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Barlow Manuscripts


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Miscellaneous manuscripts collected by Thomas Barlow. The manuscripts, chiefly medieval, include Latin, English, Middle English, Italian, Greek and Russian.


  • 10th-17th cent.


55 shelfmarks

Language of Materials

Latin, English, Middle English, Italian, Ancient Greek, and Russian

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Barlow 1].
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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Barlow 1-55

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12781

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Barlow, a Westmorland man, was born in 1607. He was educated at the Queen's College, whence he took his BA degree in 1630, becoming MA and fellow in 1633. In 1653 he was elected Bodley's Librarian, and four years later became provost of his college. He resigned the librarianship in 1660 to become Lady Margaret Professor, and became Bishop of Lincoln in 1675. He died in 1691.

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. 6413-6490.

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Barlow.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were bequeathed to the Library by Barlow in 1691.
Barlow Manuscripts
Emily Tarrant
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom