Global Encounters and the Archives: Britain’s Empire in the Age of Horace Walpole

This online resource complements the exhibition, Global Encounters and the Archives: Britain's Empire in the Age of Horace Walpole at the Lewis Walpole Library by highlighting archival resources in the library’s collections relevant to an immense range of topics relating to Britain and her Empire in the eighteenth century. It includes images of the manuscripts, rare books, pamphlets, and prints featured in the exhibit together with label texts and essays written by the curators of the physical exhibition. In addition, in effort to bring greater awareness to the library’s rich research materials, the online exhibition provides extended descriptions of select archival collections which can be found under the "Featured Items" tabs.  These collection descriptions can also be found in the "Relation" field within an individual image record. Brief biographies of prominent individuals in the exhibit can be found in the "Biographies" tab.  More detailed biographies can be found at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (institutional access required) and History of Parliament Online (free public access).

Please direct questions and comments to Kristen McDonald (

The Lewis Walpole Library is open to scholars and research visitors who wish to use the rare and primary source materials in the collections. The library is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. throughout the year (excluding University holidays). The library offers a variety of fellowships and travel grants to support research focused in the library’s rich collections of eighteenth-century materials. 



The physical exhibition was curated by Justin Brooks and Heather Vermeulen with Steve Pincus and Cynthia Roman. The online exhibit was created by Kelsey Champagne, Graduate Research Assistant and Kristen McDonald, Public Services, Lewis Walpole Library with help from Melissa Grafe and Steve Wieda.