Sir Matthew Nathan Papers

Repository: National Library of Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleSir Matthew Nathan Papers
Archive ReferenceIE DuNL MS/ 49,855
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Datesca1909-1919
Extent Medium3 folders


Creator(s): Nathan, Sir Matthew, 1862-1939

  • Administrative History ↴

    Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Matthew Nathan was born in England. A soldier by profession, he was deployed to Sudan and India. By the early 1900s, he worked for the General Post Office and was Chairman of the Board of Inland Revenue. Between 1914 and 1916, he was Under-Secretary for Ireland but resigned following the Easter Rising. He joined the Ministry of Pensions and, in 1920, he became Governor of Queensland. He died in England in 1939.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Nathan, Sir Matthew, 1862-1939 ↴

    Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Matthew Nathan’s personal papers largely concern his role as Under-Secretary for Ireland, 1914-1916. The collection includes minutes of the Defence of the Realm Regulations Amendment Committee, the informal conference on Irish transfers orders-in-council, a report of the committee of alleged German outrages during the First World War and a copy of a letter sent by David Lloyd George to Sir Horace Plunkett. Also contains other political letters and receipts mostly relating to the removal of Nathan’s belongings from the Under-Secretary’s Lodge following his resignation in 1916.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    The collection is arranged as follows: I. Management of Under Secretary’s Lodge 1910-1917. II. Political Papers, 1912-1918.
    III. Personal Correspondence, 1914-1919.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Access with a valid National Library of Ireland Readers Ticket.
Conditions Governing ReproductionReproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.
Creation Datesca1909-1919
Extent Medium3 folders
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids An item level catalogue is available online ( Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

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Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteFiona Hughes
Rules/ConventionsNLI guidelines based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000, and Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)
Date of Descriptions42095