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Papers of Sir James Augustus Henry Murray (1837-1915), editor of the Oxford English Dictionary

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The papers comprise Sir James Murray's dictionary correspondence, other papers relating to the dictionary including proof sheets and lectures, and Murray family papers including postcards and photographs.

Dates

  • 1834-1992, n.d.

Extent

9.0 Linear metres (60 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Murray 1/1].
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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Murray 1-42

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 10105, 12616

Overview

The papers of Sir James Murray (1837-1915), editor of The Oxford English Dictionary, with some family papers.

Biographical / Historical

Sir James Augustus Henry Murray (1837-1915), lexicographer, was editor of The Oxford English Dictionary from 1879 until his death. For further information see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The majority of the papers (MSS. Murray 1-38) were donated to the Bodleian in 1994 by Katherine M. Elisabeth Murray (1909-1998), granddaughter of Sir James A.H. Murray. In 2017 Professor Oswyn Murray (b. 1937), great-grandson of Sir James A.H. Murray, donated some additional family papers (MSS. Murray 39-42).
Title
Catalogue of the Papers of Sir James Augustus Henry Murray (1837-1915), editor of the Oxford English Dictionary
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Alan Hughes and Sarah Thiel
Date
2020
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Contact:
Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom