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Wood Manuscripts


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Wood's manuscripts are arranged in four collections:
  1. MSS. Wood - antiquarian manuscripts
  2. MSS. Wood empt. - medieval manuscripts
  3. MSS. Wood donat. - Gerard Langbaine's Adversaria
  4. MSS. Wood Additional - Oxford history


  • 11th-17th cent.


154 shelfmarks

Language of Materials

English, Latin, French, and Greek

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Add. C. 173; Ashm. Mus. c. 1; Wood B. 1-15, C. 1-12, C. 52-3, D. 1-5, D. 7-20, D. 32-3, E. 1-12, E. 14, E. 29, E. 32-3, F. 1-21, F. 23-37, F. 39-51; Wood donat. 1-9; Wood empt. 1-25; Wood Rolls 1

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16118

Biographical / Historical

Anthony À Wood was born on 17 December 1632. He was educated at New College School, Thame School, and Merton College, Oxford (Commoner 1647, BA 1652, MA 1655). He did not, however, distinguish himself in academic pursuits and published nothing until late in life. His manuscript 'History and Antiquities of the University of Oxford' was bought by the University Press, which published it in a Latin translation as Historia et Antiquitates Universitatis Oxoniensis (1674). Wood, dissatisfied with this, continued to work at the English copy, which was eventually published in a longer form by John Gutch in 1786-90. In 1691-2 he produced his Athenae Oxonienses, a biographical dictionary of Oxford writers and bishops. Next year he was exiled from the University for his libel on the Earl of Clarendon's father, but he recanted and was allowed to return. He died on 29 November 1695. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. II, nos. 8463-8622.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were acquired by the Library, 1690-1860.


  • A full account of the collection can be found in Andrew Clark, Life and Times of Anthony Wood, vols. i (1891), pp. 6-21; iv (1895), pp. 228-50 (Oxford Historical Society, vols. xix, xxx).
Wood Manuscripts
Emily Tarrant
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom