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Archive of Robert Finch


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Archive of Robert Finch, consisting of personal papers, including:

  1. Letters to Finch, arranged alphabetically by correspondent
  2. Journals, 1813-18, written in Portugal, England, France, Italy, Greece and Turkey, giving detailed historical, architectural, archaeological and topographical accounts of places visited
  3. Diaries, 1815-30, in a summary tabular form, written in Italy, Greece, Turkey and Switzerland
  4. Seven commonplace books, c. 1800-10, containing extracts and notes on classical, literary and antiquarian subjects, with copies of letters by Finch, and of Oxford University prize essays and poems, 1773-1804

Also includes manuscripts collected by Finch, 12th-19th century


  • Creation: 12th-19th century


5.95 Linear metres (81 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin
  • Italian
  • French
  • Arabic

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Finch b. 1, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Finch b. 1, c. 1-3, d. 1-30, e. 1-21, e. 23, e. 24*, e. 25-40, f. 1-7, g. 1

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12954


Archive of Robert Finch (1783-1830).

Biographical / Historical

Robert Finch (1783-1830) was an antiquary. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, nos. 46792-872.

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

Custodial History

Robert Finch bequeathed his plate to Balliol College and his library, pictures, coins and medals to the Ashmolean Museum. In 1918 it was agreed that his books and manuscripts should come to the Bodleian Library, with the exception of certain books in foreign languages and dealing with archaeology and fine arts, which were to go to the Taylor Institution and the Ashmolean Museum respectively.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were transferred from the Taylorian to the Bodleian in March 1921


  • Finch's personal papers were used by Elizabeth Nitchie in The Reverend Colonel Finch (New York, 1940).
Catalogue of the archive of Robert Finch
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Pauline Soum-Paris
EAD version 2019
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom