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George Aust papers

Call Number: OSB MSS 270
Scope and Contents

The George Aust Papers consists of professional papers, legal and financial records, professional and personal correspondence, and other documents pertaining to the life and work of British civil servant George Aust. Aust’s papers document his career of over fifty years in government service, including his position as Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from 1790 to 1796. Correspondents include his wife Sarah Murray Aust; William Eden, first Baron Auckland; Sir James Bland Burges; Thomas Bowdler; Lord William Wyndam Grenville; William Augustus Miles; Lady Barbara Montagu; John Osborn; Bishop Thomas Percy; Sarah Scott; and Philip Yorke, second Earl of Hardwicke. The collection spans the years 1746-1837, with the bulk of the material dating from 1762-1827.

Language of Materials

In English and French.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The George Aust Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Arthur Freeman on the James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection Fund, 2002.


Organized into four series: I. Professional Papers, 1763-1827. II. Personal Papers, 1746-1837. III. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1762-1815. IV. Collection Inventories, undated.

Associated Materials

George Aust papers concerning the Secret Service, 1794-1800 (OSB MSS 148). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

Majority of material found within 1762-1827
7.5 Linear Feet (10 boxes)
Related Names
Aust, George, 1741-1829
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Language of Materials