Additional Shelley Family Manuscripts

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Shelley adds. b. 1-2, c. 2-6, c. 7-12, d. 4-10, d. 12-16, e. 6-22, f. 1-5
  • Dates of Creation
      1592-1986 (predominantly 18th-20th century)
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      47 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Correspondence and papers of the Shelley family, relating predominantly to the members of the family listed in the Administrative/Biographical History, but also including some papers of earlier members of the family.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Shelley family includes Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), poet; his grandfather, Sir Bysshe Shelley (1731-1815), 1st Baronet; his father Timothy Shelley (1753-1844), 2nd Baronet, MP ; his wife Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851), author; and his son Sir Percy Florence Shelley (1819-1889), 3rd Baronet.

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Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library in 1933, 1946 and 1961.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A full description is available in the Library.

Related Material

See also Shelley Papers (MSS. Shelley c. 1, d. 1-3, e. 1-6) and Abinger Papers (Dep. b. 210-15, b. 226-9, c. 477-8, c. 507-38, c. 601-12, c. 663, c. 674, c. 766-9, c. 810-14, d. 311, d. 374, d. 390-3, d. 398-414, d. 473-5, d. 562-7, e. 196-243, e. 246, e. 273-4, f. 32-41, f. 65-9).