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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. It must be understood that in the case of correspondence the letters from Mr. Hallam are usually represented by copies or drafts.

The 79 Dialectal Note-books within MSS. Eng. lang. g. 1-53, 55-79 are the basis of much of Mr. Hallam's work, being the actual notes of dialects taken on the spot: see MS. Eng. lang. d. 17; d. 27, fol. 83; e. 3.


  • Creation: 1850-1895


11.77 Linear metres (107 Boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. lang. c. 1-4, d. 1-64, e. 1-3, g. 1-53, g. 55-70

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12995


Hallam's Dialect Collection

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. 32059-32207.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collections were presented to the Library by the executors of Hallam in 1895.

Physical Facet

On paper

Hallam's Dialect Collections
Collection Level Description and EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
EAD version 2020
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Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom