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Collection Level Description: Massey Manuscripts

Reference: MSS. Bodl. 72-3, 175, 221-2, 322-9, 492, 574, 576
Title: Massey Manuscripts
Dates of Creation: 15th-17th cent.
Extent: 16 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English, Latin, and Italian

Administrative/Biographical History

Richard Middleton Massey, MA, of Brasenose College (1678-1743; FSA 1718, FRS 1712), was at one time under-keeper of the Ashmolean Museum. After leaving the Museum he later went on to practice medicine.

Scope and Content

Miscellaneous manuscripts collected by Massey, mainly historical (17th century) and literary (15th-17th century). Includes:

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were given to the Library by Massey in 1710.

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Further Information

Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. V, nos. 27619-632.

Access Points


Mysteries and miracle-plays, English | England | Chester

England and Wales | Parliament | Committee for the Relief of Plundered Ministers

Massey | Richard Middleton | 1678-1743 | Physician

Great Britain | History

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