Catalogue of Additional Family Papers of (Henry) Graham Pollard, Bookseller and Bibliographer, 1916-1959

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Additional Family Papers of (Henry) Graham Pollard, Bookseller and Bibliographer, 1916-1959

Family correspondence of (Henry) Graham Pollard (1903-1976), bookseller and bibliographer.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7187-7188, MS. Photogr. c. 185
Extent: 3 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Graham Pollard was born in Putney on 7 Mar 1903, the son of A.F. Pollard, historian and first director of the Institute of Historical Research, and of Catherine Susannah Lucy, daughter of William Lucy, director of the Oxford iron-working company of that name. From Willington Preparatory School, Putney, Pollard went to Shrewsbury School (1916-1920). He read history at Oxford, winning a scholarship to Jesus College in 1921, and became a partner in Birrell & Garnett in 1924. In the 1930s Pollard was on the board of Oxford Books on Bibliography and, after a short tenure of the special lectureship in the history of newspapers at the University of London, served in the Board of Trade from 1942 to 1959. After his retirement he resumed work on many bibliographical projects, including the medieval book trade in Oxford. For further details see Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Correspondence and papers of the Pollard family, 1916-1959. Principally, letters from Graham Pollard to his parents whilst a schoolboy and letters from his grandparents to their son (A.F. Pollard) and daughter-in-law (Catherine Pollard).


Given by Dr David Butler, Nov 2003.

Related Material

See Papers of Graham Pollard.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7187, fols. 1-2].

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Butler | Harold Edgeworth | 1878-1951 | classical scholar antiquary
Pollard | Albert | Frederick | 1869-1948 | constitutional historian
Pollard | Catherine | d. 1934 | née Lucy | wife of A F Pollard
Pollard | Emily | fl 1903-1915 | wife of Henry Hindes Pollard
Pollard | Henry Graham | 1903-1976 | bibliographer
Pollard | Henry Hindes | fl 1885-1924 | pharmaceutical chemist

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

Shrewsbury School | Shrewsbury | Shropshire

Descriptive List

Letters and postcards from Graham Pollard to his parents, A. F. Pollard and Catherine Pollard, 1916-1939, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7187
Extent: 210 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-180) letters from Shrewsbury School, 1916-1918
  • (fol. 194) postcard from John [Lucy] to his aunt, 10 Sep 1922

Miscellaneous family papers, 1913-1959
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7188
Extent: 113 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-11) miscellaneous letters from Graham Pollard to his sister (Margaret Butler, née Pollard) and brother-in-law (Harold Edgeworth Butler), 10 Oct 1917-24 Nov 1918
  • (fols. 12-39) miscellansous school ephemera, reports and letters to A. F. Pollard chiefly from the Masters of Willington and Shrewsbury Schools regarding the progress of Graham Pollard, 31 May 1913-12 Jan 1921
  • (fol. 40) a certified copy of an entry of marriage, solemnised at the Parish Church, St. Pancras of the marriage, 30 Jul 1924, of Graham Pollard and Kathleen May Beauchamp, 25 May 1959
  • (fols. 49-112) letters from Henry Hines Pollard and Emily Pollard to their son (A. F. Pollard) and daughter-in-law (Catherine Pollard), 3 Jul 1913-15 Dec 1915

A portrait photograph of [Graham Pollard] as a baby, c.1903
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 185, fol. 43

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04 December 2014