The College has 200 medieval manuscripts, held in the Bodleian Library. Of them, the most important literary manuscripts are from the fifteenth century: the Cloud of Unknowing, Piers Plowman and the writings of Richard Rolle of Hampole. The College has also deposited in the Bodleian the Robert Ross Collection, which contains a significant number of letters and other material relating to Oscar Wilde and his circle. Apart from a few letters and papers relating to its literary Old Members, including Percy Shelley, C.S. Lewis, and Stephen Spender, the most interesting collection in the College’s archives is the archive of Erich Alport, who corresponded with such figures as W.H. Auden, Paul Bowles, and Nevill Coghill.
|Description of acquisition (including extent)||Type of acquisition||Source of acquisition|
|1. Letters written by Percy Shelley when an undergraduate at University College (acquired 2005). These have now been deposited with the Bodleian Library.||Purchase||Benefactor support|
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