Mundella, Anthony John, 1825-1897

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Epithet: MP, Vice-President of Council for Education

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The content of the papers is mainly political, and consists largely of the correspondence of Mundella, a prominent Liberal M.P. of the later 19th century who attained Cabinet rank. Also included in the collection are letters, not involving Mundella, of the family of Robert Leader, acquired by Mundella's daughter Maria Theresa who intended to write a biography of her father, and transcriptions by Maria Theresa of correspondence between Mundella and Robert Leader, John Daniel Leader and another Sheffield Liberal M.P., Henry Joseph Wilson. The collection does not include any of the business archives of Hine and Mundella.

Anthony John Mundella (1825-1897) was born in Leicester of an Italian father and an English mother. After education at a National School he entered the hosiery trade, ultimately becoming a partner in the firm of Hine and Mundella of Nottingham. He became active in the political life of Nottingham, and after giving a series of public lectures in Sheffield was invited to contest the seat in the General Election of 1868.

Mundella was Liberal M.P. for Sheffield from 1868 to 1885, and for the Brightside division of the Borough from November 1885 to his death in 1897. He served in successive governments under Gladstone: as Vice-President of the Committee of Council on Education from April 1880 until June 1885; as President of the Board of Trade, with a seat in the Cabinet, from January until July 1886; and from August 1892 until his resignation in May 1894. His principal political interests were in the promotion of arbitration in labour disputes, and the provision of education, in particular technical education. He died on 21 July 1897.

The standard biography is by W.H.G. Armytage: A.J. Mundella 1825-1897: the Liberal background to the Labour Movement (London, 1951)., while an unpublished Sheffield University thesis: The career of A.J. Mundella, with special reference to his Sheffield connections, by Margaret Higginbotham, was presented in 1941. Both of these works are based in part on the Mundella Papers.

From the guide to the Anthony John Mundella Papers, 1861-1932 (also Leader Family correspondence 1848-1890), (University of Sheffield Library)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Papers of the National Liberal Club, 1793-1998 University of Bristol Special Collections
referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Vol. XXVIII (ff. 299). 1889-1895.includes:ff. 1, 38 Robert Yellowlees, Provost of Stirling: Letters to Sir H. Campbell-Bannerman: 1884-1889.f. 3 Richard Annan, of Edinburgh: Letter to Sir H. CampbellBannerman: 1889.f. 5 Robert Blair, solicitor,..., 1889-1895 British Library
referencedIn Anthony John Mundella Papers, 1861-1932 (also Leader Family correspondence 1848-1890) University of Sheffield Library
referencedIn Vol. XXIX (ff. 295). 1896-March 1899.includes:ff. 1, 3, 69 (typewritten, signed) Field-Marshal Sir Henry Evelyn Wood, GCB: Correspondence with Sir H. Campbell-Bannerman: 1893-1899.f. 5 b Anthony John Mundella, MP: Letters to Sir H. Campbell-Banne... British Library
referencedIn Letters and family papers, 1783-1957. Houghton Library.
referencedIn CORRESPONDENCE of Henry Wallis, R.W.S., Secretary of the International Committee for the Preservation of the Basilica of St. Mark's, Venice; l879-1882. The Committee was appointed at a meeting of the Society of Arts, 31 May, 1880, to keep a watchful ..., 1879-1882 British Library
referencedIn Vol. XXVII (ff. 230). 1874-1888.includes:ff. 1, 115 Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, 2nd Baronet; PC; MP: Letters to Sir H. Campbell-Bannerman: 1874-1904. ff. 3-8 John Robert Townshend, 3rd Viscount and (1874) Earl Sydney; Lord Chamberlain: Letters to Si..., 1874-1888 British Library
creatorOf Anthony John Mundella Papers, 1861-1932 (also Leader Family correspondence 1848-1890) University of Sheffield Library
referencedIn Josephine Butler Letters Collection, c.1816-1907 The Women' s Library
creatorOf Wilson, Stephen Shipley, 1904-. Letters, ca.1850-1950. Haverford College Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Direct Relationships
Relation Name
associatedWith Leader Robert 1809-1885 person
associatedWith Liberal Party (Great Britain) corporateBody
associatedWith Mundella Anthony John 1825-1897 person
associatedWith Mundella Maria Theresa fl. 1880 person
associatedWith National Liberal Club corporateBody
correspondedWith Peabody, Marian Lawrence, 1875- person
correspondedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 person
associatedWith Wilson Henry Joseph 1833-1914 person
associatedWith Wilson, Stephen Shipley, 1904- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Leven Vale, Dumbarton
Ireland, Europe
Liverpool, Lancashire
South Queensferry, West Lothian
Sheffield (Yorkshire, England)
Scotland, United Kingdom
Medway Division, Kent
Venice, Italy
Stirling, Scotland
Ireland, Europe
Maidstone, Kent
Dunfermline, Fifeshire
New Cumnock, Ayrshire
Technical education Great Britain
Labor disputes Great Britain
Arbitration, Industrial Great Britain


Birth 1825-03-28

Death 1897-07-21



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