Manuscripts collected and compiled by W.H. Rylands. Rylands was a freemason and the first section of his own manuscripts reflects his interest in the history of the order. In his later years he became interested in genealogy and heraldry, and edited several volumes for the Harleian Society. The bulk of this collection relates to these subjects.
- 16th-20th century
15.17 Linear metres (205 boxes)
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Rylands b. 1, fols. 1-2].
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MSS. Rylands b. 1-11, c. 1-30, c. 32-38, c. 40-69, d. 1-57, e. 1-54, f. 1-9
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 11116, 13532
Manuscripts collected and compiled by W.H. Rylands.
Biographical / Historical
William Harry Rylands (1847-1922) was an antiquary and freemason.
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. 52334-52538.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Rylands bequeathed to the Library 'such of my books as they shall select'. The Library acquired the manuscripts, 1922-1941.
- Rylands Manuscripts
- Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Pauline Soum-Paris
- EAD version 2019
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