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Archive of Sir Frederick Maurice Powicke


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The archive comprises general correspondence, subject files and files relating to Powicke's academic work including lectures, essays and research notes.


  • Creation: 1882-1964


6.8 Linear metres (41 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 12384/1 fol. 1].

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MSS. 12384/1-33

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12384


Correspondence and papers of the historian, Sir Frederick Maurice Powicke, mainly relating to his academic work.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Frederick Maurice Powicke was born in Northumberland in 1879 and educated at Stockport grammar school, the University of Manchester and Balliol College, Oxford.

Powicke was Professor of Modern History at Queen's University Belfast, 1909-1919, Professor of Medieval History at the University of Manchester, 1919-1928, and Regius Professor of Modern History at the University of Oxford, 1928-1947. He published works on British and European medieval history and served as President of the Royal Historical Society from 1933 to 1937. He died in 1963.

For further details see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Custodial History

Part of the archive was at Oxford University's History Faculty Library until 1982.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The archive was received partly from Sir Frederick Maurice Powicke in 1960 and partly from the History Faculty Library in 1982 on the instructions of Sir Richard Southern.

Related Materials

Further papers of Sir Frederick Maurice Powicke can be found at the University of Manchester Library and there are letters from him at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, the University of Reading Special Collections, Glasgow University Archive Services and in the A.J. Carlyle, William Clark, Lionel Curtis and John Simon Papers at the Bodleian Library.

Catalogue of the Archive of Sir Frederick Maurice Powicke
Finding aid prepared by Emma Atkinson
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom