Phillipps-Munby Papers

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Phillipps-Munby b. 1-5, c. 1-34, d. 1-25, d. 29-38, d. 41-9, e. 1-10, f. 1-3
  • Dates of Creation
      19th-20th century
  • Language of Material
      English, Latin, German, and French.
  • Physical Description
      96 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Papers of A.N.L. Munby concerning the writing of his Phillipps studies (5 vols., Cambridge, 1951-60) and the history and location of the manuscripts of Sir Thomas Phillipps. The papers include:  

  • Correspondence and notes, 1945-74
  • Photographs of Phillipps, his contemporaries and properties, 19th-20th century
  • Publications of the Middle Hill Press with other items printed for Phillipps, 1818-65
  • Miscellaneous printed items, 1823-1860
  • List and sale catalogues of Phillipps manuscripts, 1886-1975

Administrative / Biographical History

Alan Noel Latimer Munby (1913-1974) was a librarian, bibliographer, historian and book collector. Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), Baronet, was an antiquary, collector of manuscripts and books. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

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

The papers were bought from Munby's executors in 1975.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, 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. 49816-911.

Related Material

See also:

  • Topographical collections, correspondence and papers of Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bart. (1792-1872) (MSS. Phillipps-Robinson a. 1-48, b. 1-218, c. 1-726, d. 1-326, e. 1-509, f. 1-83, g. 1-6; Rubbings Phillipps-Robinson 1-933)
  • Pedigrees Printed for Sir Thomas Phillipps (MSS. Top. gen. a. 20, c. 105-6, c. 106*)
  • Indexes to the Collection of Manuscripts Formed by Sir Thomas Phillipps (MSS. Eng. misc. b. 83-92)