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Topographical collections, correspondence and papers of Sir Thomas Phillipps


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Phillipps's papers consist of:
  1. Topographical manuscripts relating to more than one county, including drawings, rubbings, lists, indexes and transcripts of various records, indexes, lists, abstracts and copies of wills and pedigrees; manuscripts relating to individual counties arranged alphabetically Bedfordshire - Yorkshire
  2. Phillipps family correspondence and papers, including estate papers and papers relating to Phillipps's collections


  • 16th-20th cent.


2849 shelfmarks

Language of Materials

English, Latin, Old French, French, Ancient Greek, German and Spanish

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Phillipps-Robinson a. 1-48, b. 1-218, c. 1-726, d. 1-326, e. 1-509, f. 1-83, g. 1-6; Rubbings Phillipps-Robinson 1-933

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16120

Biographical / Historical

Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bart. (1792-1872) was a collector of manuscripts and printed books. The late A.N.L. Munby, whose Phillipps studies (5 vols., Cambridge, 1951-60) describes Phillipps's life and the acquisition and dispersal of his manuscripts, called his library 'the greatest collection of manuscripts ever put together by one man'. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography. Dispersal of Phillipps's extensive collection began soon after his death. Lionel and Philip Robinson acquired the undispersed part of the collection in 1946, and gave the topographical collections, together with Phillipps's personal papers, to the Library in 1958.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was given to the Library by Lionel and Philip Robinson in 1958.

Existence and Location of Copies

For conservation reasons, microfilms of the majority of Phillipps's correspondence are to be consulted in place of the original papers.
Topographical collections, correspondence and papers of Sir Thomas Phillipps
Emily Tarrant
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom