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TitleWoodward Collection (printed books)
Date Of Creation1625 - 20th century
ExtentAround 480 items
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers
Admin HistoryParker Woodward (1845-1931), a Nottingham solicitor deeply interested in the Bacon-Shakespeare controversy, was himself the author of a number of contributions to the debate.
Custodial HistoryHis Baconian collection was presented to the University in 1945 by his son, Mr W. O. Woodward, who subsequently made an additional gift in 1978. It has also been augmented by donations from the Bacon Society, but further acquisition is not actively pursued. It consists of over 300 titles.
DescriptionAll of the works concern in some way the claim that Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Albans, wrote the plays commonly attributed to Shakespeare. Most of the literature was published in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but the Collection also includes seventeen pre-1851 titles. Eight works by Parker Woodward himself are present, including one of the two surviving copies of his Sir Francis Bacon...essay by Parker Woodward towards a more correct biography (Leicester, 1920), of which all the other copies were accidentally destroyed. There is a scrapbook containing newspaper cuttings (1901-1911) and another holding leaflets and three letters to Parker Woodward (1894-1927).
MgtGroupLiterary and cultural records
Printed Book Collections
ArrangementThe collection is arranged by Library of Congress classification
TermShakespeare, William - Authorship - Baconian theory
FindingAidsThe collection is catalogued on the University of Nottingham's library catalogue NUsearch ( To browse the Collection, enter the search term Woodward Collection into the main search box and select to search within the Library Catalogue only.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
ConditionMostly good

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CodePersonNameDates of Existence
NA63373Woodward; Parker (1845-1931); Mr; solicitor of Nottingham; of Travell and Woodward; later of Clifton Woodward and Smith1845-1931
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