Papers of J.E.C. Bodley

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. misc. c. 356, d. 357-66, d. 498-508, e. 459-62; Eng. lett. c. 188, d. 173-4, e. 72; French d. 29
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
      English, and French.
  • Physical Description
      31 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Letters and papers of J.E.C. Bodley and of his family, consisting of:  

  • Diaries of Bodley, 1874-88
  • Commonplace book of Bodley, 1921-4
  • Notes and newspapers cuttings on the church in France
  • Two volumes of letters of Bodley, 1877-1925
  • Letters to Bodley in French, 1879-1913
  • Miscellaneous correspondence of Bodley, 1883-1908
  • Miscellaneous correspondence, including letters from Bodley to his mother, 1884-9, and letters to Bodley, 1914-18
  • Typescript biographical account of Bodley, entitled 'For remembrance', compiled by his widow for their sons, with photographs
  • Typescript biographical account in ten volumes of Bodley's sons, Miles (1921-1944) and John (1922-1944), entitled 'The gift of youth', compiled by their mother; with photographs and letters

Administrative / Biographical History

John Edward Courtenay Bodley (1853-1925) was a barrister and historian. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library by Bodley's widow in 1953, 1955 and 1956.


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. 43793-823.

Related Material

Certificates are separately catalogued in the Library as MSS. Ch. London & Middx. 503, Ch. Oxon. 4480-4.