The Owen Barfield Society

Collections of Owen Barfield’s Writings


 

Owen Barfield designated three libraries as repositories of his writings:

  (1)          The Bodleian Library of Oxford University, England, holds numerous   manuscripts, typescripts, notes, items of correspondence, and diverse ephemera by and about Barfield.   These items, which comprise the Bodleian’s collection of Barfield Papers, have now been catalogued and the catalogue posted online .  To consult the Barfield Papers in person, one must be granted Reader’s status by the Bodleian and obtain special permission from the Executor of Owen Barfield’s Literary Estate.   In addition to the Barfield Papers, the Bodleian holds many of Barfield’s published writings; these published works have been catalogued and special permission is not required to see them.    

 (2)         The Marion E. Wade Center of Wheaton College, Illinois, also holds numerous published works, manuscripts, typescripts, notes, items of correspondence, and diverse ephemera by and about Barfield.   Although it is not as voluminous as the Bodleian’s collection of Barfield Papers, the Wade Center’s collection of Barfield materials is at present easier to consult than the Bodleian’s is, for all of the Wade Center’s Barfield holdings are catalogued and special permission is not required to see any of them. 

 (3)         The Coleridge Collection in the E. J. Pratt Library of Victoria College Library, Toronto, includes the manuscript of Barfield’s edition of Coleridge’s Lectures 1818-1819 On the History of Philosophy.