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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA K/PP128 Child
CHILD, Edwin (b 1846)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box or 0.01 cubic metres.


Name of creator(s)

Child, Edwin, b 1846, seed merchant

Administrative / Biographical history

Born in London, 1846; worked in the family business, Nottinghamshire, as a seed merchant; trapped in the city during the siege of Paris, Franco-Prussian War, and volunteered for the Garde Nationale de la Seine, Nov 1870-Feb 1871; returned to England after the lifting of the siege in 1871.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The papers were presented to King's College by Miss Edwina Child, the daughter of Edwin Child, in 1964 via Professor Sir Michael Howard.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Edwin Child, 1866-1871, notably relating to his experiences during the Siege of Paris, Franco-Prussian War, Sep 1870-Jan 1871, comprising diaries, 1866-1871, containing daily entries recording events and often weather, part of which is written on copies of Lettre-Journal de Paris: Gazette des Absents , 1870; letters (as balloon post) to his family and 'Mary-Ann', describing conditions under the siege, 1870-1871; papers relating to his service in the Garde Nationale de la Seine, 1870-1871, including record of service, testimonial, passes for safe-conduct, identity papers and bread ration coupons; photographs of Child and of scenes of the Franco-Prussian War; printed journals and books comprising French publications largely relating to the siege, 1870-1871.

System of arrangement

The papers are arranged as follows: manuscripts, letters, miscellaneous papers and documents, photographs, printed journals and books.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material

English and French

Finding aids

Collection level description available in hard copy in the reading room of King's College London Archives.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: King's College London, Manuscripts and Private Papers, A Select Guide. Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

January 2001

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  • Communications media
  • Diaries
  • Documents
  • European history
  • French history
  • History
  • Information sciences
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • National history
  • Newspapers
  • Nonfiction
  • Periodicals
  • Photographs
  • Primary documents
  • Prose
  • Publications
  • Visual materials
  • War diaries

Personal names

  • Child, Edwin, b 1846, Seed merchant

Corporate names

  • Garde Nationale de la Seine
  • King's College London College Archives


  • Paris, France

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