Taylor Family Papers

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. lett. c. 1-4, d. 6-30; Eng. misc. d. 205-8, d. 210-12, e. 187-94, f. 56-8, g. 10-11; Eng. poet. c. 20, d. 38-9, f. 11; Eng. hist. e. 192; Autogr. d. 23
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
      English, Latin, and Italian.
  • Physical Description
      55 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Papers of Sir Henry Taylor and his family, consisting of:  

  • Correspondence, 1798-1890, including letters to and from Sir Henry Taylor and his wife, Theodosia Alicia; letters to Ida and Una Taylor; letters selected as autographs, probably by Ida Taylor
  • Diaries and notebooks of Sir Henry Taylor, 1823-70
  • Literary and other papers, 1815-95

Administrative / Biographical History

The Taylor family includes Sir Henry Taylor (1800-1886), author, and his family. 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 papers were bequeathed to the Library by Ida A.A. Taylor, daughter of Sir Henry, in 1930.


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. 40693-747.


Much of the material in Sir Henry's papers was used in his Autobiography (2 vols., privately printed, London, 1874 and 1877; published, London, 1885).

A selection of the letters was edited by E. Dowden in Correspondence of Henry Taylor (London, 1888).