Pattison Papers

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Pattison 1-64, 66-78
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
      English, Latin, and German.
  • Physical Description
      77 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Papers of Mark Pattison, consisting of:

  • Diaries, 1831-79
  • Accounts, 1841-67
  • Correspondence, 1830-83
  • Miscellaneous papers

Administrative / Biographical History

Mark Pattison (1813-1884) was Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford, and a biographer. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

On 13 June 1884, seven weeks before his death, Rev. Mark Pattison presented to the Library a chest of papers upon condition that it should not be opened before 1910. The box was opened on 19 March 1912.


MS. Pattison 65 was returned to Lincoln College in 1945.

Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. VI, nos. 35604-81.

Related Material

See also Papers of Mark Pattison (MSS. Pattison 7*, 79-144).