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Collection Level Description: Sheldon Papers

Reference: MSS. Add. C. 302-3, 304a-b, 305-7
Title: Sheldon Papers
Dates of Creation: 16th-18th century
Extent: 7 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English and Latin

Administrative/Biographical History

Gilbert Sheldon (1598-1677) was Archbishop of Canterbury. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Seven volumes consisting of a collection of original papers relating to ecclesiastical and civil affairs in Great Britain and Ireland from 1585 to 1724, chiefly owned by, and many written to, Archbishop Gilbert Sheldon in about 1660-77.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Library bought the volumes from Sir John English Dolben of Finedon in Northamptonshire for £40 5s in 1824. His great uncle was Archbishop John Dolben (d 1686), who married a niece of Archbishop Sheldon.

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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. 28181-87.

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Sheldon | Gilbert | 1598-1677 | Archbishop of Canterbury

Great Britain | History

Ireland | History

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