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Quick Guide to the contents of the Archives

  • John Bowes’ letters to and from family, friends, land agents, solicitors, business partners, art dealers etc covering estate management, political activity, horse racing, coalmining business, properties, life in Paris during the Franco-Prussian War and Commune 1870-1871, museum collections and building the museum 1810s-1880s
    NB. The Strathmore Archives and The Bowes Museum archives at Durham Record Office include associated material
  • Bills from art dealers in France, Germany, Italy, Belgium and England (inc material now in museum) 1860s-1880s inc material bought at Paris Exhibition 1867, London Exhibition 1871
  • Household bills 1850s-1880s
  • Bills from building suppliers etc, inc Monbro, under M. Pellechet for work on properties in Paris and Louveciennes 1850s-1860s
  • Sale and exhibition catalogues 1850s-1880s
  • Plans for museum by M. Pellechet and Mr Watson 1860s onwards
  • Records of Théâtre des Variétés, Paris in which John Bowes had a financial interest 1847-1855
  • Material relating to earlier members of the Bowes family inc Sir George Bowes (16th century), Mary Eleanor Bowes (18th century)
  • Trustees of the museum records inc minutes, financial, legal matters etc from 1880s
  • Curators’ correspondence from 1880s
  • Exhibition files from 1970s
  • Staff records – wages, applications etc to about 1950s

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