Catalogue of the diaries of Samuel Wilberforce, 1853-73

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Diaries of Samuel Wilberforce, 1853-73

Diaries of Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford, 1845-69, and Bishop of Winchester, 1869-73

Shelfmarks: Dep. e. 311-31

Extent: 21 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Samuel Wilberforce (1805-73) was Bishop of Oxford from 1845 to 1869, and Bishop of Winchester, 1869 to 1873 - see Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

This collection comprises diaries kept by Wilberforce from 1853 until his death in 1873. The diaries are written in Letts's Diary No. 9, each with a note that it was examined by Reginald G. Wilberforce, who completed the Life of his father. Some have newspaper cuttings inserted, and notes by Samuel Wilberforce of interesting conversations, all have a list of notable entries at the end.


Deposited (with Dep. c. 664), 1983-4

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. Dep. e. 311, fols. 1-2].

Related Material

Other papers of Samuel Wilberforce in the Bodleian Library are among the Wilberforce family papers (MSS. Wilberforce a. 1, b. 1, c. 1-31, d. 1-51, e. 1-24, f. 1-5, g. 1-17) and additional Wilberforce papers (MSS. Don. e. 164-5; Wilberforce b. 2, c. 33-67, d. 54-6, e. 24).

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Wilberforce | Samuel | 1805-1873 | Bishop of Oxford and Winchester

Subjects (LCSH)


Descriptive List

Diary, 1853
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 311
Extent: ii + 178 leaves

Diary, 1854
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 322
Extent: iii + 188 leaves

Diary, 1855
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 323
Extent: iv + 183 leaves

Diary, 1856
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 324
Extent: ii + 191 leaves

Scope and Content:

With (fols. 171-2) a list of candidates at ordination on 21 Dec., inserted.

Diary, 1857
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 325
Extent: ii + 181 leaves

Diary, 1858
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 312
Extent: ii + 186 leaves

Diary, 1859
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 326
Extent: ii + 183 leaves

Diary, 1860
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 327
Extent: ii + 184 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fol. 68) a card for the funeral of Lord Macaulay, 9 Jan., inserted
  • (fol. 182) a list of contributors to Cuddesdon College Chapel

Diary, 1861
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 328/1
Extent: ii + 191 leaves

Loose leaves removed from the 1861 diary
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 328/2
Extent: 31 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes notes by Samuel Wilberforce and notes and letters of his daughter-in-law Annie.

Diary, 1862
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 329
Extent: ii + 193 leaves

Scope and Content:

With (fol. 137) a sketch of walkers and a dog, 12 Aug., inserted.

Diary, 1863
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 330
Extent: ii + 192 leaves

Diary, 1864
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 313
Extent: ii + 190 leaves

Scope and Content:

With (fols. 69-70) a letter of Nassau W. Senior inserted.

Diary, 1865
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 314
Extent: ii + 192 leaves

Scope and Content:

With (fols. 128-9) a printed agenda for a conference of clergy of Oxford diocese inserted.

Diary, 1866
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 315
Extent: ii + 203 leaves

Diary, 1867
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 316
Extent: ii + 189 leaves

Diary, 1868
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 317
Extent: ii + 194 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 87-8) a telegram from R.G. Wilberforce, 28 Mar.
  • (fols. 103-4) a menu, 16 May, inserted

Diary, 1869
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 318
Extent: ii + 184 leaves

Diary, 1870
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 319
Extent: ii + 181 leaves

Diary, 1871
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 320
Extent: ii + 200 leaves

Diary, 1872
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 321
Extent: ii + 200 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fol. 74) a printed notice of a special mission in Winchester diocese during Holy Week
  • (fols. 159-60) a telegram from Basil Wilberforce, 7 Oct., inserted

Diary, 1873
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 331
Extent: ii + 203 leaves

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20 May 2011