Collection Manuscript/Mixed Material Sir Thomas Phillipps collection,

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  • Sir Thomas Phillipps collection,


  • Manuscript materials relating chiefly to various aspects of the colonial history of British North America and the West Indies. Formerly a part of Bibliotheca Phillippica, a library of manuscripts and printed books compiled by Sir Thomas Phillipps. Documents the administration of the colonies by the British government. Of particular note are papers relating to the British Board of Trade and its predecessors and to Sir William Blathwayt; letterbooks of George Macartney, Earl of Macartney, while colonial governor in the Caribbean; papers of Jean Louis Berlandier relating to his surveys of the border between the United States and Mexico and to his various explorations in Mexico, Lower California, and Texas; English court records and reports; journal of Michel Bégon, colonial administrator in the French West Indies; and miscellaneous papers pertaining to the administration of the Spanish colonies in America.


  • Phillipps, Thomas, Sir, 1792-1872, collector.
  • Bégon, Michel.


  • -  Berlandier, Jean Louis,---1851
  • -  Blathwayt, William,--1649?-1717
  • -  Macartney, George Macartney,--Earl,--1737-1806
  • -  Great Britain.--Board of Trade
  • -  Courts--Great Britain
  • -  Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula)--Discovery and exploration
  • -  Caribbean Area--History
  • -  Great Britain--Colonies--America
  • -  Great Britain--Colonies--America--Administration
  • -  Great Britain--Genealogy
  • -  Italy--Genealogy
  • -  Mexico--Boundaries--United States
  • -  Mexico--Discovery and exploration
  • -  Mexico--Surveys
  • -  North America--History
  • -  North America--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
  • -  Spain--Colonies--America--Administration
  • -  Texas--Discovery and exploration
  • -  United States--Boundaries--Mexico
  • -  West Indies--History
  • -  West Indies, French--History--17th century


  • -  Arranged according to the numbering system used by Phillipps who assigned numbers in sequence to the manuscripts as they were cataloged.
  • -  Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Container or reel number, Sir Thomas Phillipps Collection, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • -  Microfilm edition available, in part, nos. 6,192; 14,454; 16,172; 16,311; 17,333; 17,339; 17,369; 17,540; 17,742; 18,786; and 23,859.
  • -  Microfilm produced from originals in the Manuscript Division. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1944-1979.
  • -  Microfilm of original letters of John Gilbert Cooper in the Bodleian Library, Oxford University (Oxford, England).
  • -  Bodleian Library, Oxford University; Oxford; Great Britain
  • -  Gift and purchase, 1901-1983.
  • -  English antiquarian and bibliographer.
  • -  Collection material in English.
  • -  Finding aid available in the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room and at


  • 1,100 items.
  • 63 containers plus 1 oversize.
  • 10 microfilm reels.
  • 13.3 linear feet.


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  • mm78076737

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  • Open to research.

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Chicago citation style:

Phillipps, Thomas, Sir, Collector, and Michel Bégon. Sir Thomas Phillipps collection.

APA citation style:

Phillipps, T. & Bégon, M. Sir Thomas Phillipps collection.

MLA citation style:

Phillipps, Thomas, Sir, Collector, and Michel Bégon. Sir Thomas Phillipps collection.