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Archive of Joseph Wright


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Papers of Joseph Wright (1855-1930), with some papers of his wife, Elizabeth Mary, 1878-1955, including:

  1. Wright's English dialect dictionary (London & New York, 1896-1901) cut up and pasted into 30 volumes, with annotations and corrections by him
  2. Lists of subscribers to the dictionary
  3. Newspaper cuttings concerning the dictionary
  4. Drafts and manuscripts of various grammars
  5. Lectures, certificates, diplomas, correspondence and photographs
  6. Papers of Elizabeth Mary Wright, concerning 'Sir Gawaine and the Green Knight', c. 1896-1923, and Havelok the Dane, 1921-1922
  7. Letters to Mrs Wright, 1888-1934


  • Creation: 1878-1955


4.19 Linear metres (73 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • German
  • Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
  • English, Middle (1100-1500)

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. lang. c. 12, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. lang. c. 12-14, d. 77-128, e. 13-15, f. 3; Eng. lett. c. 329, d. 347; Eng. misc. a. 15, b. 117(R), c. 566-567; Top. Oxon. b. 267

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13877, 13878


Archive of Joseph Wright, 1878-1955

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Wright (1855-1930) was a philologist. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were transferred from the Taylorian Library in 1972, except for MS. Eng. lang. c. 12 and MS. Eng. lett. c. 329, which were given to the Library in 1974.

Catalogue of the archive of Joseph Wright
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
EAD version 2019
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom