Heber Family Papers

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. lett. c. 202-9, d. 197-215; Eng. misc. b. 78, c. 406-8, d. 619-20, e. 568-77, f. 392-4, g. 62-74; Eng. poet. c. 56, e. 110-11, f. 28; French e. 28; Lat. misc. e. 106-7; Lat. th. e. 45; Top. gen. e. 84, f. 36
  • Dates of Creation
      [ca. 1760-1834]
  • Language of Material
      English, French, and Latin.
  • Physical Description
      69 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Papers of the Heber family, mainly correspondence of Reginald Heber and of his sons, Richard and Reginald. The collection also includes:  

  • Notes and verse by Reginald Heber
  • Correspondence, 1793-1832, verse, 1768-75, and a journal, 1786, of Mary, second wife of Reginald Heber
  • Lists and catalogues of books, and bibliographical notes made by Richard Heber
  • School exercise books of Richard Heber
  • Thirteen diaries, 1786-1790-8, 1800, 1804, 1829, and a journal, 1796, of Richard Heber
  • Antiquarian and genealogical notes by T.C. Heber

Administrative / Biographical History

The Heber family included Reginald Heber (1728-1804), fellow and tutor of Brasenose College, Oxford, and his sons Richard (1773-1833), MP, book collector and classical scholar, and Reginald (1783-1826), Bishop of Calcutta. Details of the two sons are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/specialcollections).

Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library in 1964.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 41106-74.

A detailed catalogue is available in the Library and at the National Register of Archives.

Related Material

Deeds relating to family property are separately catalogued in the Library as MSS. Ch. Leics. 120, Norf. 851, Salop 157-60, Yorks. 846-8.