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Microfilms of William Petty Papers


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Microfilms of William Petty papers, consisting of:
  1. Literary manuscripts
  2. Papers relating to Ireland, including volumes of Irish population returns, c.1659
  3. Correspondence
  4. Papers relating to shipbuilding and navigation
  5. Letters and papers of the 6th Marquis of Lansdowne and other 19th and 20th century scholars who have used the papers for their research
  6. Miscellaneous deeds, mainly relating to London property
  7. Schedules and maps of Petty's 'Down Survey'


  • 20th cent.


16 shelfmarks

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Film 1944].
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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Film 1944-59

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13334

Biographical / Historical

Sir William Petty (1623-87) was a political economist. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Other Finding Aids

A description is available in the Library.

A calendar of some of the collection is available in the Library (R. Cat. 106w).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The microfilms were deposited in the Library in 1976 and given in 1993.

Existence and Location of Copies

The originals are held by the British Library.
Microfilms of William Petty Papers
Emily Tarrant
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom