Miscellaneous manuscripts collected by Massey, mainly historical (17th century) and literary (15th-17th century). Includes:
- (MS. Bodl. 175) Transcript of 24 Chester Mystery plays written in 1604. The last performance of the plays is believed to have been in 1575.
- (MSS. Bodl. 322-329) The original register of the proceedings of the Committee for Plundered Ministers. Seven volumes are arranged by county and cover July 1645 - Dec. 1646, Oct. 1647 - Apr. 1653. One volume (MS. Bodl. 324) is arranged chronologically and covers Oct. 1646 - Apr. 1647.
- 15th-17th cent.
Language of Materials
English, Latin, and Italian
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Bodl. 72].
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Full range of shelfmarks:
MSS. Bodl. 72-73, 175, 221-222, 322-329, 492, 574, 576
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 13219
Biographical / Historical
Richard Middleton Massey, MA, of Brasenose College (1678-1743; FSA 1718, FRS 1712), was at one time under-keeper of the Ashmolean Museum. After leaving the Museum he later went on to practice medicine.
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. V, nos. 27619-632.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The manuscripts were given to the Library by Massey in 1710.
- Massey Manuscripts
- Emily Tarrant
- Language of description