French and English Manuscripts Collected by Robert Shackleton

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

French and English manuscripts, some relating to Montesquieu.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Shackleton (1919-1986) was Bodley's Librarian, 1966-79, Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature, and Fellow of All Souls College, 1979-86. He collected books by and about Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, and wrote Montesquieu : a critical biography (London : Oxford University Press, 1970). Details are given in Who Was Who.

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 collection was bequeathed to the Library by Robert Shackleton, with his library of books by and about Montesquieu, 1986.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A full description is available in the Library.