Old University Manuscripts

Scope and Content

The collection falls into two groups:

1. Antiquarian material, 17th-19th century, predominantly relating to the city, county, and palatinate of Durham (MSS E.I.3-7, 9, E.III.6, 6A, 7, 7A, 8, 8A, 9-14). This group includes a number of legal precedent books, mostly relating to the Durham palatinate courts, a pollbook for the 1675 Durham County election, a book of 17th-century mayoralty accounts, letters, etc. relating to Durham City, and two volumes of papers of Thomas Bell, Newcastle antiquary and surveyor, and William and John Fryer, Newcastle surveyors.

2. Notes of lectures given at Durham University in the 19th century by A.S. Farrar, Henry Jenkyns, and T.S. Evans, with some additional material concerning them (MSS H.III.20-21, L.V.34-56). A number of other miscellaneous manuscripts acquired before 1930, some of which originally had numbers in the same Old University shelving sequence but not within these blocks and believed not to have been used for citation purposes, have been absorbed into the Add. MSS class.

Administrative / Biographical History

This sequence contains miscellaneous manuscripts received by Durham University Library up to about 1930, and not part of any larger collection. More recent miscellanous accessions have been placed in the Additional MSS class.


In order of pressmark

Access Information

Open for consultation.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by gift and possibly purchase from a variety of sources, not all recorded, at various dates.

Other Finding Aids

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail PG.Library@durham.ac.uk) and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.