Manuscripts Collected by Sir Charles Harding Firth

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Firth b. 3-5, c. 14-20, d. 4-15, e. 3-7, g. 1
  • Dates of Creation
      17th-20th century
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      28 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Manuscripts collected by Sir Charles Harding Firth, with some working papers. The collection includes poetry, ballads, lectures, notebooks of extracts, and letters.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Charles Harding Firth (1857-1936) was a historian. 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 collection was given to the Library by Sir Charles, 1916-30, and his widow, 1936, except for MS. Firth d. 10, which was given to the Library in 1937.


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

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, nos. 46873-900.