Tanner's collections contain much on the 17th-century Church, including correspondence of successive Archbishops of Canterbury, Gilbert Sheldon, 1663-1677, and William Sancroft, 1677-1690; and many papers relating to the Civil War and Interregnum, mainly correspondence of William Lenthall, Speaker of the House of Commons 1640-1660.
Tanner's manuscripts include papers relating to:
- English history, 16th-18th century, including papers relating to the Civil War and Interregnum;
- Church history, 17th century;
- Norfolk, 17th century;
- Canterbury diocese, 17th century;
- Norwich diocese, 16th-18th century;
- Cambridge University, 16th-18th century;
- Norfolk and Suffolk families, 16th-17th century;
- Admiral Sir Thomas Allin, 1660-1678;
- Thomas Aquinas, 17th century.
Descriptions of items in this collection often quote the original titles of documents. Some of these original titles may contain offensive terminology.
- Creation: 10th-18th century
56.87 Linear metres (517 boxes)
Language of Materials
- Greek, Modern (1453-)
- Spanish; Castilian
- Dutch; Flemish
- French, Old (842-ca.1400)
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Tanner 1, fol. 1].
Full range of shelfmarks:
MSS. Tanner 1-10, 10*, 11-24, 25/1-3, 26-27, 28/1-2, 29-31, 31*, 32-34, 34*, 35-36, 36*, 37-39, 39*, 40-45, 45*, 46-53, 53*, 54-56, 57/1-2, 58/1a-b, 58/2, 59/1A-C, 59/2A-B, 60/1-2, 61, 62/1A-B, 62/2A-B, 62/3, 63-66, 66*, 67-72, 73/1-2, 73*, 74/1/2, 75-88, 88*, 89, 89*, 90-91, 91*, 92, 92*, 93-95, 95*, 96, 96*, 97, 97*-98, 99-126, 126*, 127-129, 129*, 130-133, 133*, 134-147, 147*, 148-169, 169*, 170-225, 226-274, 275a-b, 276-305, 306/1-2, 306*, 307-339, 340/1-2, 340*, 341-454, 455a-b, 456a, 456*, 457-463, 464a-e, 465-467.
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 16114
Thomas Tanner's collection of manuscripts, 10th-18th century.
Biographical / Historical
Thomas Tanner was born in 1674, and matriculated at Queen's College, Oxford, 17 December 1689. In 1697 he became Fellow of All Souls. He was Prebendary of Ely, 1713-1723, Archdeacon of Norfolk in 1721, and Canon of Christ Church from 3 February 1724. On 23 January 1732 he was made Bishop of St. Asaph. He died in Oxford, 14 December 1735. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.
Other Finding Aids
Full descriptions are in Alfred Hackman, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae pars quarta codices viri admodum reverendi Thomae Tanneri, STP, episcopi Asaphensis, complectens (Oxford, 1860; reprinted with corrections, 1966).
The illuminated manuscripts in this collection are briefly described in O. Pächt and J.J.G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, 3 vols. (Oxford, 1966-73); with an unpublished supplement containing a concordance of shelfmarks and addenda (1974).
Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Tanner.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
By his will Tanner's manuscripts passed to the Library, and were received in 1736, about three months after his death.
- Sancroft | William | 1617-1693 | Archbishop of Canterbury (Person)
- Tanner | Thomas | 1674-1735 | Bishop of St Asaph and antiquary (Person)
- Allin | Sir | Thomas | 1612-1685 | Knight | Admiral (Person)
- Lenthall | Sir | William | 1591-1662 | Knight | Speaker of the House of Commons, Master of the Rolls (Person)
- Tanner Manuscripts
- Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2021 by Pauline Soum-Paris
- EAD version 2021
- Language of description
- Script of description