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Collection Level Description: Wood Manuscripts

Reference: MSS. Add. C. 173; Ashm. Mus. c. 1; Wood B. 1-15, C. 1-12, C. 52-3, D. 1-5, D. 7-20, D. 32-3, E. 1-12, E. 14, E. 29, E. 32-3, F. 1-21, F. 23-37, F. 39-51; Wood donat. 1-9; Wood empt. 1-25; Wood Rolls 1
Title: Wood Manuscripts
Dates of Creation: 11th-17th cent.
Extent: 154 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English, Latin, French, and Greek



Administrative/Biographical History

Anthony À Wood was born on 17 December 1632. He was educated at New College School, Thame School, and Merton College, Oxford (Commoner 1647, BA 1652, MA 1655). He did not, however, distinguish himself in academic pursuits and published nothing until late in life. His manuscript 'History and Antiquities of the University of Oxford' was bought by the University Press, which published it in a Latin translation as Historia et Antiquitates Universitatis Oxoniensis (1674). Wood, dissatisfied with this, continued to work at the English copy, which was eventually published in a longer form by John Gutch in 1786-90. In 1691-2 he produced his Athenae Oxonienses, a biographical dictionary of Oxford writers and bishops. Next year he was exiled from the University for his libel on the Earl of Clarendon's father, but he recanted and was allowed to return. He died on 29 November 1695. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Wood's manuscripts are arranged in four collections:

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were acquired by the Library, 1690-1860.

Access Conditions

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/services/admissions/).

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. II, nos. 8463-8622.

Publication Note

A full account of the collection can be found in Andrew Clark, Life and Times of Anthony Wood, vols. i (1891), pp. 6-21; iv (1895), pp. 228-50 (Oxford Historical Society, vols. xix, xxx).

Access Points

Langbaine | Gerard | 1609-1658 | Provost of Queen's College Oxford Royalist Pamphleteer and Archivist

Wood | Anthony | 1632-1695 | Antiquary



Component descriptions



MSS. Wood B. 1-15, C. 1-12, D. 1-5, D. 7-20, D. 33, E. 1-12, E. 14, E. 29, F. 1-21, F. 23-37
MSS. Wood
Language of material: English, Latin, and Greek
99 shelfmarks

Wood's antiquarian manuscripts, including:

  • Papers relating to the University and city of Oxford
  • Heraldic and genealogical papers
  • Church notes, for various counties, including Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire

The manuscripts were bequeathed to the University in November 1695 and were housed in the Ashmolean Museum until their transference to the Bodleian in 1860.

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. II, nos. 8463-8588.

Access Points

Heraldry

Genealogy

University of Oxford

Berkshire (England)

Buckinghamshire (England)

Oxford (England)


MSS. Wood empt. 1-25
MSS. Wood empt.
Language of material: Latin, English, and French
25 shelfmarks

Medieval manuscripts acquired by Wood.

The manuscripts were bought by the Library in 1690 for £30.

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. II, nos. 8589-8613.

Access Points

Manuscripts, Medieval


MSS. Wood donat. 1-9
MSS. Wood donat.
Language of material: Latin
9 shelfmarks

The manuscripts consist of nine volumes of Gerard Langbaine's Adversaria.

The manuscripts were bequeathed to the Library by Wood in 1695.

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. II, nos. 8614-8622.

Related Units of Description

See also Langbaine Manuscripts.


MSS. Add. C. 173; Ashm. Mus. c. 1; Wood C. 52-3, D. 32, E. 32-3, F. 29b-c, F. 39-51; Wood Rolls 1
MSS. Wood Additional
Language of material: English and Latin
23 shelfmarks

Manuscripts chiefly relating to the history of the University and city of Oxford.

The manuscripts were transferred from the Ashmolean Museum in 1860. Part were bequeathed to the Ashmolean by Wood in 1695 and part were later acquisitions.

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. 25206-25228.

Access Points

University of Oxford

Oxford (England)



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