Trevelyan (Charles Edward) Archive

Subject strengths: History, Politics, Education

The Trevelyan Papers, deposited by the Trevelyan family, are those of several generations of the Trevelyan family whose home was Wallington Hall, Northumberland. The archive is rich and diverse, not least because the family had so many roles and indulged so many interests between them that the archive can truly be described as multi-disciplinary.

Charles Edward Trevelyan (1807-1886) worked for the East India Company and the Home Civil Service. He was Assistant Secretary to the Treasury during the Irish Famine. Although his papers largely reflect his interest in Civil Service reform, the papers include some material relating to education.

Collection Name and Collection Reference Code:

Collection Name: Trevelyan (Charles Edward) Archive

Archive Ref Code: GB186/CET

Date Range of Material

1807 - 1886

Type of Material

Personal archive

Size of Collection

11 Linear Metres 

How To Order Items From This Collection

Please use the finding aid below to search through a list of the individual items we have within this collection.

If you find an item you would like to consult in the Special Collections reading room, simply make a note of the reference number and title of the item(s) you are interested in (for example CET 13 Europe: Grand Tour).

You can then place your order by linking to our Request Form.

Finding Aid:

Catalogues are available in hard-copy from the Special Collections Reading Room. A scan of the catalogue (which can be text-searched) is also available:

Trevelyan (Charles Edward) Archive Catalogue via online listing.

Related Material

Trevelyan (Charles Philips) Archive

Trevelyan (George Otto) Archive

Trevelyan (Walter Calverley) Archive

Other Resources:

For the papers of Charles Philips Trevelyan’s niece Mary Moorman, see Moorman (Mary) Papers. Other collections with family links to the Trevelyans include Bell (Gertrude) Papers, and Plowden (Lady Bridget) Papers.

For books written by members of the Trevelyan family among others and secondary texts on the Trevelyan Papers, see Trevelyan/Bell/Runciman (TBR) Collection.

Material from this collection was used in our Treasures of the Month feature for February 2002, July 2013 and July 2014.

Projects, Progress and Updates:

The Trevelyan (Charles Edward) Archive is currently the target of a project to create an updated finding aid and improve accessibility to the collection. During this time some parts of the collection may become temporarily unavailable for consultation. For more information please email

In 2012, having previously been on loan since 1967, the Trevelyan Papers were kindly gifted to Special Collections by the family.