Angus Library

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  • Reference
      GB 469 ANG
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  • Physical Description
      ca. 30,000 printed works, 250 periodical titles, 150 unpublished theses, 200 shelves of boxes of mss (excl. BMS Archives), 200 microfilms, + misc. AV. Books, pamphlets and manuscripts, many in fragile or damaged condition. Microfilms, photographs, lantern slides, a few videos and audio-cassettes.

Scope and Content

A collection of printed and manuscript material relating to Baptists and Baptist history, chiefly in Great Britain, from the 17th century to the present, but also including some Anabaptist material from continental Europe from the 16th century.

Administrative / Biographical History

Angus Library, Regent`s Park College, University of Oxford.

Access Information

By advance appointment, preferably in writing, with a reference from either a minister or an academic. Normal hours Mon.-Fri., 09.30-16.00, but sometimes closed when neither Librarian nor Archivist available.


In addition to printed works described, the Library contains the deposited committee minute books of the Baptist Union of Great Britain (and Ireland) and a number of local, regional and national Baptist church records, as well as the deposited archives of the Baptist Missionary Society.

Other Finding Aids

Card catalogue; OLIS: for printed acquisitions post 01.11.97, some ESTC holdings and some 19C pamphlets. ESTC for pre-1800 holdings.

Conditions Governing Use

At the discretion of and only by the Librarian or the Archivist, within the terms of the Copyright Act.

Custodial History

The original core of the library was a large collection of printed and manuscript works by English Baptists and other nonconformists dating from the 16th Century left to Regent's Park College by Dr. Joseph Angus, Principal from 1849 to 1893, and later catalogued and enlarged by Dr. George Pearce Gould, Principal 1896-1920. In 1985 the Baptist Union Library, incorporating the Baptist Historical Society's library of manuscript and early printed Baptist materials, became part of the Angus Library and in 1989 the archives of the Baptist Missionary Society were deposited with the library. Other significant collections, including some records of local Baptist churches, have also been deposited with or donated to the library.


Published and unpublished material by Baptist authors or of significance for Baptist history, by gift or purchase.


W. T. Whitley: A Baptist bibliography; E. C. Starr: A Baptist bibliography; C. Burrage: The early English dissenters in the light of recent research. B. R. White: The English Baptists of the 17th century (+ subsequent volumes for the 18th and 19th centuries by R. Brown and J. H. Y. Briggs respectively). B. Green: Tomorrow's man: a biography of John Henry Rushbrooke; B. Green: Crossing the boundaries: a history of the European Baptist Federation. Also many other modern works.