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Falconer Madan collection of Oxford manuscripts

Call Number: GEN MSS 1091

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a small group of Falconer Madan's papers relating to his research and writings, and original and copies of manuscripts relating to various individuals, and academic, social and historical events relating to Oxford. The majority of the material is bound in volumes, many of which contain the Yale University Library bookplate reading, "From the Collection of Oxford Books made by Falconer Madan, Bodley's Librarian." Original manuscripts include a group of twenty-three printed promises to support Sir Roundell Palmer in the Parliamentary election of 1868, signed by members of Oxford University, with related manuscript notes; a "Description of a Magdalen College, Oxford University gaudy" [student festival], "Phillipps MSS 9642"; and a scrapbook record of a marriage in London and a honeymoon in Oxford, with manuscript descriptions, and illustrated with engravings, press clippings, drawings, and printed ephemera by the groom Theodosius Purland. Additional material includes correspondence, verses, forms, various memoranda, and printed material relating to the city of Oxford and the University of Oxford, including the Oxford election of 1865, writings of Joseph Plowman, and the Iffley Lock.


  • circa 1680-1929


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Falconer Madan, 1930, 1934.


Arranged by type of material.


5.29 Linear Feet (14 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

Biographical/Historical note

Falconer Madan (1851-1935) was the Librarian of the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford, 1912-1919.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit. This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing, in 2014 and 2015.

The collection is comprised of material formerly classed as MS Vault 10:4 and MS Vault Shelves Oxford, Ip P725+C2, Lmd54 865+3, Ucu35 G6 +867i, Ovf86 O9+A9, Ovf86 O9+753P, Byzo 87+897n.

The finding aid for this collection is partially compiled from individual catalog cards that were created at or around the time of receipt by the library. Information from the catalog cards was repurposed in the finding aid in accordance with current archival descriptive standards. Some catalog cards, copies of which are filed with the collection, include more detailed descriptions of individual items and/or provenance notes. Descriptions for items not represented by catalog cards were derived from accession records, folder labels, or other available descriptive material.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Guide to the Falconer Madan Collection of Oxford Manuscripts
Under Revision
Beinecke Staff
February 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2021-03: Addition of boxes 11-14
  • 2015-01: Addition of two boxes of material.

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