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Rawlinson A: English History, 12th-18th century

Manuscripts relating to English history, including:
  1. State Papers of John Thurloe, secretary of state to Oliver and Richard Cromwell, 1638-60 (73 volumes)
  2. Papers relating to Parliament, 17th-18th century
  3. Papers of Samuel Pepys, secretary to the Admiralty, 17th century (26 volumes)
  4. Papers relating to the Navy, 16th-17th century
The manuscripts are mainly English, Latin, Dutch and French, but also include some other European languages.


  • 12th-18th century

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin
  • Dutch; Flemish
  • French

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Rawl. A. 1-365, A. 367-70, A. 372-3, A. 375-406, A. 408-14, A. 416-18, A. 420-6, A. 429-38, A. 440-1, A. 443-5, A. 447-99

Other Finding Aids

Full descriptions, are in William D. Macray, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae partis quintae fasciculus primus viri munificentissimi Ricardi Rawlinson, J.C.D., codicum classes duas priores, ad rem historicam praecipue et topographicam spectantes, complectens (Oxford, 1862).

Brief one-line descriptions, with shelfmarks and short titles, are in Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. III, nos. 10884-11373.


  • T. Birch ed., A Collection of the State Papers of John Thurloe, Esq. Secretary to the Council of State and the two Protectors Oliver and Richard Cromwell (London, 1742).

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom