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Archive of James Legge


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The collection consists of:

  1. papers relating to his role as Professor of Chinese, including lectures delivered, notebooks, translations, drafts of a Chinese-English phrase book and dictionary
  2. papers of Legge and his family, consisting of a copy of a twentieth-century journal kept by Hannah Mary Johnstone before her marriage to Legge, autobiographical notes by Legge, and miscellaneous Legge family papers.


  • Creation: c.1839-1951


0.85 Linear metres (22 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Chinese

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. misc. c. 863, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. misc. c. 863-865, d. 1252-1265, e. 1377-1381

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13074


Archive of James Legge

Biographical / Historical

James Legge (1815-1897) was a missionary and sinologist. He was the first Professor of Chinese at Oxford University, 1876-1897. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to the Library in 1983 by Miss M.D. Legge after depositing them in 1947.

Catalogue of the archive of James Legge
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow; Updated 2022 by C. McIlwaine
EAD version 2022
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom