Henry Bradshaw: Indexes and Notes to Book Collections

Scope and Content

MS.Add.4321: Culemann collection, 1870, 52 folios.

A classified index of the fifteenth-century books in the Culemann collection sold by Sotheby's in February 1870, compiled by Henry Bradshaw, and arranged chronologically under countries, towns and printers. There are additions and many pencil notes on the versos.

MS.Add.4322: Vergauwen collection, 1884, 40 folios.

An analysis of the Vergauwen collection of incunabula made by Henry Bradshaw: (fo. 4) title-page; (fo. 5) text; (fo. 40) pencil note. There are many pencil notes on the versos.

MS.Add.4323: Wodhull incunabala, 1886, 54 folios.

A classified index of the fifteenth-century books in the library of Michael Wodhull, sold by Sotheby's in January 1886, compiled by Henry Bradshaw. The versos are mostly blank.

Administrative / Biographical History

Henry Bradshaw (1831-1886) was born in London on 2 February 1831. He attended Eton, before entering King's College, Cambridge, in 1850 (B.A, 1854; M.A., 1857), where he was Fellow, 1853-1856, and Dean, 1857-1858 and 1863-1865. In 1856 he became Assistant Master at St Columba's College, near Dublin. Thereafter, he joined Cambridge University Library, where he was Assistant, 1856-1858, and Superintendent of Manuscripts, 1859-1867. He carried out the reform of the Department of Manuscripts, and served as University Librarian, 1867-1886. Bradshaw died on 11 February 1886.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

No record of accession.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Bradshaw in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part II, Vol. I (Cambridge University Press, 1940), p. 357.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds other Bradshaw papers, MSS.Add.4209, 4227, 4228, 4545, 4603, 5120, 5344, 5990, 6419-6437, 6439-6440 and 6617.