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Collection Level Description: Locke Manuscripts

Reference: MSS. Locke b. 1-8, c. 1-47, d. 1-13, e. 1-17, f. 1-49
Title: Locke Manuscripts
Dates of Creation: 17th-18th cent.
Extent: 134 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English and Latin

Administrative/Biographical History

John Locke (1632-1704) was a philosopher. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Papers of John Locke, including:

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The major part of the papers and correspondence of John Locke was bought from Peter King, 4th Earl of Lovelace, in 1947, with help from the Pilgrim Trust and the Delegates of the Clarendon Press. Further manuscripts were given to the Library by Paul Mellon, 1960-71. Additional items have been acquired, 1961-70.

Access Conditions

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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. 48033-166.

The manuscripts bought from Lord Lovelace are described in Philip Long, A summary catalogue of the Lovelace collection of the papers of John Locke in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1959). The manuscripts given by Paul Mellon, and three other manuscripts, are described by Philip Long, 'The Mellon donation...', Bodleian Library Record, 7 (1962-7), 185-93. Additions and corrections to some of the descriptions are given in Bodleian Library Record, 9 (1973-8), 81-2.

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Diaries | 17th century

Diaries | 18th century

King | Peter | 1669-1734 | 1st Baron King | Lord Chancellor

Locke | John | 1632-1704 | Philosopher

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