Lord Aberdare’s Papers on the History of Tennis & Rackets

The Papers of the 4th Baron Aberdare (Morys George Lyndhurst Bruce, 1919-2005) are held in the University of Liverpool Library, Special Collections & Archive.

The reference for this collection is: gb 141 GB 141 D434

There are 9 boxes and 4 oversized items in the Collection.

An index with call numbers D434/1-29 and descriptions of each box item is available online.

The papers were deposited between 1987-2001. The owner of the papers (as of 2014) is the Honourable James H. Morys Bruce.

From the University of Liverpool Library SC&A website: “The collection comprise research notes, correspondence, press cuttings and publications, photographs, etc., together with copies of national and local newspapers and journals (which include references to tennis and rackets), which Lord Aberdare assembled in the course of his lifelong research into the history of (real) tennis and rackets, on which he has published the two standard works, The Story of Tennis (1959) and The Willis Faber Book of Tennis and Rackets (1980). Some of the papers were assembled by his father, the 3rd Baron Aberdare (1885-1957), the distinguished athlete, who, with E.B. Noel, was author of First Steps to Rackets(1926) and was editor of the Lonsdale Library volume on Rackets, Squash Rackets, Tennis, Fives and Badminton (1933). The papers were principally assembled over the period since 1932.”

“Access is open to bona fide researchers except to those wishing to consult D434/19 who have to obtain the written consent of the Chief Executive and Secretary, The Tennis and Rackets Association, c/o The Queen’s Club, Palliser Road, West Kensington, London, W14 9EQ.”