MC:P219 Photograph album and papers of William Henry Bliss (1835-1909)
William Henry Bliss (1835–1909) matriculated at Magdalen College in 1854, having been educated at Winchester. He was ordained deacon in 1858 (the same year in which he took his BA), and priest in 1865. Having acted as a curate for his uncle in Plymouth, he was then Vicar of North Hinksey near Oxford in 1866–8. In 1869, however, he converted to Catholicism, and began a new career as an archivist and librarian. From 1866–76, Bliss worked at the Bodleian Libarary, overseeing the production of a printed catalogue, and then in 1877 Bliss travelled to the Vatican, where he became the Public Record Office delegate at the Vatican archives. He spent the rest of his life in Rome, transcribing many documents in the Vatican for the PRO.
Letters from Bliss to Herbert Warren (President 1885-1928) can be found at MC:P414/C10.
MC:P219/P1/1 and MC:P219/X1/1–4 were given to the archives by a descendant of Bliss in May 2003 as Accession No. 03/75, and MC:P219/C2/1 in January 2004 as Accession No. 04/8; the other items were given by the same source in June 2003 as Accession No. 03/110.
Recatalogued in January 2004.
The collection is divided into the following series:
MC:P219/P1 Photograph album
MC:P219/C2 Letter to W. H. Bliss
MC:P219/X1 Other papers