This collection consists of diaries, correspondence, drawings and other papers of four generations of the Horsley family, each of which produced talented men and women, especially in the fields of art, music and the theatre. The papers provide a wide variety of material for the study of 19th- and early 20th-century society and family life, and include some papers of Mendelssohn. For accounts of the collection see Bodleian Library Record, XIII (1988-91), 69-71, 330-3.
Papers of the Horsley Family, 18th-20th cent.
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- ReferenceGB 161 MSS. Eng. a. 2001, b. 2003-9, c. 2196-269, d. 2058-95, e. 2134-304
- Dates of Creation1790-1976
- Language of MaterialEnglish, Danish, Swedish, French, and German.
- Physical Description291 shelfmarks
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Papers of the Horsley family, including the musician William Horsley (1774-1858), and the artists John Callcott Horsley (1817-1903), and Rosamund Horsley (1864-1949), son and daughter of William Horsley. Further details can be found in the introduction to the online catalogue ( http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/specialcollectionswmss/online/online.htm.
Conditions Governing Access
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)
The collection was given to the Bodleian Library in 1987.
Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.
Other Finding Aids
A catalogue of the collection is available online at http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/specialcollectionswmss/online/online.htm.