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Oxford University. Transcripts and extracts made by the Rev. William Smith

Reference code
MSS/0072
Title
Oxford University. Transcripts and extracts made by the Rev. William Smith
Date
Early 18th century
Level of description
Sub-fonds
Extent and format
Paper. Twenty-eight volumes. Quarto (72/27 B, folio). Leather, mottled brown, with an oblong inset of plain brown. Bookplates of George Allan, FSA, in most volumes.
Scope and content
Transcripts and extracts made by the Rev. William Smith (c. 1651-1735), Fellow of University College, Oxford, and rector of Melsonby, Yorks., from material, mostly manuscript, in the Bodleian Library, college libraries, university, college and city archives, etc., relating mainly to the history of Oxford University and its colleges.

Includes excerpts from the manuscripts of Anthony Wood, Brian Twyne, Roger Dodsworth and Dr Matthew Hutton in the Bodleian Library, and material from private collections and personal information. Smith described his collections in a letter of 10 May 1709 (Letters of Eminent Men addressed to Ralph Thoresby, II (1832), 164-74) and used them in his Annals of University College (1728) which was written to prove the seniority of University College. See also VCH Oxfordshire, III (1954), 69, which notes that many of Smith's sources are no longer extant. J. E. T. Rogers, ed., Oxford City Documents (Oxford Hist. Soc., 18, 1891) prints selected items from the city archives.

Notes of contents by the compiler on front pastedowns, and his detailed lists of contents in most volumes (and in SAL/MS/72/27 A for vols. 12-16, 18, 19, now SAL/MS/72/13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 25, 26). Printed titlepages added by George Allan, FSA.
Creator
Smith, William (c 1651-1735), Fellow of University College, Oxford and antiquary
Previous reference number(s)
SAL/MS/72/1-27/B
Language
Latin, English
Related units of description
Eleven further volumes of transcripts by Smith of University College archives are in the Bursary of University College.
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