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Named Manuscripts Collections and Archives - B

Babbage Papers
Scope:
Charles Babbage (b. 1792, d. 1871), mathematician. Correspondence.
Location and Catalogue: 37182-37205.

Bagford Collection
Scope:
John Bagford's title pages taken from Harley MSS 5903-5996 passim.
Location and Catalogue: DPB: Rare Books and Music Reading Room. See separate catalogue by M.H. Wolf.

Baigent Collection
Scope:
Francis Josepht Baigent (d. 1918), antiquarian. Bekshire and Hampshire.
Location and Catalogue: 39959-77, 39985-7.

Baker Family Papers
Scope:  
Pedigrees and other genealogical material.
Location and Catalogue: 33611-6, 45664.

Baker's Manuscripts
Scope:
Thomas Baker's MSS relating to Cambridge, etc.
Location and Catalogue: Harley MSS. 7028-7050. See separate index by the Cambridge Antiquarian Society.

Balfour Papers
Scope:
Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour. Correspondence and papers.
Location and Catalogue: 49683-49962. Printed material received with the collection is in DPB: B.P.13.

Banks Heraldic Collection
Scope:
Collected by Sophia Sarah Banks (b. 1744, d. 1818), virtuoso.
Location and Catalogue: 6277-6342.

Banks Papers
Scope:
Sir Joseph Banks, P.R.S. (b. 1743, d. 1820).
Location and Catalogue: See separate catalogue of his MSS by W.R. Dawson. For his books see DPB Reader Guide 9, p.5.

Bardon Papers
Scope:
Mary Queen of Scots.
Location and Catalogue: Eg. MS.2124.

Barrett Collection
Scope:
Burney family and Fanny Burney afterwards d'Arblay (b. 1752, d. 1840), novelist.
Location and Catalogue: Eg. MSS 3690-3708, 48345. On the Burney manuscripts
generally see The History of Fanny Burney, 1958, pp. v-vii, 496-502, and A Catalogue of the Burney Family Correspondence 1749-1878, 1971, both by Joyce Hemlow.

Barrington Papers
Scope:
Correspondence and papers of the family of Barrington, of Barrington Hall, co. Essex, chiefly on family matters and private business, but including much of political interest and, more especially, a large amount of correspondence relating to the civil war in 1643-4.
Location and Catalogue: Eg. MSS 2643-2651.

Barrington Papers
Scope:
Correspondence and papers of William Wildman Barrington, 2nd Viscount Barrington, 1754-1782.
Location and Catalogue: 73546-73769 & Add. Ch. 76991-77011.

Bathurst Papers
Scope:
Henry Bathurst, 3rd Earl Bathurst.
Location and Catalogue: Loan 57/1-108.

Battersea Papers
Scope:
Rothschild & Flower families. Diaries and correspondence.
Location and Catalogue: 47909-47964.

Bauzá Collection
Scope: Felipe Bauzá's collections relating to Latin America.
Location and Catalogue: 17556-17676, 62904-5. For the collection and its acquisition, see P. Barber, 'Riches for the Geography of America and Spain': Felipe Bauzá and his Topographical Collections, 1789-1848', British Library Journal, XII (1986), pp. 28-57.

Bax Collection
Scope:
Sir Arnold Edward Trevor Bax, K.C.V.O. Musical compositions.
Location and Catalogue: 50173-81, 54724-81, 53735, 54395, 57523. See B.M.Q., xxiii, 1961, pp. 43-5; G. Parlett, Arnold Bax, a catalogue of his music, 1972.

Bax Collection
Scope:
Brass Rubbings collected by Arthur Ridley Bax. 19th - 20th cent.
Location and Catalogue: 39794-39808.

Beauvale Papers
Scope:
Sir Frederick James Lamb, Baron Beauvale, 3rd Viscount Melbourne. Correspondence and papers.
Location and Catalogue: 60399-60483.

Bell Collection
Scope:
See under Gordon Papers.
Location and Catalogue:

Bentham Collection
Scope:
Jeremy Bentham (b. 1748-1832), writer on jurisprudence.
Location and Catalogue: Main collection: 29806-9, 33547-51, 30151, 31235, 33537, 37520.

Bentley publishers archive
Scope:
Papers of the publishing house known successively as Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, Richard Bentley, and Richard Bentley and Son, and of members of the Bentley family.
Location and Catalogue: 46560-46682, 59622-59651. Also DPB microfilm B.53/99 - 214. See separate catalogue compiled by A. Ingram.

Bertie Papers
Scope:
Francis Leveson Bertie, 1st Viscount Bertie of Thame. Correspondence and papers, 1894-1919.
Location and Catalogue: 63011-63053.

Binyon Archive
Scope:
Laurence Binyon (b. 1869, d. 1943), poet.
Location and Catalogue: Loan 103/1-76.

Birch Collection
Scope:
Collected by Thomas Birch (b. 1705, d. 1766), divine and historian.
Location and Catalogue: 4101-4478.

Bishops Transcripts of Parish Registers
Scope:
Duplicates of registers of births, marriages, and
deaths in various parishes in Shropshire.
Location and Catalogue: 28735-40.

Blake, William
Scope:
Location and Catalogue:
His engraved books are in the British Museum, Department of Prints and Drawings.

Blakeney Papers
Scope:
Manuscripts, transcripts, personal papers and photographs from the collection of Thomas Sydney Blakeney (1903-1976) Honorary Secretary of the Friends of the National Libraries, collector, traveller and mountaineer; circa 15th cent-1976.
Location and Catalogue: 63079-63141.

Blechynden Papers
Scope:
East India Company. Diaries etc. Circa 1720-1822.
Location and Catalogue: 45578-45663.

Blenheim (Marlborough) Papers
Scope:
  Formely housed at Blenhiem Palace.
Location and Catalogue: 61101-61710 - see separate catalogue. 70938-46. See also Historical Manuscripts Commission, Eighth Report, Appendix, pt. 1 (1881), pp. 1-60, and The Marlborough-Godolphin Correspondence, ed. H. L. Snyder, Oxford, 1975, I, pp. xvii-xx.

Blomefield Collection
Scope:
Rev. Francis Blomefield (b. 1705, d. 1752), topographer. Norfolk.
Location and Catalogue: 23013-23066, 29738.

Blore Drawings
Scope:
Edward Blore (b. 1787, d. 1879), architect and artist.
Location and Catalogue: 42000-42047, 47610.

Blunt Papers
Scope:
Family papers relating mainly to Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, author and politician (b.1840, d.1922) and his wife Lady Anne Isabelle Noel Blunt (Annabella' neé King, afterw. King-Noel (b.1837, d.1917).
Location and Catalogue: 53817-54155.

Bodley Head
Scope:
See under John Lane.
Location and Catalogue:

Bonomi Drawings
Scope:
See under Hay Collection
Location and Catalogue:

Booth Papers
Scope:
Catherine & William Booth. Salvation Army. 1847?-1870s.
Location and Catalogue: 64799-64806.

Bottomley Papers
Scope:
Gordon Bottomley.
Location and Catalogue: Uncatalogued. Ask Superintendent for information.

Bowood Papers
Scope:
1st (2nd Earl of Shelburne), 3rd, 5th Marquesses of Lansdowne. Includes Keith Papers.
Location and Catalogue: Ask Superintendent for handlists.

Bray Papers
Scope:
William Bray (b. 1736, d. 1832), antiquary, Surrey.
Location and Catalogue: 6167-78, 6409.

Brett, R.B.
Scope:
See under Esher, Lord.
Location and Catalogue:

Bright Papers
Scope:
John Bright, M.P. (b. 1811, d. 1889). Correspondence and papers.
Location and Catalogue: 43383-92, 43649-52.

British Museum Library
Scope:
Collection relating to history of; selected records of admission to the Reading Room etc.
Location and Catalogue: 70839-70856 (1638-1956) 45867-75 (1759-1795) 45747-8 (1872-1879) 48340-1 (1824-1881).

British Museum Library
Scope:
Registers of manuscripts sent to the reading room of the british museum; 1762-1803
Location and Catalogue: 46508-16 (1762-1803).

British Museum Library
Scope:
Selected records of MSS consulted. Records of the Department of Manuscripts of the British Museum kept by Sir Frederic Madden, Keeper of Manuscripts; 1837-1866.
Location and Catalogue: 62001-78 (1826-1866).

British Museum Library
Scope:
Memoranda of MSS business: Selected Reading Room call slips:
Location and Catalogue: 70854, ff. 41-207 (1811-1908).

British Records Association Papers
Scope:  
Location and Catalogue:
52474-52503. Also see Superintendent.

Brockman Papers
Scope:
Brockman family of Kent.
Location and Catalogue: 42586-42710, 45193-45220.

Broughton Papers
Scope:
John Cam Hobhouse, Baron Broughton de Gyfford.
Location and Catalogue: 36455-83, 43744-65, 46914-5, 47222-35, 46914-5, 47222-35, 56527-71, 61826-9.

Buckler Drawings
Scope:
J., J.C., & C.A. Buckler.
Location and Catalogue: Main collections: 36356-36443 (pencil drawings), 37120-37146 (watercolours).

Bunhill Fields Collection
Scope:
Dissenters' burial ground.
Location and Catalogue: 28513-23, 56412-4.

Burney Newspaper Collection
Scope:
Collected by Charles Burney.
Location and Catalogue: See Humanities Reading Room Reader Guide No.9, p.6.

Burney Papers
Scope:
Charles Burney (b. 1757, d. 1817), classical scholar. Greek drama.
Location and Catalogue: 59902-60165, 65162-65177, 70857-70886.

Burney Papers
Scope:
Frances Burney afterwards d'Arblay (b. 1752, d. 1840), novelist.
Location and Catalogue: Eg. MSS 3690-3708, 48345.

Burney Theatre & Playbill Collections
Scope:
Collected by Charles Burney.
Location and Catalogue: See Humanities Reading Room Reader Guide No.9, p.6.

Burns Papers
Scope:
John Burns.
Location and Catalogue: 46281-46345. Printed material received with this collection is in DBP: B.P.15.

Burrell Drawings
Scope:
Sir William Burrell's collection of Grimm and Lambert drawings of Sussex. (See also under Grimm Drawings.)
Location and Catalogue: 5670-5711.

Burton' s Collectanea Aegyptiaca
Scope:
James Burton (or Haliburton) (b. 1788, d. 1862), egyptologist. Egypt.
Location and Catalogue: 25613-75, 29812-60.