Typescript catalogue of printed books in the library of the church of St Mary Magdalene,Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, by Oswald Allen, c. 1985

Scope and Content

The collection comprises an autographed copy of a typescript catalogue of the Bishop WhiteLibrary at St Magdalene's church in Newark, Nottinghamshire. It contains 191 pages. The cataloguewas compiled by Oswald Allen, honorary librarian of the church, in about 1985. The catalogue isarranged alphabetically by authors' names and provides book titles and publication details. Thebooks listed cover the period 1512-1907, although the majority of items date from the 17th century.A note by the compiler explains that the catalogue is entitled 'provisional' because circumstancesprevented the completion of the work. Introductory notes explain the principles on which thecatalogue has been created.

Administrative / Biographical History

Oswald Allen was honorary librarian for the church of St Mary Magdalene, Newark-on-TrentNottinghamshire from 1949 to 1990.

The library was founded in 1698 by Thomas White (1629-1698), Bishop of Peterborough from 1685,who bequeathed his printed books to Newark. A room was built over the south porch of the church tohouse the books. The library was consolidated by a further bequest of books by Rev. George Burghopein 1742. It is now known as the Bishop White Library.


No archival arrangement has been necessary.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.


Other Finding Aids

  • This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright on thedescription belongs to the University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

COPYRIGHT: Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advancein writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email mss-library@nottingham.ac.uk).

Custodial History

The catalogue was deposited with the University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts andSpecial Collections in July 1990.