Massey Manuscripts

Scope and Content

Miscellaneous manuscripts collected by Massey, mainly historical (17th century) and literary (15th-17th century), including 24 Chester Mystery plays (1604).

Administrative / Biographical History

Richard Middleton Massey, MA, of Brasenose College (1678-1743; FSA 1718, FRS 1712), was at one time under-keeper of the Ashmolean Museum. After leaving the Museum he later went on to practice medicine.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The manuscripts were given to the Library by Massey in 1710.


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. V, nos. 27619-632.

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