Catalogue description The Bunce Collection

This record is held by University of Birmingham: Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections

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Title: The Bunce Collection

A small collection of letters and manuscripts acquired by John Thackray Bunce together with some of his own personal and family papers. His collection of manuscripts include a document signed by Catherine Medici, dated 1546, letters to Thomas Percy, bishop of Dromore, 1780, and a letter of Louis XV, king of Prussia, 1722. Bunce's own papers include the manuscript of his 'Life of Sir Josiah Mason' published in 1890, notes for his history of Birmingham, albums of newscuttings which include some of his own writings, accounts relating to the building of his house in Edgbaston in 1878 and notebooks of his daughters, Myra and Kate

Date: 1546-1896
Held by: University of Birmingham: Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections, not available at The National Archives
Language: English, French

Bunce, Thackray John, 1828-1899, editor, of Birmingham

Physical description: 36 items
Restrictions on use:

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material

Access conditions:



Access to all registered researchers

Immediate source of acquisition:

This collection was acquired during the 1950s, possibly in more than one deposit

Unpublished finding aids:

A paper catalogue to file and item level is available in the Special Collections Department and at the National Register of Archives in London.

Administrative / biographical background:

John Thackray Bunce (1828-1899) was editor of the Birmingham Daily Post from 1862 until 1898. He was also a trustee of Mason College (which subsequently became the University of Birmingham) and a member of Museums and Art Schools, and Free Libraries Committees of the Birmingham Corporation. His publications included 'Cloudland and Shadowland, a Story for Children' (1865); Fairy Tales, their Origin and Meaning (1878); 'History of the Corporation of Birmingham' (1885); 'Life of Sir Josiah Mason, with History of Electro-plating and Steel Pen Making' (1890); and 'History of the Birmingham Musical Festivals'. He also edited with additions, 'The Life of David Cox' by W. Hall (1881).


He married Rebecca (nee Cheesewright, d 1891) and had two daughters, Myra Louise (b c 1853) and Kate Elizabeth (b c 1856)


Reference: 'Who was who'

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