Papers of F.J. Haverfield

Scope and Content

Archaeological papers, 19th-early 20th century, of Francis Haverfield, primarily relating to his work on Roman Britain. The papers include notebooks, manuscripts, typescripts, plans, and photographs. The majority of the material is pre-1920, though the archive also includes some material collected by Margerie Venables Taylor, whose correspondence continues after Haverfield's death in 1919.

Administrative / Biographical History

Francis John Haverfield (1860-1919) was a historian and archaeologist; he specialised in Roman epigraphy and Roman Britain. His works include The Romanization of Roman Britain (London, 1905), and Ancient Town Planning (Oxford, 1913); he also contributed to the Victoria County History series. See the Dictionary of National Biography for details.


The majority of the archive has been arranged according to archaeological site, in pre-1974 county groupings. Material which does not sit within this arrangement has been sorted under the following headings: Hadrian's wall; Britain, general; Material for 'Ancient Town Planning'; England, general; Haverfield lectures; Foreign, Haverfield; Roman, general; and Miscellaneous.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Bequeathed to the Asmolean Museum in 1919.


Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

Two indexes to the archive are available:

  • a topographical index, arranged by county and site
  • an author index to letters etc., which indicates the site referred to.

Related Material

The Library also holds Haverfield's books, some of which contain letters (these do not appear in the indexes mentioned above).