Microfilms of William Petty Papers

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Film 1944-59
  • Dates of Creation
      20th century (copies of 17th century originals)
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      16 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Microfilms of William Petty papers, consisting of:  

  • Literary manuscripts
  • Papers relating to Ireland, including volumes of Irish population returns, ca. 1659
  • Correspondence
  • Papers relating to shipbuilding and navigation
  • Letters and papers of the 6th Marquis of Lansdowne and other 19th and 20th century scholars who have used the papers for their research
  • Miscellaneous deeds, mainly relating to London property
  • Schedules and maps of Petty's 'Down Survey'

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir William Petty (1623-1687) was a political economist. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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).

Acquisition Information

The microfilms were deposited in the Library in 1976 and given in 1993.


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

Other Finding Aids

A description is available in the Library.

A calendar of some of the collection is available on the open shelves in Duke Humphrey's Library, Bodleian Library (R. Cat. 106w).

Additional Information

The originals are held by the British Library.