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Collection Level Description: Papers of Robert Finch

Reference: MSS. Finch b. 1, c. 1-3, d. 1-30, e. 1-21, e. 23, e. 24*, e. 25-40, f. 1-7, g. 1
Title: Papers of Robert Finch
Dates of Creation: 12th-19th cent.
Extent: 81 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English, Latin, Italian, French, and Arabic

Administrative/Biographical History

Robert Finch (1783-1830) was an antiquary. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Papers of Robert Finch, consisting of:

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Robert Finch bequeathed his plate to Balliol College and his library, pictures, coins and medals to the Ashmolean Museum. In 1918 it was agreed that his books and manuscripts should come to the Bodleian Library, with the exception of certain books in foreign languages and dealing with archaeology and fine arts, which were to go to the Taylor Institution and the Ashmolean Museum respectively. The manuscripts were transferred from the Taylorian to the Bodleian in March 1921.

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Further Information

Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, nos. 46792-872. For a more detailed description of the medieval manuscripts see

Publication Note

Finch's personal papers were used by Elizabeth Nitchie in The Reverend Colonel Finch (New York, 1940).

Access Points


Diaries | 19th century

Finch | Robert | 1783-1830 | Antiquary

University of Oxford | Prizes

England | Description and travel

France | Description and travel

Greece | Description and travel

Italy | Description and travel

Portugal | Description and travel

Switzerland | Description and travel

Turkey | Description and travel

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