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Archive of Robert William Chapman


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Chapman's correspondence and working papers.


  • Creation: 1901-1967


4.8 Linear metres (37 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark, e.g. MS. lett. c. 762, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. lett. c. 759-80; Eng. misc. b. 434 (R), c. 923-8; Photogr. c. 4, fols. 74-92

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12686


Correspondence and working papers of Robert William Chapman (1881-1960), editor of Jane Austen, Samuel Johnson and Anthony Trollope.

Biographical / Historical

Robert William Chapman (1881-1960) studied at the University of St. Andrew's and at Oriel College, Oxford, where he was taught by Gilbert Murray. He subsequently served in Macedonia from 1915-1918. As well as various academic appointments at Oxford, Cambridge and Yale, Chapman held positions as assistant Secretary to Charles Cannan at the Clarendon Press, as Secretary to the Delegates of the Oxford University Press, and was a Council member of the Oxford Bibliographical Society and of the Friends of the Bodleian Library. He was also a founding member of the Society for Pure English and a prolific contributor to the Times literary supplement and the Review of English studies.

For a discussion of Chapman's involvement in the discovery of Boswell's papers at Fettercairn, see David Buchanan, The Treasure of Anchinleck (New York &c., 1974).


The papers are arranged as follows: (1) correspondence; (2) working papers; (3) miscellaneous papers; (4) printed books.

Given, with MS. Photogr. c. 4, fols. 74-92, and printed books Rec. d. 41-4, e.114-15; Vet. A5 c. 179; 3021 d. 160, by Michael Chapman, 1978-80. MSS. Eng. lett. c. 759-80; Eng. misc. b. 434 (R), c. 923-8.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Michael Chapman, 1978-80.

Archive of Robert William Chapman, 1901-67
Finding aid prepared by Judith Priestman
1987, EAD version 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom