King's College, Cambridge: Library Inventory

Scope and Content

Inventory of the Library of King's College, Cambridge, 1452, transcribed by Henry Bradshaw, 26 folios, including: (fo. 17) H. Bradshaw, 'The University Library in 1582'; (fo. 20) Bradshaw, 'Notes on the organ screen of King's College'. On the flyleaf is a list of contents in hand of John Willis Clark. The versos are blank throughout.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Library of King's College, Cambridge, was established at the founding of the college in 1441. Its holdings today include rare books and treatises.

Henry Bradshaw (1831-1886) was born in London on 2 February 1831. He attended Eton, before entering King's College, Cambridge, in 1850 (B.A, 1854; M.A., 1857), where he was a fellow, 1853-1856, and dean, 1857-1858 and 1863-1865. In 1856 he became assistant master at St Columba's College, near Dublin. Thereafter, he joined Cambridge University Library, where he was assistant, 1856-1858, and Superintendent of Manuscripts, 1859-1867. He carried out the reform of the Department of Manuscripts, and served as University Librarian, 1867-1886. Bradshaw died on 11 February 1886.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Bequeathed by John Willis Clark, 1910.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Henry Bradshaw in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part II, Vol. I (Cambridge University Press, 1940), p. 357.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.


The inventory was printed in M.R. James, Descriptive catalogue of the manuscripts of King's College, Cambridge (Cambridge, 1895), app., pp. 72-83.