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The Howard Gray Swann collection of Warton Family Papers


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The papers include notebooks of Thomas Warton (1688-1745); correspondence and papers of Thomas Warton (1728-1790); correspondence and papers of Joseph Warton; family correspondence of the wife and daughter of Joseph Warton; and 18th- and 19th-century papers of other members of the Warton family.


  • Creation: 1688-1864


1.43 Linear metres (13 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark, e.g. Dep. d. 483, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

Dep. b. 220-1, c. 547-50, d. 483-7, e. 245, f. 43

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12708


Papers of the Warton family, 1688-1864, including Thomas Warton (1688-1745), Joseph Warton (1722-1800), Thomas Warton (1728-1790).

Biographical / Historical

The members of the Warton family represented in this collection are Thomas Warton (1688-1745), professor of poetry at Oxford, 1718-28; and his two sons Joseph Warton (1722-1800), critic, and Thomas Warton (1728-1790), poet, antiquary and literary scholar. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Mrs Howard Gray Swann, who deposited the collection, is the ancestor of Joseph Warton's daughter Catherine Swann.

Custodial History

The papers were given to Trinity College, Oxford, by Mrs Howard Gray Swann.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Trinity College deposited the papers in the Bodleian in 1973.

Catalogue of the Howard Gray Swann Collection of Warton Family Papers, 1688-1864
1973, EAD version 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom