Diaries of Samuel Wilberforce

Scope and Content

Diaries written in Lett's Diary No. 9, each with a note that it was examined by his son, Reginald G. Wilberforce, who completed the Life of his father. Some have newspaper cuttings inserted, and notes by Samuel Wilberforce of interesting conversations, all have a list of notable entries at the end.

Administrative / Biographical History

Samuel Wilberforce (1805-1873) was Bishop of Oxford and Winchester. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/specialcollections).

Acquisition Information

The diaries were deposited in 1983 and 1984.


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

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the collection is available online at http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/specialcollectionswmss/online/online.htm.

Related Material

See also Wilberforce Family Papers (MSS. Wilberforce a. 1, b. 1, c. 1-31, d. 1-51, e. 1-24, f.1-5, g. 1-17), and Additional Wilberforce Papers (MSS. Don. e. 164-5; Wilberforce b. 2, c. 33-67, d. 54-6, e. 24).