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Archive of the Bibliographical Society


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The Archive consists primarily of the administrative records of the Bibliographical Society. This includes members’ correspondence and records, financial and administrative records and minutes of meetings. It also includes correspondence re various events in the history of the Society, publications and other society matters.


  • Creation: 1892-1999


19.33 Linear metres (116 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 8056].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. c. 8056-8170; MS. Photogr. c. 504

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 6284


Archive of the Bibliographical Society, 1892-1999, including minutes, financial and membership papers, officers' papers and papers relating to publications.

Biographical / Historical

The Bibliographic Society was founded in 1892 and is dedicated to the promotion of the study of the book and its history. In addition to encouraging research in the areas of bibliography and the history of the book trade, it also offers grants and awards for excellence in research in this field, and offers a series of lectures on the topic both for members and to the public through special events. The Society publishes a quarterly scholarly journal entitled The Library. It has also published a number of works in the fields of Historical bibliography, publishing and the book trade.


The Archive has been arranged in series. The materials, however, have not been further arranged at an item level and are in original order at the file level in most cases.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were deposited by the Bibliographical Society on 19 November 2008.

Catalogue of the archive of the Bibliographical Society 1892-1999
Finding aid prepared by Kate Santry
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom