The Stowe collection, named for Stowe House in Buckinghamshire, spans nine centuries. Mostly augmented by family marriages of the 18th century, the papers join the personal and official papers of the Temple, Grenville, Nugent and Brydges families. The papers of Charles O’Connor (1764-1828), Librarian and Chaplain at Stowe, are included with the collection.
The expansiveness of the Stowe papers includes accounts, deeds, rental records, legal documents, manorial court records, household books, inventories, correspondence and financial records. The collection spans local and national politics, as well as the Atlantic slave trade and British West Indies.