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Archive of William Bright


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Papers of William Bright and of his executors, including:

  1. Letters to Bright from H.P. Liddon, 1861-1890
  2. Diaries of Bright's friendship with W.H. Seary, 1873-1900
  3. Notebooks containing antiquarian notes by Bright on Oxford university and city, especially Christ Church, c.1882-7
  4. Bank books, household account books and business papers, 1851-1901
  5. Legal and financial papers relating to the affairs of Bright's mother and step-father, Marianne and Daniel Maude, 1838-1911
  6. Account book of the trust fund set up under Maude's will, 1875-1910
  7. Five copies and drafts of Bright's will, 1900-1901, with related papers of his executors, 1901-1916
  8. Papers relating to chief rents in Hulme and Lower Broughton, Lancs., bought by Daniel Maude, 1851, and sold by Bright's executors, 1902


  • Creation: 1838-1916


1.93 Linear metres (29 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. lett. d. 300, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. lett. d. 300-302; Top. gen. c. 87, e. 129; Top. Lancs. c. 7; Top. Oxon. c. 607-611, e. 463-471, f. 67-76

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12818


Archive of William Bright

Biographical / Historical

William Bright (1824-1901) was an ecclesiastical historian. 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. I, nos. 41723-52.

A fuller description is available in the Library and at the National Register of Archives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to the Library by Morrell, Peel & Gamlen, solicitors, of Oxford, through J.F.R. Peel, in 1969.

Catalogue of the archive of William Bright
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
EAD version 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom