Topographical drawings collected by Henry Minn

Scope and Content

Topographical drawings collected in two guard-books by Henry Minn. The first book contains designs for houses by William Wilkinson, published as plates in his English country houses (2nd ed., Oxford, 1875); the second book relates to Oxford, and includes a drawing of the Greyhound Inn by John Buckler, 1823.

Administrative / Biographical History

Henry Minn (1870-1961) was an Oxford watch maker. He was also a devoted Oxford antiquary and was one of the most active members of the Committee of the Oxford Millenary Exhibition in 1912. From 1935 he was a member of the extra staff of the Bodleian Library and catalogued topographical prints and drawings. During the latter part of his life he lived at The Old Manor in Cassington, Oxfordshire, and there wrote the history of the parish.

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

Bequeathed to the Library by Minn in 1961.


Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, 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. II, nos. 54091-2.

Related Material

See also the Henry Minn Collection (MSS. Minn 1-241); the papers of Henry Minn (MSS. Top. Oxon. b. 290, c. 763-6, d. 944-67, e. 618-26, f. 97-8, g. 21); and Topographical Collections of Henry Minn (MSS. Top. Oxon. d. 489-509, d. 512-13, e. 384).


See scope and content.

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