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Consulting material: To consult archives and manuscripts, a full and unrestricted Bodleian reader's card (Group A) is required. You should apply for your card at the Admissions Office.

Pre-ordering: Before your visit you may order up to ten items by emailing Please be advised that some collection material is held offsite; we advise pre-ordering at least two working days before your visit to ensure material is available on your arrival.

Post-1500 Single Items


This catalogue includes post-medieval manuscripts acquired singly by the Library by gift, purchase or bequest. The manuscripts have been arranged into broad subject categories as defined in the table of contents.

Recently catalogued manuscripts will be included here, and in time earlier accessions will be incorporated as retrospective conversion of existing published and unpublished catalogues continues.

Albums, Commonplace books, Notebooks and Scrapbooks

Business Papers


Diaries and Journals


Historical Papers

Literary Manuscripts

Manuscripts in Printed Books

Personal and Family Papers

Topographical Manuscripts


Last modified: 02 August 2011