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Provenance and history of the collections

This Wiki has been designed by David Shaw to make available data about the history of Canterbury Cathedral Library and particularly a record of the provenance history of its printed books: donors and previous owners in books from the Dean and Chapter's collections from the early seventeenth century onwards.

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If you would like to help to contribute to this Wiki by adding new pages or adding to existing pages, please request a login: email David Shaw.

David Shaw's own web pages are at

Canterbury Cathedral – The official web site of Canterbury Cathedral, with pages for the Library and Archives.


There are currently 1,006 pages on the database.

This wiki is a work in progress. Its contents are not fully comprehensive.
It focusses on identifiable provenances in the collections, especially donations to the Library. It is not intended to be a catalogue of the Cathedral's entire holdings.