Papers of James Legge
Papers of James Legge comprising a notebook containing thoughts on Legge's aims and achievements in China, 1846-7, with a list of expenses, 1869; and letters and papers relating to the Professorship of Chinese at Oxford, 1863-94, including:
- papers concerning the raising of an endowment, 1875-8
- letters relating to the foundation and maintenance of the Chair, 1875-9
- letters to Legge, 1866-94
- copies on tissue paper of letters from Legge, 1879-92
- printed examination papers for the Davis Chinese scholarship, 1879-92.
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Top. Oxon. c. 528; Eng. misc. e. 556].
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MSS. Top. Oxon. c. 528; Eng. misc. e. 556
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 9954, 9956
Biographical / Historical
James Legge (1815-97) was the first professor of Chinese at Oxford, 1876-97; he was also a missionary and sinologist. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.
Other Finding Aids
M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, nos. 54648-9.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Given to the Library in 1957.
- Papers of James Legge
- Susan Thomas
- Language of description
- Script of description