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Notebooks of Alexander Chalmers


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Notebooks of Alexander Chalmers, containing literary references for the lives of well-known persons, chiefly British, most of whom are contained in the 1812 edition of Chalmers's General Biographical Dictionary. The contents of the notebooks are arranged in order of the first letter only of the names, but each volume has an index at end.


  • Creation: 1810


1.20 Linear metres (24 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. hist. e. 4, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. Eng. hist. e. 4-27

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12852


Notebooks of Alexander Chalmers, containing literary references for the lives of well-known persons.

Biographical / Historical

Alexander Chalmers (1759-1834) was a biographer and miscellaneous writer. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

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. V, nos. 30015-30038.

Custodial History

With the armorial bookplate of Dr. John Lee of Hartwell, co. Bucks. (but without his name: the motto is Verum alque deceus) and MS. 491 in his collection: in the Hartwell sale (Edward D. Lee's books), Nov. 1888, lot 165.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The notebooks were bought from Messrs. Bull and Auvache on 11 April 1889, for £1 1s.

Notebooks of Alexander Chalmers
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom