Guide to the Anne Elizabeth Bontine Diaries and Other Materials

Processed by Andre Ambrus.
Special Collections and Archives
The UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
University of California
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Phone: (949) 824-3947
Fax: (949) 824-2472
Email: spcoll@uci.edu
URL: http://www.lib.uci.edu/rrsc/speccoll.html
© 2004
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Anne Elizabeth Bontine Diaries and Other Materials

Collection number: MS-M29

Special Collections and Archives

The UCI Libraries

University of California

Irvine, California

Contact Information

  • Special Collections and Archives
  • The UCI Libraries
  • P.O. Box 19557
  • University of California
  • Irvine, California 92623-9557
  • Phone: (949) 824-3947
  • Fax: (949) 824-2472
  • Email: spcoll@uci.edu
  • URL: http://www.lib.uci.edu/rrsc/speccoll.html
Processed by:
Andre Ambrus
Date Completed:
2004
Encoded by:
Andre Ambrus
© 2004 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Anne Elizabeth Bontine diaries and other materials,
Date (inclusive): 1850-1923
Collection number: MS-M029
Creator: Bontine, Anne Elizabeth, 1828-1925
Extent: 1 linear foot 1 box
Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Abstract: This collection comprises 22 diaries by Anne Elizabeth Bontine, the mother of 19th century Scottish politician and author Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham. The materials generally describe her reflections on social activities in Scotland and England providing a detailed account of her life from 1856 until 1923. The diaries also document journeys to European destinations, family issues, and local political and cultural events. Also included is a collection of poetry by Martina Elphinstone Fleeming and a diary by an unknown author.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and University Archives.

Preferred Citation

Anne Elizabeth Bontine diaries and other materials. MS-M29. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Acquired, circa 1966.

Custodial History Note

This collection was separated during processing from the Sir Angus Cunninghame Graham Naval History Manuscripts Collection (MS-M01), Special Collections and Archives.

Processing Information

Processed by Andre Ambrus, 2004.

Biography

Anne Elizabeth Bontine, born Anne Elizabeth Elphinstone Fleeming, was born February 10, 1828. She was the daughter of a Scottish Admiral Charles Elphinstone Fleeming and Catalina Paulina Alessandro de Jiménez, a Spanish aristocrat. She married William Cunninghame Bontine and was the mother of Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham and Commander Charles Elphinstone Fleeming Cunninghame Graham, father of collector Angus Cunninghame Graham. She died in 1925 at the age of 97.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection comprises 22 diaries by Anne Elizabeth Bontine, the mother of 19th century Scottish politician and author Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham. The materials generally describe her reflections on social activities in Scotland and England providing a detailed account of her life from 1856 until 1923. The diaries also document journeys to European destinations, family issues, and local political and cultural events. Also included is a collection of poetry by Martina Elphinstone Fleeming and a diary by an unknown author.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by type of material, and then chronologically.

Collection Contents

Box 1 : 1-23

Diaries

Box 1 : 1

1850 October 20-1859 December 31.

Scope and Content Note

The bound diary itself begins on August 11, 1856, but includes 14 leaves of an earlier diary.
Box 1 : 2

1860 January 1-September 4

Box 1 : 3

1881 January 1-December 31

Box 1 : 4

1881 March 31-May 10

Box 1 : 5

1883 January 1-1884 March 16

Box 1 : 6

1884 March 17-October 10

Box 1 : 7

1884 October 11-1885 June 27

Box 1 : 8

1885 July 1-1887 November 29.

Scope and Content Note

Includes handwritten letter.
Box 1 : 9

1886 December 1- 1887 December 31.

Scope and Content Note

Unknown author.
Box 1 : 10

1887 December 1-1888 June 13

Box 1 : 11

1896 July 22-September 9

Box 1 : 12

1901 August 2-1902 July 20

Box 1 : 13

1902 July 21-1904 February 10

Box 1 : 14

1904 March 3-December 31

Box 1 : 15

1907 January 1-1908 September 10

Box 1 : 16

1908 September 11-1909 December 31.

Scope and Content Note

Includes undated newspaper article with photograph showing R.B. Cunninghame Graham in Hyde Park.
Box 1 : 17

1910 January 1-1911 May 12

Box 1 : 18

1912 September 30-1913 December 31

Box 1 : 19

1917 January 1-1918 January 1

Box 1 : 20

1918 January 2-1919 October 3

Box 1 : 21

1919 October 4 -December 31.

Scope and Content Note

Includes letters by A.E. Bontine and brief notes by unknown authors.
Box 1 : 22

1920 January 1-1922 December 25

Box 1 : 23

1923 January 1-August 8

Box 1 : 24-26

Additional materials

Box 1 : 24

Fleeming, Martina Elphinstone, collected poetry, circa 1830

Box 1 : 25

Notebook, circa 1880.

Scope and Content Note

Unknown author, includes 2 handwritten letters.
Box 1 : 26

"Our sailors," postcards depicting life in the Navy, produced by Millot, circa 1915.

Physical Description: 20 items.