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Bodleian Library Records

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The Bodleian’s collection of Library Records preserves a variety of material that reflects the administration and daily concerns of the Library over a period of four hundred years. It includes papers concerning Library finances, the construction and repair of buildings, the acquisition and cataloguing of collections; correspondence with donors, depositors and enquirers; and records of readers’ admission and book orders.

These papers are of historical significance and preserved for the benefit of researchers. Not all series are complete and some material under fifty years old remains closed.

Dates

  • 1600-1985

Extent

592.35 Linear metres (5385 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

English, Latin, Hebrew and French.

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio reference, where available, e.g. Library Records b. 828, fol. 16].
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Full range of shelfmarks

Library Records a.1-f.9

Collection ID (for staff)

Library Records A-G

Overview

Administrative records generated by the Bodleian Library, 1600-1985.

Biographical / Historical

The Bodleian Library is the principal library of the University of Oxford. It incorporates an earlier library that housed the collection of Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester and brother to Henry V, which opened in 1488.

For further details see A Brief History of the Bodleian Library by Mary Clapinson, Bodleian Library, 2015.

Arrangement

The collection has been organised into five series: administration, collections, public relations, modern Bodleian departments and unofficial papers of Bodleian employees.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Records preserved as the historic archive of the Bodleian Libraries.
Title
Catalogue of Bodleian Library Records
Status
Completed
Author
Theodora Boorman and Oliver House
Date
2016
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Contact:
Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom