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Papers of Francis Douce


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Douce's letters, papers, autobiographical memoranda, commonplace books and unpublished essays.


  • Creation: c.1500-1840


6.42 Linear metres (114 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin
  • French

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Douce b. 6, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Douce b. 6-9, c. 5-12, d. 20-88, e. 9-107, f. 6-26

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12910


Francis Douce's letters, papers, autobiographical memoranda, commonplace books and unpublished essays.

Biographical / Historical

Francis Douce (1757-1834) was an antiquary and collector. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography. Douce and his collections are discussed in Bodleian Quarterly Record, 7 (1932-4), 359-82, in A. N. L. Munby, Connoisseurs and medieval miniatures 1750-1850 (Oxford, 1972), 35-56, and in The Douce legacy [exhibition catalogue] (Bodleian Library, Oxford, 1984).

Custodial History

Bequeathed to the British Museum, 1834, to be opened 1 Jan 1900.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by the Trustees of the British Museum, 1933.

Related Materials

Douce's library, bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1834, is described in Catalogue of the printed books and manuscripts ... [of] Francis Douce (Oxford, 1840). The manuscripts, and some printed books with manuscript additions, are described in greater detail in Falconer Madan et al., A Summary Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library 7 vols. (Oxford, 1895-1953) nos. 21575-22005, 22009, 28920, 29903, 30452-4, 30821, 33373, 35153. Descriptions of two guard-books (MSS. Douce b.5 and d. 19), containing fragments of medieval manuscripts in the bequest of 1834, are available in the Library. Many of the Douce prints, and a few manuscripts relating to prints and coins, are now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

Papers of Francis Douce
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