Series One: The Francis Place Papers in the British Library, Department of Manuscripts
Part One: 1791-1854--Additional Manuscripts 27789-27830
Part Two: 1791-1854--Additional Manuscripts 27831-27859, 35142-35154, 36623-36628, 37949-37950
Francis Place (1771-1854) was England's most famous and effective extra-parliamentary radical. He played a central part in a series of radical organizations and campaigns from the 1790s to 1850s, including Joseph Hume's repeal of the Combination Laws and the drafting of the 1838 People's Charter. The Francis Place material constitutes an unrivalled and indispensable source for early 19th-century political and social history.
Series One: 54 reels
Series Two: The Francis Place Collection in the British Library Department of Printed Books
Part One: 1770-1853--Sets 47-49, 51-53, 55-63, 65-72
Part Two: 1805-1852--Sets 47-49, 51-53, 55-63, 65-72
This second series contains the famous thematic Guard-books of contemporary press cuttings, a mass of ephemera and some correspondence and manuscript materials. This has long been recognized as one of the unique collections of research material for the political, social and economic history of Britain in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
This series contains collections of newspaper cuttings and placards, many of them not otherwise extant, and some manuscript material, and is particularly rich for the Reform Crisis, trade unionism and Chartism. Part One is a rich source for the Corn Laws, distress riots, various manufacturing industries and parliamentary reform, while Part Two contains material on many key issues and movements including Chartism, socialism, communism, the Combination Laws, sanitary laws, machine breaking and union strikes.
Series Two: 52 reels
Complete Collection: 106 reels