Catalogue of manuscripts acquired singly: personal and family papers

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Personal and Family Papers, 15th-20th cent.

Single volumes or files of personal and family papers acquired by the Bodleian Library by purchase, bequest or donation since 1987.

   Arranged chronologically.

Additional deeds of the North family, relating to land and premises in Kirtling, Ashley and Silverley in Cambridgeshire, 15th-18th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. North adds. c. 16
Extent: 9 leaves
Material: Parchment


Custodial History: Bought, H.T. Jantzen of East Grinstead, Sussex, c.1971.

Given by Peter Millard, through the Canadian Friends of the Bodleian, 1987.

Account book of Mary Gofton (née Hanbury, afterwards Lady Sandys, afterwards Richardson), 1645-1649
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3651
Extent: 1 vol., 119 leaves
Binding: Limp Vellum; 'No. (4)' on front cover.

The volume includes details of household and personal expenditure in London, and also occasionally in places connected with her family, Brimpsfield and Miserden in Gloucestershire (Sandys), Haydon in Essex (Soames) and Hartley Mauduit, Hampshire (Steward). With (fols. 103-17) accounts of winnings and losses at cards, with the names of opponents. It is written by Mary herself, using very unconventional, often phonetic spelling. For further details see Bodleian Library Record Vol. 22 no. 1 (Apr. 2009).

Biographical History: Mary Gofton (c.1601-1686) was the daughter of Sir John Hanbury of Kelmarsh (Northamptonshire) and London, merchant (d. 1639). She married Sir Miles Sandys of Miserden, Gloucestershire, 30 Nov. 1622 at St. Bartholomew the Less, London. They had two sons, William and Edward, and a daughter Mary, who married Sir Nicholas Steward alias Stuart (1617-1710), 1st Baronet of Hartley Mauduit, Hampshire, in 1641. She married secondly Thomas Richardson in 1642, who appears to have died shortly afterwards. In February 1647 she married John Gofton, again in St. Bartholomew. She died in 1686 (information from online International Genealogical Index). There are several references to these family members in the accounts, including payments for presents to her grandchildren, and (fol. 17) payments towards the composition fine for her son Edward ('Ned') Sandys.

Bought, Christopher Edwards, Antiquarian Books and Manuscripts, Dec. 2008
Sponsored in honour of Lane and her mum, also by David Vaisey, Jean Velecky and Richard Youard, Duke Humfrey's Night, 2 Oct. 2010.

Papers of Sir Willoughby Aston, including satirical verse, news-letters and correspondence, late 17th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7019
Extent: 42 leaves


Given by the Estate of Henry Graham Pollard, 2000.

Subjects (LCSH)
   English poetry--17th century
   Great Britain -- History -- Stuarts, 1603-1714
   Newsletters -- England
   Political satire

Household account book, 1805-1838
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6858
Extent: v + 364 leaves, 89-364 blank
Binding: Vellum, with printed ticket of Kerby & Bowdery, booksellers, Oxford Street, pasted inside front cover

The account book appears to be for different households:

Custodial History: Item 463 in a catalogue of Alister Mathews, Swanage, Dorset, n.d. (cutting, fols. iii-iv).

Bequeathed by Professor Sir William Paton, 1994

Subjects (LCSH)
   Account books -- England -- 19th century
   Sussex (England) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century

Papers of Henry de Bunsen, 1826-1925, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6828
Extent: 273 leaves
Bought, 1988.

Papers of William Henry Bliss, 1832-1906, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6821
Extent: 140 leaves

Miscellaneous papers including

Bought from Harry Brett, 1998.

Letters and papers of George James Guthrie, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, with some Guthrie family correspondence, 1833-1852, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8263
Extent: 41 leaves
Bought, Stride & Son, 10 Jan. 2011

Papers, 1890-1958, of Elizabeth Mary Wright (1863-1958)
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 4801
ii + 243 leaves


From the papers of Dame Joyce Bishop; given by Elizabeth Ellett, 1993

Papers of Ivy Scott-Rogers, 1894-1970
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6820
Extent: 56 leaves

Miscellaneous papers including

Nine photographs were found with the papers, see MS. Photogr. c. 128, fols. 60-8.

Given by Mrs. K.M. Lea, 1994.

Papers of George Butterworth, mainly letters to his parents, 1899-1917
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 3269
Extent: 140 leaves


Biographical History: George Butterworth (1885-1916), composer - see Dictionary of National Biography.

Given by Margaret Croft, 1992.

Transcripts, 20th cent., of the papers of Sir Richard Rawlinson Vyvyan and John George Lambton, 1833-c.1857
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2116
Extent: 80 leaves


Given by Michael Brock, 2000.

Papers of Sir Sidney Lee relating to the article on King Edward VII for the Dictionary of National Biography, 1904-1960
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 186
Extent: 177 leaves
Biographical History: Sir Sidney Lee (1859-1926) editor of Dictionary of National Biography - see Dictionary of National Biography.

Bought, Phillips, 16 Mar. 1995, lot 580, and given by the Friends of the Bodleian, 1995.

Papers of Henry William Carless Davis, mainly relating to his work as editor of the Dictionary of National Biography, 1919-1929
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7042
Extent: 274 leaves
Material: Manuscript, typescript and carbon copies


Given by Trinity College, University of Oxford, 1988.

Letters from Dorothy Hodgkin and associated family correspondence, 1926-1985
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8262
Extent: 259 leaves

The family correspondence mainly comprises letters from Hodgkin to her parents, 1927-1956, and from Hodgkin and her husband, Thomas, to their daughter Liz, 1964-1967. However it does comprise correspondence from a number of different family sources. It has been arranged by recipient, and the relationship of each recipient to Dorothy Hodgkin is given. Papers comprise:

Biographical History: Dorothy Mary Crowfoot was born in Cairo in 1910; the eldest of four daughters of John Crowfoot and Molly (née Hood). Her father worked as Director of Education in Cairo and the Sudan, 1901-1926. On his retirement he became Director of the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem, 1927-1935. His wife often accompanied him on archaeological digs and was herself an authority on flowering plants, weaving and dyeing techniques, pottery and glass-making. Dorothy and her sisters, Joan (born 1912), Betty (born 1914) and Diana 'Dilly' (born 1918) were brought up in East Anglia, at the family home in Geldeston. Dorothy was educated at the Sir John Leman School, Beccles, and at Somerville College, Oxford, where she read chemistry 1928-1932. Apart from two years research at Cambridge University after graduation she remained in Oxford for the rest of her career. Here for twenty-five years she combined teaching chemistry at Somerville, with research at the highest level. She became University lecturer and demonstrator in 1946 and University Reader in X-ray crystallography in 1956. From 1960 to official retirement in 1977 she was Wolfson Research Professor of the Royal Society. She received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1964.She married Thomas Lionel Hodgkin in 1937. He was the son of Robin Hodgkin, Provost of Queens College, Oxford, and his wife, Dorothy. They had three children Luke Howard born 1938, Prudence Elizabeth (Liz) born 1941 and John Robin Tobias (Toby) born 1946. Their daughter, Liz, was a teacher in Zambia, Sudan and Vietnam, and many of the letters below were written to her at her school in Kasama, Zambia.

Custodial History: Papers were retained by Hodgkin's daughter, Liz Hodgkin.

Donated to the library by Liz Hodgkin through Georgina Ferry, 2014.

Related Material: The Bodleian holds papers and correspondence of Dorothy Hodgkin, 1828-1993, and additional papers, 1919-2003. The additional papers, in particular, hold a great deal of related family correspondence. See online catalogues for further details.

Personal names (NCA Rules)
   Hodgkin | Dorothy Mary Crowfoot | 1910-1994 | née Crowfoot | chemist

Papers of Sir Geoffrey Jefferson, 1934-1960
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 5719
Extent: 87 leaves

The papers are mostly concerned with the discussion of the establishment of a school of clinical medicine at Oxford. Including

Given by Antony Jefferson, son of Sir Geoffrey, 1993

Corporate names (NCA Rules)
   University of Oxford | School of Clinical Medicine

Papers of John Masefield, mainly relating to the 1963 award of the Queen's Medal for Poetry, 1941-1967
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 256
Extent: 98 leaves

Includes notes, voting papers and letters from

Bought from Diana Daniels, 1969 and now derestricted.

Subjects (LCSH)
   English poetry -- 20th century

Papers of John Masefield, relating to the Queen's Medal for Poetry, 1952-1956
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. d. 229
Extent: 94 leaves


Given by Sir Basil Blackwell, through Mr East, 1969 and now derestricted.

Subjects (LCSH)
   English poetry -- 20th century

Papers of Michael Francis Strachan, 1960-1996, relating to his work, Esmond de Beer: scholar and benefactor: a personal memoir (Norwich, 1995)
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7102
Extent: 157 leaves


Separated Material: One photograph of Esmond de Beer, 1965, and three photographs of a bronze bust of him, 1983, removed to MS. Photogr. c. 185, fols. 8-11.

Given by Michael Strachan, 1997.

Personal names (NCA Rules)
   Beer | Esmond Samuel | de | 1895-1990 | historian and benefactor

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