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Archive of the Ostler Family


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Papers of the Ostler family, consisting of:

  1. Letters to Edward Ostler, mainly from members of his family, c. 1841 - c. 1912
  2. Journal of Edward Ostler, 1875-1897
  3. Papers of Edward Ostler, 1868-1911, mainly relating to financial affairs, and of Mary Ostler, including extracts from her diary, 1857-1862
  4. Correspondence between Mary Ostler and her fiancé, H.J. Stokes, 1870-1872, with miscellaneous letters to Mary Ostler, 1860-1904
  5. Letters to various members of the Ostler and Stokes families, 1808-1923
  6. Papers of Sarah Ostler, 1842-1866, with printed memorial, trade and greetings cards, 1865-1924
  7. Commonplace book of E. Statira Ostler, sister of Edward, 1892-1903
  8. Notebook containing copies of verse, late 19th century


  • Creation: 1808-1939


0.52 Linear metres (8 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. misc. c. 514, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. misc. c. 514-515, e. 661-662, f. 413; Eng. lett. d. 311-313

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13277


Archive of the Ostler Family

Biographical / Historical

The Ostler family consists of Edward Ostler, shopkeeper of Newport, Monmouthshire, and Penarth, Glamorgan, his half sister Mary, who married H.J. Stokes, mayor of Aberavon in 1893, and his step-mother Sarah Ostler, formerly Mrs John Welch of Bath. They were all Evangelicals and involved in voluntary church work.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were bought from J.R. Wrigley in 1971.

Catalogue of the archive of the Ostler Family
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