Records of Oxford Female Penitentiary and House of Mercy

Scope and Content

Records of Oxford Female Penitentiary and House of Mercy, comprising:

  • committee minutes, 1869-92, interspersed with printed copies of the annual report of the Penitentiary, 1861, 1863-7, 1870-6, 1879-89, 1891
  • further committee minutes, 1892-1956, interspersed with Secretary's correspondence, 1894-1912
  • Secretary's correspondence, 1912-51
  • newscuttings of reports of annual general meetings, 1862-6, 1876, 1881-92
  • other correspondence, 1862-88
  • bound volume of Secretary's copies of the Annual Report of the Penitentiary, 1891-1910.

Administrative / Biographical History

Oxford Female Penitentiary and House of Mercy of Manor House, Holywell, Oxford.

Conditions Governing Access

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

Deposited in the Library in 1977.


Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A description is available in the Library, where there is also a card index to unpublished catalogues.