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Diaries of Samuel Wilberforce


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This collection comprises diaries kept by Wilberforce from 1853 until his death in 1873. The diaries are written in Letts's Diary No. 9, each with a note that it was examined by Reginald G. Wilberforce, who completed the Life of his father. Some have newspaper cuttings inserted, and notes by Samuel Wilberforce of interesting conversations, all have a list of notable entries at the end.


  • Creation: 1853-1873


2.31 Linear metres (21 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. Dep. e. 311, fols. 1-2].

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Dep. e. 311-331

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15787


Diaries of Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford, 1845-1869, and Bishop of Winchester, 1869-1873

Biographical / Historical

Samuel Wilberforce (1805-1873) was Bishop of Oxford from 1845 to 1869, and Bishop of Winchester, 1869 to 1873 - see Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Dep. e. 312-321 deposited by Mr. John Wilberforce, 1983, with correspondence of Samuel Wilberforce (see Dep. c. 664); e. 311, 331 deposited by him, 1984; e. 322-330 by Mrs. Julia Davidson, 1983.

Deposited (with Dep. c. 664), 1983-1984

Related Materials

Other papers of Samuel Wilberforce in the Bodleian Library are among the Wilberforce family papers (MSS. Wilberforce a. 1, b. 1, c. 1-31, d. 1-51, e. 1-24, f. 1-5, g. 1-17) and additional Wilberforce papers (MSS. Don. e. 164-165; Wilberforce b. 2, c. 33-67, d. 54-56, e. 24).

Catalogue of the diaries of Samuel Wilberforce, 1853-1873
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Conversion to EAD supported by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom