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Archive of C. Anne E. Moberly and Eleanor F. Jourdain


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Papers of C. Anne E. Moberly and Eleanor F. Jourdain, relating to their experiences at Versailles in 1901, when they saw what they later surmised to be the ghost of Marie Antoinette. Their experiences are described in An adventure (London, 1911). The papers include:

  1. Accounts of their visits to Versailles, 1901-1911, with related correspondence and photographs
  2. Maps, engravings and photographs of the Petit Trianon, collected 1901-1902
  3. Letters and statements, 1901-1925
  4. Notes on the gardens of Versaille, 1904-1908
  5. An adventure (2nd ed., London, 1913), annotated by Miss Moberly
  6. An adventure (3rd ed., London, 1924)
  7. Newspapers cuttings of reviews of An adventure, 1911
  8. Correspondence with the Society for Psychical Research, 1911-1913
  9. Plan pittoresque de la ville et du parc de Versailles, n.d.
  10. Almanach de Versailles (Paris, 1782), given to Miss Jourdain in 1908
  11. Julie Lavergne, L├ęgendes de Trianon Versailles et Saint Germain (Paris, 1900)
  12. Diary of Miss Moberly, 1900-1901
  13. Diaries of Miss Jourdain, 1901, 1902


  • Creation: 1782-1925


0.91 Linear metres (17 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • French

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. misc. c. 257, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. misc. c. 257, d. 249-256, e. 221-224, f. 73-75, g. 12-13

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13641


Archive of C. Anne E. Moberly and Eleanor F. Jourdain

Biographical / Historical

Charlotte Anne Elizabeth Moberly (1846-1937) was Principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford, 1886-1915, and wrote under the name Elizabeth Morison. Eleanor Frances Jourdain (d. 1924) was Principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford, 1915-1924. Details are given in Who Was Who.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to the Library by Miss Moberly and Miss Jourdain in 1928.


  • See Scope and Content.
Catalogue of the archive of C. Anne E. Moberly and Eleanor F. Jourdain
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
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