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Collection Level Description: Collections of Nathaniel Johnston and Richard Frank

Reference: MSS. Top. Yorks. b. 18-20, c. 13-70, c. 90, d. 9-11, e. 31; Eng. hist. c. 283-90; Eng. misc. c. 275, c. 341, d. 289-90, e. 252-4; Eng. poet. c. 25; Eng. th. c. 59; French e. 21; Lat. misc. c. 67, d. 75, f. 41; Lat. th. c. 18; Top. Derbyshire c. 3; Top. eccles. c. 9; Top. gen. c. 49-57; Top. Oxon. c. 378
Title: Collections of Nathaniel Johnston and Richard Frank
Dates of Creation: 16th-18th cent.
Extent: 100 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English, French, and Latin

Administrative/Biographical History

Nathaniel Johnston (1627-1705), physician and antiquary, spent thirty years transcribing materials for a history of Yorkshire. The first account of his manuscripts appeared in Edward Bernard, Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae (Oxford, 1697), ii, 99-102. A biography of Johnston and a detailed description of his volumes in this collection are given in Janet D. Martin, 'The antiquarian collections of Nathaniel Johnston', Oxford B.Litt. thesis, 1956. Details are also given in the Dictionary of National Biography. Richard Frank (1698-1762) was an antiquary. He transcribed materials on Yorkshire antiquities.

Scope and Content

Collections of Nathaniel Johnston and Richard Frank. Johnston's collections are divided into sections relating to Yorkshire, genealogy and English history; Frank's into Yorkshire, and legal and miscellaneous.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Many of Johnston's manuscripts were bought by Richard Frank in 1756. Frank added lists of contents to many of the volumes and had them indexed by his servant John Coe. His collections, including many Johnston manuscripts, descended to F. Bacon Frank of Campsall Hall, Yorkshire, and are listed in Historical Manuscript Commission, Reports 5: 6th report (1877) app., 448-65. Much of the Campsall Hall library was sold at Sotheby's in 1942.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was bought at Sotheby's in 1942.

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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. 55290-390.

A more detailed description and index are available in the Library and at the National Register of Archives.

Access Points



Frank | Richard | 1698-1762 | Antiquary

Johnston | Nathaniel | 1627-1705 | Physician and Antiquary

Great Britain | History

Yorkshire (England)

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