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Archive of J.E.C. Bodley


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Letters and papers of J.E.C. Bodley and of his family, consisting of:

  1. Diaries of Bodley, 1874-1888
  2. Commonplace book of Bodley, 1921-1924
  3. Notes and newspapers cuttings on the church in France
  4. Two volumes of letters of Bodley, 1877-1925
  5. Letters to Bodley in French, 1879-1913
  6. Miscellaneous correspondence of Bodley, 1883-1908
  7. Miscellaneous correspondence, including letters from Bodley to his mother, 1884-1889, and letters to Bodley, 1914-1918
  8. Typescript biographical account of Bodley, entitled 'For remembrance', compiled by his widow for their sons, with photographs
  9. Typescript biographical account in ten volumes of Bodley's sons, Miles (1921-1944) and John (1922-1944), entitled 'The gift of youth', compiled by their mother; with photographs and letters


  • Creation: 1874-1925


1.67 Linear metres (31 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. 356, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. misc. c. 356, d. 357-366, d. 498-508, e. 459-462; Eng. lett. c. 188, d. 173-174, e. 72; French d. 29

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 17339, 8162


Archive of J.E.C. Bodley

Biographical / Historical

John Edward Courtenay Bodley (1853-1925) was a barrister and historian. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to the Library by Bodley's widow in 1953, 1955 and 1956.

Related Materials

Certificates are separately catalogued in the Library as MSS. Ch. London & Middx. 503, Ch. Oxon. 4480-4484.

Catalogue of the archive of J.E.C. Bodley
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
EAD version 2019
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom