Papers of C. Anne E. Moberly and Eleanor F. Jourdain

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. misc. c. 257, d. 249-56, e. 221-4, f. 73-5, g. 12-13
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
      English, and French.
  • Physical Description
      18 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Papers of C. Anne E. Moberly and Eleanor F. Jourdain, relating to their experiences at Versailles in 1901, when they saw what they later surmised to be the ghost of Marie Antoinette. Their experiences are described in An adventure (London, 1911). The papers include:  

  • Accounts of their visits to Versailles, 1901-11, with related correspondence and photographs
  • Maps, engravings and photographs of the Petit Trianon, collected 1901-2
  • Letters and statements, 1901-25
  • Notes on the gardens of Versaille, 1904-8
  • An adventure (2nd ed., London, 1913), annotated by Miss Moberly
  • An adventure (3rd ed., London, 1924)
  • Newspapers cuttings of reviews of An adventure, 1911
  • Correspondence with the Society for Psychical Research, 1911-13
  • Plan pittoresque de la ville et du parc de Versailles, n.d.
  • Almanach de Versailles (Paris, 1782), given to Miss Jourdain in 1908
  • Julie Lavergne, Lgendes de Trianon Versailles et Saint Germain (Paris, 1900)
  • Diary of Miss Moberly, 1900-1
  • Diaries of Miss Jourdain, 1901, 1902

Administrative / Biographical History

Charlotte Anne Elizabeth Moberly (1846-1937) was Principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford, 1886-1915, and wrote under the name Elizabeth Morison. Eleanor Frances Jourdain (d 1924) was Principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford, 1915-1924. Details are given in Who Was Who.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library by Miss Moberly and Miss Jourdain in 1928.


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. 43675-92.


See Scope and Content.

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