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Hallam's Dialect Collections


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Collections relating to the dialects of England, to a large extent written (partly in shorthand) by Thomas Hallam, including 79 dialectical notebooks, which are the basis of much of Hallam's work and are notes of dialects taken on the spot.


  • 1850-1895


142 shelfmarks

Language of Materials


Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. lang. c. 1].
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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. lang. c. 1-4, d. 1-64, e. 1-5, g. 1-53, g. 55-70

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12995

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Hallam (d 1895) of Manchester was a member of the English Dialect Society.

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. VI, nos. 32059-207.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collections were presented to the Library by the executors of Hallam in 1895.
Hallam's Dialect Collections
Emily Tarrant
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom