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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1825

Winifred Coombe Tennant papers

Primarily correspondence of Winifred Coombe Tennant, Gerald Balfour, and their son, Henry Coombe Tennant; with photographs, records of psychic research (including automatic writing), correspondence of others, and copies of her diaries.


  • circa 1911-1945

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Special equipment or surrogate required; consult Houghton staff (CD-Rs).


7 linear feet (7 boxes)

5.6 Gigabytes (8 CD-Rs)

Biographical / Historical

Winifred Coombe Tennant was a British suffragist, Liberal politician, philanthropist, patron of the arts and spiritualist. She and her husband, Charles Coombe Tennant (1852–1928), settled near Swansea in South Wales where she became an enthusiastic proponent of Welsh cultural traditions. She was also known by the bardic name "Mam o'r Nedd". She and her husband had three sons and a daughter, two of whom died young.


Minimally processed; arranged in original order.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2008M-11. Bequest of the Estate of Winifred Coombe Tennant, 2008 December.

Existence and Location of Originals

Original diaries of Winifred Coombe Tennant are held by the National Library of Wales.

Processing Information

Processed by Melanie Wisner, 2018.
Link to catalog
Coombe Tennant, Winifred, 1874-1956. Winifred Coombe Tennant papers, circa 1911-1945 (MS Eng 1825): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2018 June 4
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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