Sheldon Papers

Scope and Content

Seven volumes consisting of a collection of original papers relating to ecclesiastical and civil affairs in Great Britain and Ireland from 1585 to 1724, chiefly owned by, and many written to, Archbishop Gilbert Sheldon in about 1660-77.

Administrative / Biographical History

Gilbert Sheldon (1598-1677) was Archbishop of Canterbury. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Conditions Governing Access

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

The Library bought the volumes from Sir John English Dolben of Finedon in Northamptonshire for 40 5s in 1824. His great uncle was Archbishop John Dolben (d 1686), who married a niece of Archbishop Sheldon.


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. 28181-87.