Manuscripts collected and compiled by W.H. Rylands. Rylands was a freemason and the first section of his own manuscripts reflects his interest in the history of the order. In his later years he became interested in genealogy and heraldry, and edited several volumes for the Harleian Society. The bulk of this collection relates to these subjects.
- 16th-20th cent.
Language of Materials
English and Latin
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Rylands b. 1].
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MSS. Rylands b. 1-11, c. 1-30, c. 32-8, c. 40-69, d. 1-57, e. 1-54, f. 1-9
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 11116, 13532
Biographical / Historical
William Harry Rylands (1847-1922) was an antiquary and freemason.
Other Finding Aids
M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, nos. 52334-538.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Rylands bequeathed to the Library 'such of my books as they shall select'. The Library acquired the manuscripts, 1922-1941.
- Rylands Manuscripts
- Emily Tarrant
- Language of description