Collection K/PP125 - MOND, Frida (c1847-1923)

Key Information

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MOND, Frida (c1847-1923)


  • 1794-1831 (Creation)

Level of description



5 boxes, 15 outsize boxes, 5 outsize items

Scope and content

Collection of Frida Mond relating to German literature including poems and letters, 1794-1831, by and concerning Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe and a manuscript page (undated) of Wilhelm Tell by Johann Christoph Friedrich Von Schiller; portraits, busts and reliefs of Goethe and Schiller, some of which (including some photographs) are copies of original material held elsewhere; other relics and memorabilia relating to them, some postdating their deaths; and relics comprising jewellery, clothing, hair, possessions and portraits of Lotte Buff (Charlotte Buff, 1753-1828, friend of Goethe 1772).

System of arrangement

Framed pictures; Unframed pictures, engravings, and photographs; Busts, reliefs, etc; Autograph letters and poems; Lotte Buff relics; Various; Miscellaneous Goethe ephemera.

General Information

Name of creator

Biographical history

Frida, daughter of Adolf Meyer Loewenthal of Cologne, born c1847; married in 1866 her cousin Ludwig Mond (born in Cassel, 1839; came to England, 1862; prominent manufacturing chemist and philanthropist; Managing Director of Brunner, Mond & Co Ltd); two sons (Sir Robert Ludwig Mond, 1867-1938, chemist, industrialist, and archaeologist; Alfred Moritz Mond, 1st Baron Melchett, 1868-1930, industrialist, financier and politician); homes at the Hollies, Farnworth, near Widnes, then Winnington Hall, near Northwich, and latterly the Poplars, Avenue Road, Regent's Park London, the Palazzo Zuccari, Rome, and Combe Bank, near Sevenoaks; widowed, 1909; member of the Council of the English Goethe Society; endowed a Goethe Scholarship Fund of the Goethe Society, 1911; friend of Sir Israel Gollancz; died 1923; a benefactor of King's College London; also endowed a British Academy lectureship and prize on Anglo-Saxon and English.

Archival history

Frida Mond bequeathed the collection to King's College, which received it in 1923. Some items appeared in a temporary travelling exhibition, 'The Life and Work of Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, 1749-1832', organised by the Goethe Institute, London, in 1982.

Custodial history

In 1981 the manuscripts, artefacts and portraits were transferred from the German Department, King's College London, to King's College Archives. A few items may be additions to Mrs Mond's original collection.

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archives.

Language of material

  • German

Script of material

Physical Description

Besides manuscript material, there are oil paintings, watercolours, drawings, engravings, prints, photographs and artefacts.

Uploaded finding aid

Existence and location of copies

Some transcripts and translations held at King's College.

Related materials

Frida Mond bequeathed some 300 volumes relating to German literature, especially Schiller and Goethe, to King's College Library, received in 1923 and described in Henry Gibson Atkins, The Frida Mond Collection at King's College: a Descriptive Catalogue [1923-1924]. Marble statues of Sappho and Sophocles bequeathed by Mrs Mond stand in King's College old entrance hall.

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Rules and/or conventions used

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


Archivist's note

Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Sources: brief description in King's College London Manuscripts and Private Papers: A Select Guide (1982); Henry Gibson Atkins, The Frida Mond Collection at King's College: a Descriptive Catalogue [1923-1924]; King's College Calendar 1924-5, p 491; Who's Who and Dictionary of National Biography entries for Ludwig Mond (1839-1909), Sir Robert Ludwig Mond (1867-1938) and Alfred Moritz Mond, first Baron Melchett (1868-1930) (all of whom also appear in the National Register of Archives); J M Cohen, The Life of Ludwig Mond (Methuen, London, 1956), which includes information on Frida Mond; Derek Van Abbe, Goethe (1972); National Register of Archives.

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