Balliol College Archives & Manuscripts

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Ancient manuscripts: Introduction

Balliol has several hundred medieval manuscript books, most of which have been here since the Middle Ages as part of the working library (accessible only to Fellows until the 19th century!) More than half of the collection was the private library and gift to Balliol of one man, William Gray, Bishop of Ely (d.1478): 'by far the finest, as well as the largest, private collection to survive in England from the Middle Ages' (R.W.Hunt VCH Oxfordshire iii 82).

- Anna Sander

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The archives and manuscriptss of Balliol College are open by appointment to enquirers in person at the Historic Collections Centre in St Cross Church, Holywell.
Enquiries should be sent in writing (email or post) to the Archivist.
There is no charge for Archive enquiries, but donations for Archive purposes are always appreciated.
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