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Copies of lectures and talks, correspondence and printed works of Sir Michael Ernest Sadler


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The papers mainly consist of copies of lectures and speeches relating to education in England and Germany, with some printed papers on education and a small amount of correspondence.


  • Creation: 1901-c.1961


0.45 Linear metres (3 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7116, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. Eng. c. 7116-7118

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15750


Copies of lectures and talks, correspondence and printed works, 1901-c.1961, of Sir Michael Ernest Sadler (1861-1943), educational pioneer.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Michael Ernest Sadler (1861-1943) was educated at Rugby and Christ Church, Oxford. In 1885 he was appointed secretary of the extension lectures sub-committee of the Oxford University Examinations Delegacy. During his tenure the quantity and scope of lectures increased enormously. In 1895 he was appointed director of the office of special inquiries and reports in the Department of Education, where he produced reports on educational policy and practice at home and abroad, and advised the government on the development of educational policy. In 1903 he accepted the post of lecturer in education at the University of Manchester. During this period he produced reports on secondary education needs for nine local education authorities. In 1911 he became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds, remaining there until 1923 when he accepted the mastership of University College, Oxford. See Dictionary of National Biography.

Custodial History

Given to Professor J. Sislian by Harry Higginson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Professor J. Sislian, 1986.

Related Materials

A description of Sadler's papers can be found in M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975 (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 44179-216. See also lecture notes and diary entries, 1910-40, in miscellaneous papers acquired singly (MS. Eng. d. 3530); the catalogue of notebooks and correspondence relating to the German education system, 1897-1938, (MSS. Eng. hist. c. 1094, Eng. misc. c. 906); and diaries, 1899-1902 (MSS. Eng. c. 7129-30, d. 3616-22).

Catalogue of Copies of lectures and talks, correspondence and printed works of Sir Michael Ernest Sadler, 1901-c.1961
Finding aid prepared by C. Parker
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