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Finding Aids - Papyri, Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts at the Bodleian Library: Oxford College Manuscripts

Oxford college manuscripts

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For an overview of the holdings of the libraries of the Oxford colleges and other institutions, including their printed books, post-medieval manuscripts, and archives, see Paul Morgan, Oxford libraries outside the Bodleian: a guide (2nd. edn., Bodleian Library, Oxford, 1980). [Available from the Bodleian bookshop].

College manuscripts are also listed in the Catalogue of dated and datable manuscripts c.435-1600 in Oxford libraries by Andrew G. Watson, (2 vols., Oxford, 1984).

The illuminated manuscripts of these colleges are described briefly, and many are illustrated, in J. J. G. Alexander and Elzbieta Temple, Illuminated manuscripts in Oxford college libraries, the University Archives and the Taylor Institution (Oxford, 1985).

In addition to those listed below, Christ Church and Queen’s College have deposited their medieval deeds.

Brasenose College

Hertford College

Jesus College

Lady Margaret Hall

Lincoln College

The Lincoln College manuscripts are numbered in separate sequences by language, mostly Latin (Lat.) and Greek (Gr.).

Oriel College

A new catalogue is in preparation by Dr. Jeremy Catto and Dr. Patrick Nold.

St. Edmund Hall

Trinity College

A new catalogue is in course of preparation: please send enquiries to the Trinity College Librarian (library@trinity.ox.ac.uk).

University College

Most manuscripts are on deposit at the Bodleian, but a few are retained by the college.

The following is a list of Oxford institutions with medieval manuscripts, other than those on deposit at the Bodleian, and details of their catalogues. Medieval manuscripts in college libraries by the mid-nineteenth century are generally included in Coxe's Colleges Catalogue; acquisitions since then are described by Ker.

College manuscripts are also listed in the Catalogue of dated and datable manuscripts c.435-1600 in Oxford libraries by Andrew G. Watson, (2 vols., Oxford, 1984).

All Souls College

Balliol College

Campion Hall

Manuscripts sold at Sotheby's, London, 23 June 1992.

Christ Church

A descriptive catalogue of the western manuscripts, to c. 1600, in Christ Church, Oxford by Ralph Hanna and David Rundle (Oxford, 2017)

Corpus Christi College

A descriptive catalogue of the medieval manuscripts of Corpus Christi College Oxford, by R. M. Thomson (Cambridge, 2011)

 

Exeter College

Keble College

Magdalen College

A new catalogue is in course of preparation by Prof. Ralph Hanna III.

Merton College

New College

Pembroke College

St. Hilda's College

St. John's College

Wadham College

Worcester College

Vol. I* contains descriptions of the MSS. of the following colleges:
• University
• Balliol
• Merton
• Exeter
• Oriel
• Queen's
• New
• Lincoln
* Reprinted as:

Vol. II contains descriptions of the MSS. of the following colleges:
• All Souls
• Magdalen
• Brasenose
• Corpus Christi
• Trinity
• St. John's
• Jesus
• Wadham
• Worcester
• Hertford

Note that in each volume each college is treated in a separately-paginated section.

Most of the manuscripts acquired by these colleges since the publication of Coxe's catalogue are described in:

pp. 584-735, where further bibliography will also be found.

Coxe does not include an index of incipits, but this is partially supplied by:

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