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Tanner Manuscripts


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Tanner's collections contain much on the 17th-century Church, including correspondence of successive Archbishops of Canterbury, Gilbert Sheldon, 1663-77, and William Sancroft, 1677-90; and many papers relating to the Civil War and Interregnum, mainly correspondence of William Lenthall, Speaker of the House of Commons 1640-60. Sancroft's 'Adversaria', comprise mainly theological writings by Archbishop Sancroft.


  • 10th-18th century


635 shelfmarks

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin
  • Greek, Modern (1453-)
  • French
  • Hebrew
Also includes some Anglo-Norman.

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Sancroft 1-145; Tanner 1-10, 10*, 11-56, 57a-b, 58a-b, 59a-b, 60a-b, 61, 62a-b, 63-72, 73a-b, 74-169, 169*, 170-225, 225*, 226-74, 275a-b, 276-454, 455a-b, 456a-b, 457-63, 464a-e, 465-9, 469*, 470-3

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16114

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Tanner was born in 1674, and matriculated at Queen's College, Oxford, 17 December 1689. In 1697 he became Fellow of All Souls. He was Prebendary of Ely, 1713-23, Archdeacon of Norfolk in 1721, and Canon of Christ Church from 3 February 1724. On 23 January 1732 he was made Bishop of St. Asaph. He died in Oxford, 14 December 1735. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Other Finding Aids

For reference to detailed published catalogues of the Tanner and Sancroft MSS., see below under each component.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

By his will Tanner's manuscripts passed to the Library, and were received about three months after his death.
Tanner Manuscripts
Emily Tarrant
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom