, F. Greenwood, Earl Grey, James J. Hill, Hon. H.G. Joly, James Laister, Lord Lansdowne, Sir John A. MacDonald, Herbert E. Millholen (city editor, NEW YORK EVENING POST), Lord Minto, Lord Morley, Horace Plunkett, Anna P. Pruyn, John M. Robertson, Lord Rosebery, Charles B. Spahr (Anti-Imperialist League), James Strachey (editor, SPECTATOR), Professor James Sully, Phillips Thompson, Professor Tyndall, General J.H. Wilson, Mrs. Emma Winkworth, and Viscount Wolseley.
Goldwin Smith's correspondence with members of the faculty and administration of Cornell University not only reveals his concern for that institution, but also relates to literary and political subjects. Included is correspondence of George Lincoln Burr, Hiram Corson, George W. Curtis, Willard Fiske, Jacob Gould Schurman, Moses Coit Tyler, and Andrew D. White. A series of letters written between 1868 and 1870 to George Waring in England records Smith's initial reactions to the new university and toward American places, people, and attitudes. The University of Toronto and Queens University in Kingston are the subjects of correspondence with J.W. Flavelle and George M. Grant.
A.H. Beesly, A.V. Dicey, C.H. Firth, E.A. Freeman, George Otto Trevelyan, and P. Villari are among the historians who corresponded with Goldwin Smith; their letters comment upon current social and political trends and events, as well as upon their work as historians. Among other correspondents are Charles Francis Adams, the Duke of Argyll, Matthew Arnold, W.J. Ashley, General Lord Bryce (NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW), Andrew Carnegie, Lord Chief Justice Coleridge, D.C. Gilman, General Sir Fred Middleton, Julian Pauncefote, Viscount Peel, and Carl Schurz.
There are also some family papers, including journals of Smith's mother, Elizabeth Breton Smith.
Collection also includes Goldwin Smith's academic robe from Oxford and hood from McMasters University.
English, Canadian, and American political issues (ca. 1880-1910) dominate the correspondence of Goldwin Smith: the possibility of a Canada-United States union, commercial or political; free trade vs. protection; party maneuvering in all three countries; the problem of the French Canadian element; the Irish Home Rule struggle; local and municipal government reform; imperialism, particularly as it was manifested in the Boer and Spanish-American Wars; the yellow press; the women's suffrage movement; the Jew in the modern national state; socialism and the increasing importance of labor groups in government; British policy toward Russia; the Canadian-Pacific Railroad and its influence on government; and related topics.

Smith, Goldwin, 1823-1910.
Adams, Charles Francis, 1835-1915.
Argyll, John Douglas Sutherland Campbell, Duke of, 1845-1914.
Arnold, Matthew, 1822-1888.
Ashbourne, Edward Gibson, Baron, 1837-1913.
Ashley, W. J. (William James), 1860-1927.
Beesly, A. H. (Augustus Henry), 1839-1909.
Benjamin, Charles F.
Böhme, S. H. J.
Bourassa, Henri, 1868-1952.
Bright, John, 1811-1889.
Bryce, James Bryce, Viscount, 1838-1922.
Bryce, Lloyd.
Burr, George Lincoln, 1857-1938.
Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919.
Chamberlain, Joseph, 1836-1914.
Cochran, W. Bourke.
Coleridge, John Duke Coleridge, Baron, 1820-1894.
Corson, Hiram, 1828-1911.
Curtis, George William, 1824-1892.
Dicey, A. V. (Albert Venn), 1835-1922.
Dicey, A. V. (Albert Venn), 1835-1922
Dilke, Charles Wentworth, Sir, 1843-1911.
Farrer, Thomas Henry Farrer, Baron, 1819-1899.
Firth, C. H. (Charles Harding), 1857-1936.
Fiske, Willard, 1831-1904.
Flavelle, Joseph, 1858-1939.
Freeman, Edward A. (Edward Augustus), 1823-1892.
Gilman, Daniel C. (Daniel Coit), 1831-1908.
Gladstone, W. E. (William Ewart), 1809-1898.
Grant Duff, Mountstuart E. (Mountstuart Elphinstone), Sir, 1829-1906.
Grant, George Monro, 1835-1902.
Greenwood, Frederick, 1830-1909.
Grey, Henry George Grey, Earl, 1802-1894.
Grey, Henry George Grey, Earl, 1802-1894
Hill, James J. (James Jerome), 1838-1916.
Joly, H. G.
Laister, James.
Lansdowne, Henry Charles Keith Petty-FitzMaurice, Marquess of, 1845-1927.
Macdonald, John A. (John Alexander), 1815-1891.
Middleton, Fred, Sir.
Millholen, Herbert E.
Minto, Gilbert John Murray Kynynmond Elliot, Earl of, 1845-1914.
Morley, John, 1838-1923.
Pauncefote, Julian, 1828-1902.
Peel, Robert, 1788-1850.
Plunkett, Horace Curzon, Sir, 1854-1932.
Pruyn, Anna P.
Robertson, J. M. (John Mackinnon), 1856-1933.
Rosebery, Archibald Philip Primrose, Earl of, 1847-1929.
Schurman, Jacob Gould, 1854-1942.
Schurz, Carl, 1829-1906.
Smith, Elizabeth Breton.
Spahr, Charles B. (Charles Barzillai), 1860-1904.
Stachey, James.
Sully, James, 1842-1923.
Thomson, Phillips.
Trevelyan, George Otto, 1838-1928.
Tyler, Moses Coit, 1835-1900.
Tyndall, John, 1820-1893.
Villari, Pasquale, 1827-1917.
Waring, George E., (George Edwin), Jr. 1833-1898.
White, Andrew Dickson, 1832-1918.
Wilson, James Harrison, 1837-1925.
Winkworth, Emma
Winkworth, Emma.
Wolseley, Garnet Wolseley, Viscount, 1833-1913.
Wolseley, Garnet Wolseley, Viscount, 1833-1913
Canadian-Pacific Railroad.
Cornell University -- Administration.
Cornell University -- Faculty.
Cornell University
Queens University (Kingston, Ont.)
Queen's University (Kingston, Ont.)
University of Toronto
University of Toronto.
Spanish-American War (1898)

Politics, Practical -- United States.
Politics, Practical -- England.
Politics, Practical -- Canada.
Sensationalism in journalism.
Colleges and universities -- United States.
Colleges and universities -- Canada.
Women -- Suffrage -- United States.
Jews -- History -- 1789-1945.
Labor unions -- Political activity.
Railroads -- Canada.
English literature.
College teachers.
College teachers
Diplomatic relations
English literature
Ethnic relations
Labor unions -- Political activity
Manners and customs
Political science
Politics, Practical
Sensationalism in journalism
Universities and colleges -- Faculty
Women -- Suffrage

United States -- Politics and government.
United States -- Social life and customs.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Canada.
Spanish-American War, 1898.
United States -- History -- 1849-1877.
United States -- History -- 1865-1921.
Canada -- Ethnic relations.
Canada -- Politics and government.
Canada -- Foreign relations -- United States.
Great Britain -- Politics and government.
England -- Foreign relations -- Russia.
Ireland -- Politics and government.
Great Britain
United States

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Cite As:
Goldwin Smith. Papers, #14-17-134. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
Other Finding Aids:
Link to the printed microfilm collection guide. PDF file. Contains additional biographical information.


Letters copied from other collections for the microfilm are interfiled
Box 1
August 1844-March 1866
Box 2
April 1866- December 1873
Box 3
January 1874-June 1881
Box 4
July 1881-December 1887
Box 5
January 1888-September 1892
Box 6
October 1892-August 1894
Box 7
September 1894-December 1895
Box 8
January 1896-May1897
Box 9
June 1897-August 1898
Box 10
September 1898-November 15, 1899
Box 11
November 16, 1899-October 1900
Box 12
November 1900-November 1901
Box 13
December 1901-October 1902
Box 14
November 1902-October 1903
Box 15
November 1903-August 1904
Box 16
September 1904-March 1905
Box 17
April 1905-December 1905
Box 18
January 1906-August 1906
Box 19
September 1906-April 1907
Box 20
May1907-February 1908
Box 21
March 1908-November 1908
Box 22
December 1908-June 1909
Box 23
July 1909-December 1909
Box 24
January 1910-1921
Box 25
PDF of item-level lists for boxes 41-53 available via link at the top of this guide.
Box 25
Lists of pamphlets and "Weekly Sun" articles, of contributions to the "Canadian Monthly", MS fragments, and a list of correspondents for a proposed book of Smith letters prepared by TA Haultain
Box 26
Index and bibliographical cards prepared by Haultain
Box 27
MS of introduction and much of the text of "The United States", written in the hand of Charles F. Benjamin
Box 27
Typescript of a projected volume of Smith letters "comprising chiefly letters to his American friends"
Box 27
Partial scrapbook of clippings in England
Box 27
Two loose-leaf typescript copies of a Hewett bibliography of Smith works
Box 27
Carbon copy of the membership of the National Continental Union League
Box 27
Galley proof of "My Memory of Gladstone", and others of the same work
Box 27
Manuscripts for articles
Includes "The Early Days of Cornell" typescript, "Abraham Lincoln" typescripts and clipping, "Chatham", "Cromwell", "Labour and Socialism", "Peace with Justice", "Guesses at the Riddle of Existence", and miscellaneous fragments
Box 28
MS of Goldwin Smith address at the laying of the cornerstone of Goldwin Smith Hall, bound in red leather
Box 28
Letter from Smith to Schurman (1903) and accompanying letter from Dean of Arts and Sciences (1918)
1903, 1918
Box 28
Letter registers recoding letters and MSS sent by Haultain
1891, 1893-1900
See also box 38
Box 28
Notebooks with translations from the classics
Related to material in box 35
Box 28
Scrapbook of press clippings
January 1889-July 1990
Box 28
Scrapbook of contributions to periodicals
Box 28
Portfolio of early studies in English history on: Athelstan; Becket; Henry I, II, and III; Simon de Montfors; Edward I, II and III; William the Conqueror, and more
Box 29
Rough draft and proofs of a projected history of England up to the Restoration
Box 29
Scrapbook of clippings, including reviews of "Canada and the Canadian Question"
Box 29
Scrapbook of clipped reviews of "The United States", including some letters of criticism
Box 29
Scrapbook of clippings
Box 30
Scrapbook of clippings on Canadian events, including reviews and comments on "The Bystander"
Box 30
Scrapbook of Smith contributions to "The Week"
December 6, 1883-January 15, 1885
Box 30
Bundle of copies of "The Week"
Box 30
Scrapbook of clippings, mostly Smith letters to newspapers
June 4, 1890-July 8, 1891
Box 30
"From a Trans-Atlantic Point of View", Smith article against Home Rule
Box 30
Clippings preserved by G. Mercer Adam, but not containing the signature of Smith
Box 31
Typed manuscript of Smith's "Reminiscences"
Box 31
Chapters of a book on the United Kingdom
Box 31
Manuscript of "The Present and Future of Religion", a projected volume of contributions to the "New York Sun"
Box 31
Miscellaneous articles and lectures
Including The Schism in the Anglo-Saxon Race, The Weak Point of the Elective System, Article on Froude's "Divorce of Catherine of Aragon", a response to a toast at a Psi Upsilon meeting, and a lecture on The Old University through the Ages
Box 31
Notes and copies of exam questions used by Trinity College, and proof sheets of exams prepared by Smith at Trinity
1884, 1887-1888
Box 32
Selections from "The Bystander", chosen by Haultain with the intention of publishing them
Box 32
Draft of Smith's "Reminiscences"
Box 33
Scrapbooks of clippings by or about Smith
1888-1893, 1904-1910
Box 33
Bound group of clippings withdrawn from Cornell Library shelves
Box 34
"Bystander" articles from the original files of the "Toronto Weekly Sun"
Presented to Cornell by Walter Dymond Gregory, 1939
Box 35
12 MS notebooks "Translation of Arundel Manuscripts"
Box 35
14 MS notebooks with Smith's translations of poetry, classical school work, and political and historical fragments
Box 35
Notebook with printed pages, MS notes and typed copies of correspondence regarding Smith and St. George's
Box 36
Press clippings, mostly reviews of Smith's published works
1894-1896, 1904-1913
Box 37
Press clippings, further reviews
1893-1894, 1897, 1902, 1907
Box 37
ca. 1900-1910
Including "Party Government", "The Future of Poetry", In the Court of History", "Nationality and Empire", "White Man's Burden", and the first four chapters of a school history of the US
Box 37
Volume II of Haultain's republication plan, entitled "Historical and Political America"
Box 38
Smith's notebooks
Lists of Oxford students, ethics, Greek, and Latin composition, Essay on murders of Caesar and Marat, address books and pocket diaries
Box 38
Letter registers
Box 38
Waterman Hewett notebooks, mostly Smith's bibliographic notes and Hewett's travel itinerary
Includes file cards of references to Smith in works of other writers
Box 39
Early manuscripts
Notebooks on England, list of Cornell students and notes to Howell, Bibliographic notes on religious parties
Box 39
Later manuscripts
"The Bases of the Empire", "The Founder of Christendom", "Progress or Revolution", "Labour and Socialism", "Unionism is not Socialism", "Socialism in Action"
Box 39
Literary articles assembled by Haultain for republication
Box 40
Journal of Smith's mother Elizabeth Breton Smith
Includes records of births, deaths, family events, journeys to Paris, English Lakes, and Welshpool
Box 40
Lectures on English history, outlines, and fragments on Athenaeum Club stationary
Box 40
Bills and Receipts, notes accompanying payment for articles, proofs and printed articles and letters to editors
Box 43
Box 44
Articles, pamphlets, and autograph address at cornerstone laying of Sage College
Box 44
Box 45
Copies of Smith's editorials in the "Weekly Sun"
Box 46
Two scrapbooks of "Bystander" columns, plus pages of other scrapbooks
Box 46
New Zealand clippings
Box 46
Clippings on Smith after death
Box 46
"Bystander" magazine
Box 46
Manuscripts, Book of tracts
Box 46
Smith pamphlets and articles clipped from periodicals, written by Smith, and many other clipped articles
Box 47
"Bystander" column clippings
Box 48
Scrapbooks of clippings, Hewett's bibliography of Smith's writings, draft of "The United Kingdom"
Box 49
Project for reprint publication by Haultain
Box 49
Box 50
Manuscripts and clippings
Box 51
Theodore Arnold Haultain correspondence
Box 52
Theodore Arnold Haultain correspondence
Box 53
The Grange, Smith, marble bust of Smith's wife, cartoons from Oxford of Smith
Box 53
Clippings, Smith's will copy, list of Smith's works at Art Gallery in Toronto, and photocopy of letter and medallion of Napoleon
Box 41
Printed pamphlets
Box 42
Printed material by Goldwin Smith
Box 42
Printed material
Box 46
Pamphlets and printed items