Nicholson Papers

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 Nicholson Papers
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
      English, Ancient Greek (to 1453), Latin, German, and Welsh.
  • Physical Description
      134 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Papers of E.W.B. Nicholson, including papers relating to Edward Nicholson, father of E.W.B. Nicholson, and correspondence of E.W.B. Nicholson.

The full list of shelfmarks is: GB 161 MSS. Eng. bibl. a. 1-4, b.1, c. 4, d. 7-8, e. 1; Eng. lang. c. 5-7, f. 1; Eng. misc. a. 4-5, b. 14-18, c. 54-64, c. 66-74, c. 76-85, d. 49-79, e. 56-73, f. 25-6, g. 7; Eng. poet. b. 2, c. 12-15, d. 21, e. 23, g. 1; Eng. th. e. 23; Gr. class. e. 97-8; Lat. misc. d. 35; Mus. c. 43-4, d. 147-8, g. 2-3; Top. Oxon. c. 179-82, d. 114-21, f. 32; Top. Scotland a. 2

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Williams Byron Nicholson (1849-1912) was Bodley's Librarian, a poet, and a Celtic and Biblical scholar. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The papers were bequeathed to the Library by E.W.B. Nicholson in 1912.


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. 36056-191.