The Short Parliament, 1640

Collection Summary

Title: The Short Parliament, 1640
Call Number: MS 94-10
Size: 0.25 linear feet
Acquisition: Purchased from Sotheby’s, 1986
Processed by: AG, 1994; JEF, 4-20-1999; MN, 11-2012
Restrictions: None

Literary Rights

Literary rights were not granted to Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine the manuscripts, it is not an authorization to publish them. Manuscripts cannot be used for publication without regard for common law literary rights, copyright laws and the laws of libel. It is the responsibility of the researcher and his/her publisher to obtain permission to publish. Scholars and students who eventually plan to have their work published are urged to make inquiry regarding overall restrictions on publication before initial research..

Content Note

The one book in this collection, handwritten in the English language of the 1640s, comprises the official minutes of the Short Parliament, convened by Charles I on April 13, 1640 and dissolved on May 5, 1640. The minutes include discussions of grievances including ship money, monopolies, religion and economic conditions.

Administrative History

The Short Parliament was convened by Charles I on April 13, 1640. At this time, the Scots demanded a parliament to satisfy the Glasgow Assembly and to resolve differences between King Charles and his subjects. When it became apparent that unity would not be accomplished, Charles dissolved the Parliament on May 5, 1640.

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing


Box 1 FF 1 Manuscript book of the Short Parliament.
Box 1 FF 2 Transcribed notes of the Short Parliament by collection processor Avis German.
Box 1 FF 3 Papers relating to the Short Parliament including a brief history of the original owner of this manuscript book and of events concerning the Short Parliament of 1640.
Box 1 FF 4 Adobe PDF file on CD of manuscript in FF 1 developed by MIXNET.