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Topographical collections, correspondence and papers of Sir Thomas Phillipps


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Phillipps's archive consists 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


  • Creation: 16th-20th century


162.91 Linear metres (1949 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin
  • French, Old (842-ca.1400)
  • French
  • Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
  • German
  • Spanish; Castilian

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. Phillipps-Robinson a. 1, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Phillipps-Robinson a. 1-48, b. 1-218, c. 1-36, c. 38-249, c. 250-349, c. 351-692, c. 696-726, d. 1-4, d. 6-326, e. 1-509, f. 1-83, g. 1-6; Rubbings Phillipps-Robinson 1-933

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16120


Topographical collections, correspondence and papers of Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872).

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
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Pauline Soum-Paris
EAD version 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom