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Manuscripts: Papyri, Medieval and Renaissance: Deeds & Rolls

Deeds, charters, rolls, other documents, and seals


  • Many seals from Bodleian collections were detached from their charters and are now stored separately. If the catalogue entry for a charter refers to a seal, it may be ordered by affixing an asterisk to the shelfmark of the charter. For example, MS. Ch. Yorks. 314* is the seal from MS. Ch. Yorks. 314.
  • Alphabetical card indexes to the large parts seal collections are available in the Weston Library Gallery. These indexes also include references to the Library's collection of plaster casts of seals, which can be ordered by number. Although some of the card indexes contain very brief descriptions of the seals, the majority are index entries only.
  • Brief descriptions of a number of the seals are also available in an unpublished handlist. This can be consulted by special arrangement with library staff.
  • Some seals are only described in the handwritten "charter slips", described above.