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'Oxford: D[ictionary of] N[ational] B[iography] / St. Johns / Linacre / Taylorian / Voltaire Foundation': correspondence and papers of Giles Barber, 1964-2011 and n.d. [c.2000-2005]

MS. 9101/108

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  1. 'D[ictionary of] N[ational] B[iography]’, drafts of Oxford Dictionary of National Biography entries by Barber for Theodore Besterman (1904-1976), bibliographer, and translator of Voltaire; Robert Shackleton (1919-1986), university teacher and librarian; Jean-Charles de Sismondi (1773-1842) economist and historian; and Alphonse Symons (1900-1941), author and bibliophile, and related papers, 1993 and n.d. [c.2004]
  2. papers relating to Barber’s entry for Theodore Besterman (1904-1976), bibliographer, and translator of Voltaire, in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, n.d. [c.2004]
  3. 'Linacre College, Archive file / reference', correspondence and papers relating to Barber’s Fellowship of Linacre College and his role as Librarian, 1964-1999; letters from Linacre College regarding the deaths of Fellows, 2004-2005
  4. 'Taylorian', correspondence and papers relating to Barber’s role as Librarian of the Taylor Institution, including those relating to his application, his appointment to the post, and his retirement in 1996, 1969-1996. Includes a list of Barber’s publications up to 1985.
  5. 'Some Taylorian history: the Taylorian Librarians', probably by Barber, marked 'mainly internal circulation', [2005]
  6. 'Cocteau Competition', papers relating to the marking of 100 years of French and Spanish teaching at Oxford, and a competition involving the transcription of a phrase from a letter written by Jean Cocteau displayed in an exhibition at the Taylor Institution Library, 2005
  7. Voltaire Foundation letter relating to the Owen Taylor Research Fund, 2004
  8. papers relating to Oxford University, Colleges and libraries in books, magazines and newsletters, 2005-2011 and n.d. [c.2000]


  • 1964-2011 and n.d. [c.2000-2005]


1 box (8 folders)

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. 9101/108

Biographical / Historical

Theodore Besterman was a collector and translator of the writings of Voltaire. He bequeathed his collection of books and manuscripts to the Taylor Institution, Oxford University’s centre for the study of modern European languages and literatures. The Voltaire Foundation, which grew out of this, is a world leader in 18th century scholarship and enlightenment studies.

The Owen Taylor Research Fund was established in memory of Professor Owen Taylor (1912-1983), Professor of French at Queen Mary College, University of London, and in recognition of his contribution to the study of French literature of the eighteenth century. The Fund awards grants annually to research students and lecturers to assist with expenses of travel to libraries and archives.

Repository Details

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