Papers of Sir Francis Galton

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Autogr. c. 27, d. 43-5, f. 5
  • Dates of Creation
      19th century
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      5 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Autographs and letters collected by Sir Francis Galton, many addressed to George Butler (1774-1853), Dean of Peterborough.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Francis Galton (1822-1911) was a eugenist. 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

Acquisition Information

The papers were bought from Mrs M.L. Butler in 1975.


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. 37810-13.