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Walter Fraser Oakeshott papers, 1926-1986

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Finding aid for the Walter Fraser Oakeshott papers, 1926-1986 (bulk 1949-1986)

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Series I. Personal and professional papers, 1949-1986 .75 lin. ft.
Series I contains correspondence, with many copies of Oakeshott's replies, arranged chronologically. Letters from the early years (1949-1954) date from Oakeshott's Headmastership at Winchester College and consist mainly of requests from editors for articles and book reviews by him, or letters from colleagues regarding his research and publication projects. Correspondence from later years (1954-1972) dates from Oakeshott's time at Lincoln and Oxford and includes both professional and personal letters. Notable correspondents are Bernard Rackham, Sir Francis Oppenheimer, and Sir Robert Birley. The files also contain several of Oakeshott's notebooks, some filled with sermons and writings in his hand, with many notes and clippings inserted. This series contains drafts of sermons, obituaries and eulogies, and addresses produced by Oakeshott largely during his time at Winchester, Lincoln, and Oxford; a speech made by Oakeshott at his 80th birthday party; several personal photographs, loose clippings, and ephemera.
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1 1 Professional correspondence, 1949-1951
Consists mainly of requests for book reviews, articles, and lectures by Oakeshott and letters from colleagues regarding his publication projects, with many copies of his replies; contains letter (4 pp.) from Bernard Rackham discussing Canterbury stained glass and problems he faced in his research on it (1951 Jan 5).
1 2 Professional correspondence, 1952-1954
Includes several letters from Sir Francis Oppenheimer debating points raised by Oakeshott in his review of Oppenheimer's The Legend of the Sainte Ampoule and Frankish Themes and Problems (1952-1953).
1 3 Personal and professional correspondence, 1954-1972
Includes several letters (1962-1965) from Sir Robert Birley regarding conflicts between English universities in South Africa and the South African government over apartheid and "liberalism."
1 4 Correspondence with Dennis King, 1962
Letter from Dennis King, glazier, with copy of Oakeshott's reply regarding purchase of rondelles of etched glass, with 14 photographs (1962).
1 5 Personal and professional correspondence, 1978-1986
1 6 Letters from Canon Paul Britton, 1982-1984
Letters, with enclosures, regarding microfilming of Winchester mss. and the 1984 Saxon Festival exhibition at Winchester.
1 7 Correspondence between Lincoln College and solicitors, undated
Concerning the estate of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Montgomery; Marshall Montgomery's diplomas from Oxford and Ludwig Universities.
1 8 Miscellaneous correspondence, undated
1 9 Photographs of Oakeshott, 1963 Oct 30
5 photos of Oakeshott being shown the Atlas of Britain by David Bickmore.
1 10 2 notebooks, undated
1 containing scant notes on medieval mss. but largely blank, the other containing notes and photos of works of art in Oakeshott's personal collection; with several personal photographs.
1 11 2 notebooks, undated
With Oakeshott's writing, partially blank. Both contain many inserted clippings and papers with additional notes; miscellaneous loose clippings and ephemera.
1 12-13 4 notebooks of sermons, undated
Written by Oakeshott with many clippings and loose papers with his notes; plus Oakeshott's copy of a prayer book for evening service for the scholars at Winchester College.
1 14 Typescript and mss. sermons, 1949-1952
One given by J.D.F. [?] at College Chapel (1949 Nov 13), 2 by Oakeshott given at Winchester (Dec 1951) and Southhampton University (1952 May 28); 5 other sermons by Oakeshott (no date or place); misc. loose papers and mss. containing portions of sermons.
1 15 Obituaries and eulogies, undated
Written by Oakeshott for Claude Anthony Merriman, George Gater, and A.T.P. Williams, Bishop of Winchester Cathedral.
1 16 Addresses (lectures), 1952
Address given by Oakeshott to the Georgian Group (1952 Jun 17); portion of draft for the B.A. Address (undated).
1 17 Program and addresses for Encaenia 1964 (Oxford commemoration), 1964
Oakeshott, as Vice Chancellor of Oxford University, presided over ceremonies.
1 18 Address (speech)
Typescript (6 pp.) and ms. notes for a speech made by Oakeshott at an 80th birthday party given him by Lincoln College.
Series II. Medieval art, ca. 1936-1972 2.0 linear feet
Series II contains ca. 150 photos and postcards used for the research and publication of The Mosaics of Rome, from the Third to the Fourteenth Centuries; published articles by Oakeshott on the Malory ms., press clippings relating to its sale, and a catalogue for an exhibition at Winchester, 1936, when it was first displayed after its identification; a photocopy of "The Winchester XIIth Century Bible and the Paintings of the 'Holy Sepulchre' Chapel" ( Winchester Cathedral Record, 1939); drafts and illustrations for The Two Winchester Bibles; drafts of a catalogue of initials intended to be published in The Two Winchester Bibles (unpublished); drafts and copies of lectures and portions of various publications on the Winchester Bibles and artists; an offprint for "The Sigena Paintings and the Second Style of Rubrication in the Winchester Bible" (1972); ca. 350 photos of the Winchester Bible, Morgan Leaf, and related material, many with Oakeshott's notes on the back; a draft and notes for the article, "The Abbot Who Thought He Knew Better," concerning two 12th century Zacharias Chrysopolitanus mss.; ca. 50 photos of wall paintings from Sigena and related material, some used to illustrate Sigena: Romanesque Paintings in Spain & the Winchester Bible Artists; ca. 470 photos of Ancient, Early Christian and Medieval art, many used to illustrate Classical Inspiration in Medieval Art; ca. 40 photos used to illustrate The Sequence of English Medieval Art; lecture on Romanesque art.
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2 1-2 Photographs for Mosaics of Rome, ca. 1960s
Photographs of mosaics and wall paintings in Rome and other locations, used to research and illustrate Oakeshott's book The Mosaics of Rome, from the Third to the Fourteenth Centuries, 1967.
2 3 Material concerning the Winchester Malory ms. of Morte d'Arthur
Including 2 published articles by Oakeshott; news clippings about the sale of the ms. to the British Library; and a catalogue for an exhibition at Winchester College Library, 1936, when the ms. was first displayed after its identification.
2 4 Article and photographs regarding Winchester Cathedral, ca. 1939
Photocopy of short article, "The Winchester XIIth Century Bible and the Paintings of the 'Holy Sepulchre' Chapel," ( Winchester Cathedral Record, 1939); 2 related photos.
2 5 Manuscripts, illustrations for the Two Winchester Bibles, ca. 1981
Typescript and ms. drafts of the introduction, text, appendices, and some illustrations for Oakeshott's book.
2 6 Unpublished manuscripts for the Two Winchester Bibles, ca. 1981
2 drafts of a catalogue of initials intended to be published in The Two Winchester Bibles, typescript with handwritten annotations (30 pp., unpublished).
2 7 Manuscripts about the Winchester Bible, undated
1 ms. and 2 typescript drafts of the introduction to The Winchester Bible Facsimile.
2 8 Manuscripts on the Winchester Bible, undated
Partial typescript and ms. drafts for publications on the Winchester Bible and its artists; misc. notes, photos and photocopies.
2 9 Notes and essay on Morgan Library Mss, 1970
Notes on Morgan Library, Ms.823 (2 pp.); photocopy of ms. essay on the Morgan Leaf (Morgan Library, Ms.619), 1970 (22 pp.).
2 10 Lecture on the Winchester Bible, 1981
2 drafts and 3 copies of a lecture given by Oakeshott (1981 Jan 19).
2 11 Lectures on Winchester Bibles, 1972
Draft and final copies of 5 lectures on the Winchester Bibles and their artists given by Oakeshott at Harvard (1972 Jan 23), Washington, the Morgan Library, and the Warburg Institute.
2 12 Proof sheets for Artists of the Winchester Bible, 1945
Proofs of text pages, photocopies.
2 13 Ms. draft of an article, undated
"The Abbot Who Thought He Knew Better," and notes, concerning two 12th century mss. of Zacharias Chrysopolitanus': On the Concordances of the New Testament (Winchester Cath. Library and Library of the Seminary of St. John, Camarillo, California), with photocopies of several of the manuscript folia.
2 14 Offprint, 1972
"The Sigena Paintings and the Second Style of Rubrications of the Winchester Bible," from Kunsthistorische Forschungen: Otto Pächt, su seinem 70. Geburtstag.
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3 Photographs of manuscripts
Ca. 350 photos of the Winchester Bible and Morgan Leaf, and related mss., many used to illustrate Oakeshott's publications (ca. 200 are mounted on paper with Oakeshott's notes and pagination; ca. 150 are loose, many with notes written on reverse); and 2 transparencies.
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10* Photographs of manuscripts
5 large photographs related to those in box 3.
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4 1 Photographs of Ms.2 (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)
37 photos and 2 transparencies.
4 2 Photographs of Chapelle Saint Julien
9 photos of the painted choir vault of Chapelle Saint Julien in Le Petit-Quevilly, France.
4 3 Photographs for Sigena: Romanesque Paintings in Spain & the Winchester Bible Artists, ca. 1970
Ca. 50 photos of wall paintings from the Chapter House at Sigena, Spain, and related wall paintings and mosaics from various locations, including the Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre in Winchester Cathedral and the Church of Our Lady at Asinou, Cyprus, some used to illustrate Sigena: Romanesque Paintings in Spain & the Winchester Bible Artists, 1972.
4 4-9 Photographs for Classical Inspiration in Medieval Art, ca. 1960
Ca. 470 loose photos and 14 notebook pages with mounted photos of Antique, Early Christian and Medieval mss., ivories, metalwork, stained glass, sculpture and Medieval architectural sculpture, many of which were used to illustrate Classical Inspiration in Medieval Art, 1960. (See also Box 5, Folder 1)
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5 1 Photographs for Classical Inspiration in Medieval Art, ca. 1960
5 2 Photographs for The Sequence of English Medieval Art, ca. 1950
Ca. 40 photos of medieval mss., stained glass and wall and panel paintings used to illustrate The Sequence of English Medieval Art, 1950.
5 3 Lecture on Romanesque art, undated
Typescript and carbon copy of a lecture on Romanesque art given by Oakeshott (10 pp.).
Series III. Renaissance and Elizabethan studies, ca. 1960-1986 0.75 linear feet
Series III contains .75 linear ft. of drafts, proofs, and other publication material for the publication of Some Woodcuts by Hans Burgkmair, printed for the Roxburghe Club, typescript and proofs of "The Siena Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I," (written with Anson Jordan; typescript and offprint of "Some Classical and Medieval Ideas in Renaissance Cosmography," published in Fritz Saxl, 1890-1948; a Volume of Memorial Essays from His Friends in England; a typescript article discussing 4 maps in the Winchester College Library and a press clipping of "A Tudor Explorer and His Map of Russia" ( Times Literary Supplement); typescripts of "An Unknown Raleigh Manuscript"; drafts and notes for The Queen and the Poet, 1960; typescript of a text called in its first version "An Elizabethan Anthology in its context: the Appended Poems to Love's Martyr, 1601" and changed to "Love's Martyr" in the second version, dated 2 Sept 1982 (unpublished) based upon ground-work laid in an article, "Love's Martyr," in The Huntington Library Quarterly, 1975; lecture entitled "Shakespeare and Plutarch"; and various photos related to the above. The series also contains English transcriptions of 5 letters from Philip II of Spain concerning the provisioning of Spanish ships.
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6 1 Some Woodcuts by Hans Burgkmair: proofs and drafts, ca. 1960
Proof copy, misc. proof sheets and portions of ms. drafts for Some Woodcuts by Hans Burgkmair, printed for presentation to the Roxburghe Club, 1960.
6 2 Le Relationi Universali: photocopy, undated
Photocopy of the fourth part of Giovanni Botero's Le Relationi Universali, 1618 (Lincoln College, Ms.K.3.2).
6 3 Printing plates for Burgkmair woodcuts
2 metal printing plates replicating 2 Burgkmair woodcuts, mounted on wood (8 1/4 x 4 3/4 in. and 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 in.) used in printing the Roxburghe Club publication.
6 4 "Siena Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I"
Typescript draft, proofs and final printed copy of "The Siena Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I," written with Anson Jordan ( Apollo, Oct 1986); 38 photos of this portrait and related material.
6 5 "Some Classical and Medieval Ideas in Renaissance Cosmography,"
Carbon copy of typescript draft with hand corrections of "Some Classical and Medieval Ideas in Renaissance Cosmography," published in Fritz Saxl, 1890-1948; a Volume of Memorial Essays from His Friends in England, 1957; 11 photos of Medieval and Renaissance maps used to illustrate the article.
6 6 Articles about maps, ca. 1984
Typescript draft of an article discussing 4 maps in the Winchester College Library (21 pp.); press clipping from the Times Literary Supplement (6/22/84) of Oakeshott's article "A Tudor Explorer and His Map of Russia."
6 7 Materials about maps, undated
4 transparencies and 11 photos of Medieval and Renaissance maps and geometrical diagrams; tourist map of Autun, France (n.d.); press clipping of excerpts from The Atlas of Britain and Northern Ireland.
6 8 "An Unknown Raleigh Manuscript" undated
2 typescript drafts, one with hand annotations, (8 pp. and 5 pp.).
6 9 The Queen and the Poet
Typescript draft with hand annotations of the first version of The Queen and the Poet (45 pp.) and misc. typescript and ms. portions of drafts and notes.
6 10 Material about Sir Walter Raleigh
Letter from Austin Whitaker (21 Apr 1976) with enclosed typescript paragraphs quoted from John Trussell's Touchstone of Tradition, 1603, which mention Raleigh; photocopy of a school term paper written by Margaret Hodges (1983) which cites Oakeshott's article "Carew Ralegh's Copy of Spenser"; 1 typewritten page concerning Raleigh, copied from John North's The Rediscovered Masterpiece, 1977.
6 11 "An Elizabethan Anthology in its context: the Appended Poems to Love's Martyr, 1601" ca. 1980
Typescript of a long article by Oakeshott (99 pp.). This version entitled "An Elizabethan Anthology in its context: the Appended Poems to Love's Martyr, 1601." Ms. contains handwritten comments in pencil by Anson [Jordan]; letter (31 Aug 1981) from Anson written to accompany this manuscript upon its return to Oakeshott. [See also folder 12 for later version of article.]
6 12 "Love's Martyr" 1982
Typescript of later version of article (113 pp.) in folder 11. This version entitled "Love's Martyr" and dated 2 Sept 1982 (unpublished) (based upon ground-work laid in an article, "Love's Martyr," published by Oakeshott in The Huntington Library Quarterly, 11/75); 1 draft page for a suggested letter from Oakeshott to Cambridge Press to accompany a final version of this article.
6 13 Research on Sir Walter Raleigh, undated
22 photos and 13 transparencies of photos related to Oakeshott's research on Sir Walter Raleigh and Queen Elizabeth I, some used to illustrate publications; 4 photocopies of 2 books owned and annotated by Dr. Dee.
6 14 Material regarding the Spanish Armada
Transcriptions in English of 5 letters from Philip II of Spain concerning the provisioning of the Armada (1588) and Spanish galleys in the Mediterranean (1585-86); ms. and typescript copies of a letter to Lord Threr of England from Charles Howard, Earl of Nottingham (1591) with a 2 pp. biographical history of Howard pulled from unidentified book; photocopy of a printed Order of Parliament for a Day of Thanksgiving for the victory at Santa Cruz over the Spaniards, 1657, with a narrative of the event (5 pp.).
6 15 "Shakespeare and Plutarch,"
2 typescript drafts of a lecture, given by Oakeshott (15 pp.).
Series IV. Various studies, undated 1.0 linear feet
Series IV. contains articles and related materials on the history of the Winchester College and Cathedral libraries, the restoration of the college chapel and other stone buildings at Oxford. A typescript for "The Gospels and History," and short essays on the following topics: two terra-cotta statuettes in Skinner's Hall, Winchester, with photos; black-figure cups at Winchester; the Borchardt Measure; Dr. Arnold, Headmaster at Rugby; Oakeshott's school days and teachers; and Ancient and Medieval trade routes. The series includes 10 typescripts for book reviews written by Oakeshott, a bound typescript collection of poems by H.S. Vere-Hodge; reprints of 7 articles by Oakeshott on various topics; and 65 glass plates including aerial views of the English countryside and historic sites, photos and architectural renderings of libraries, maps, and Medieval art.
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7 1 "The Gospels and History"
Typescript draft (209 pp.) with Oakeshott's hand annotations, with duplicates of several portions. Some sections contain pencil notes by C.H. Dodd.
7 2 Miscellaneous short essays, undated
A typescript note (2 pp.) on two terra-cotta statuettes in Skinner's Hall, Winchester, with a black and white photo and color transparency of each; partial article on black-figure cups at Winchester (9 pp.); note on the Borchardt Measure (5 pp.).
7 3 Miscellaneous essays, undated
Typescript note on antiques and craftsmanship (2 pp.), essay on Dr. Arnold, Headmaster at Rugby (4 pp.), essay in which Oakeshott recalls his school days and teachers (4 pp.), ms. draft of essay on ancient and medieval trade routes (8 pp.).
7 4 Book reviews, undated
10 typescript book reviews written by Oakeshott, some with carbon copies or earlier drafts.
7 5 Five Overs and Two Wides
Bound, typescript collection of poems by H.S. Vere-Hodge on the subject of cricket, which was published with Oakeshott as editor (49 pp.); 3 letters received concerning this book.
7 6 Oakshott articles about bibliography and book collecting, 1959-1977
6 offprints of articles by Oakeshott: "Cyril Bailey, 1871-1958" (Proceedings of the British Academy, 1959); "The Detective in the Library" (Librarian Association, Sept 1959); "Renaissance Maps of the World and Their Presuppositions" ( Bull. John Rylands Library, no. 2, 1962); "Imago Mundi" ( Book Collector, Spring 1966); "Sir Walter Raleigh's Library" ( The Library, Dec 1968); "Carew Raleigh's Copy of Spenser" (The Library, March 1971); and 1 copy of Amphora (no. 3, 1977), containing an article by Oakeshott, "The Delight of Bringing History to Book."
7 7 Oakeshott articles on the history of Winchester Cathedral Library
Typescripts.
7 8 Oakeshott articles on the history of Winchester College Library and the history of the restoration of the college chapel
Typescripts.
7 9 Printed writings about Oxford, 1950-1986
Statutes of Lincoln College Oxford, 1950; The Sheldonian Theatre and the Divinity School, 1964 (23 pp.); 1 offprint from The History of the University of Oxford, 1986.
7 10 Notes and articles about restoration at Oxford, undated
Typescript notes by Oakeshott about the restoration of the Sheldonian Theater, Oxford (designed by Wren) and a typescript article on the Radcliffe Camera restoration, both projects part of a larger campaign of Oxford stone building restoration; correspondence regarding the summarization and publication of the results of this campaign.
7 11-13 Photographs of Oxford buildings, undated
Ca. 100 photos document the before, during, and after restoration sequence of various Oxford buildings, some showing stone masons and carvers at work.
7 14 Sheldonian Theater images
2 photocopies of engravings representing the Sheldonian Theater.
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9 Glass plates, undated
65 glass plates, which include representations of maps, architectural diagrams and interior views of Winchester libraries, mss., aerial photographs of the English countryside and historic sites, stone markers and Anglo-Saxon cross shafts.
Series V. Assorted printed material, 1953-1984 0.75 linear feet
Series V. holds press clippings of reviews of several Oakeshott publications, press clippings of archaeological interest from the Illustrated London News (1957-1967), and a lecture by C.F. Powell (1968). The series contains ca. 180 photos and postcards of miscellaneious art objects from various periods and 30 photos and color transparencies of paintings by Van Houten, connected with an exhibition at the Ashmolean, ca. 1966. In addition, this series includes 26 offprints of articles by various authors in several fields; 2 catalogues of Medieval art in the Victoria and Albert Museum; and a hardbound report with photos, describing the rebinding and repair of the Book of Kells and the Book of Durrow (1953-1954), compiled by Roger Powell.
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8 1 Press clippings
Reviews on several of Oakeshott's publications, largely for Founded upon the Seas and The Queen and the Poet.
8 2-3 Press clippings, 1956-1967
Clippings of archaeological interest from the Illustrated London News.
8 4 Miscellaneous clippings and photocopies of articles
On various topics.
8 5 "The Aims and Role of Science in Our Time," 1968
Photocopy of a lecture by C.F. Powell, delivered at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay, 1968.
8 6 Images of stained glass
21 photos and 2 postcards of medieval and renaissance stained glass.
8 7 Images of frescoes
12 photos of Byzantine frescoes in Trikomo, Cyprus; 3 photos of an unidentified fresco.
8 8 Images of metalwork, ivories, and a book cover
17 photos of medieval metalwork and carved ivories, 7 postcards showing views of the book cover of the Reims Gospel Book in Aachen.
8 9-10 Photographs of Ms.Periz.F.17
16 photos of Ms.Periz.F.17 (Leiden, University Library).
8 11 Letter from Roger Powell and photos, May 1984
With 8 photos of the binding of the Oken Charity Trust Account Book.
8 12 Material about medieval mss
Ca. 30 photos, book plates and photocopies of various medieval mss.
8 13 Images of assorted art works
Ca. 35 photos and cards of miscellaneous art monuments.
8 14 Photographs of Van Houten paintings, ca. 1966
23 black and white photos and 7 color transparencies of paintings by Van Houten, connected with an exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, ca. 1966.
8 15-16 Offprints of articles by various authors
26 offprints.
8 17 2 catalogues of Medieval art in the Victoria and Albert Museum
8 18 Report of repair of Book of Kells and Book of Durrow, 1953-1954
Hardbound report (no. 5 of 22 copies), with photos, describing the rebinding and repair of the Book of Kells and the Book of Durrow, 1953-1954 (33 pp.), compiled by Roger Powell, bookbinder, with a letter and Christmas card from him to Oakeshott.


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