Savile Collection

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 Savile G. 18, G. 20; MSS. Rigaud 3-33, 33A, 34-51, 53-7, 60-8; MSS. Savile 53-60, 63-73, 74a, 74b, 75-95, 97-105, a. 1-17, c. 1-2, e. 1-10
  • Dates of Creation
      12th-19th century
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      Latin, English, Ancient Greek (to 1453), French, and Portuguese.
  • Physical Description
      146 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Manuscript collections from the Savilian Library, consisting of:

  • Scientific Papers
  • Estate Papers
  • Rigaud Papers

Administrative / Biographical History

The Savilian Library was the library set up by Sir Henry Savile (see the Dictionary of National Biography) to serve the Savilian Chairs of Astronomy and Geometry at Oxford. They were for the private use of these professors, and were kept in the the gate tower of the Schools Quadrangle, which was used as an observatory. The library was handed over to the Bodleian in 1884.

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 manuscripts were transferred to the custody of the Bodleian in 1884.


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. 26121-26267.

Related Material

See also Savile Manuscripts (MSS. Savile 1-52).