Papers of John Howard

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. misc. b. 69, c. 332-3, e. 399-402
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Scope and Content

Papers of John Howard and his family, including:  

  • Correspondence, 1782-9
  • Notebooks, 1769-89, containing notes relating to Howard's travels in Italy, France and Holland, 1769-70, visits to prisons and hospitals in Europe, 1786-7, and devotional pieces, 1788-9
  • Papers relating to Howard's estate, 1723-99, and papers of his executors, 1787-1900

Administrative / Biographical History

John Howard (? 1726-1790), was a philanthropist and prison reformer. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library, 1954-5.


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. 42393-9.